Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies has hit back at accusations of 'dodgy maths' levelled at him by a Labour AM Ken Skates. Mr Davies said figures he used to criticise Welsh Government spending on the NHS were accurate.
Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly have been accused of repeatedly using 'dodgy figures.' Labour AM Ken Skates said the Opposition Leader at first claimed health service cuts amounted to £500m and later said the figure was £800m and listed other wide variations in figures quoted by Tory politicians
A report from Assembly Members has told the Welsh Government that it must get involved in safeguarding Welsh television programmes. A committee chaired by Labour AM Ken Skates also calls for action on radio and newspapers. The main recommendations include:
- An independent forum to advise on media policy and the devolution of broadcasting.
- The current ITV Wales service to be the minimum requirement for the renewal of the Channel 3 licence.
- Opportunities for a Wales-specific Channel 3 licence should be explored.
- S4C funding should be kept under review
- BBC Wales political coverage should be kept under review, in the light of budget cuts.
- Continued support for community radio.
- The media regulator Ofcom to have specific Welsh language duties.
- Engagement with newspaper companies to provide a viable response to job losses and newspaper closures.