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£7.6m for mental health services

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The Welsh Government says it is investing an extra £7.6m every year in mental health services for children and young people in Wales.

The additional funding will help improve specialist child and adolescent mental health services’ (CAMHS) ability to respond out of hours and at times of crisis; expand access to psychological therapies for young people; improve provision for children and young people in local primary mental health support services and ensure services intervene early to meet the needs of young people who develop psychosis.

A considerable amount of work is now underway to move CAMHS forward. I have always been clear that money alone is not the answer for all the challenges facing the NHS, but the changes we are seeking to make to these services are the most significant for many years and ensuring appropriate resources are available will help to achieve the right outcomes for children and young people

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health and Social Services Minister

Man released after flat fire death in Cwmbran

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The 49-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after a flat fire at in Cwmbran has been released with no further action.

29-year-old Samantha Thomas died in the blaze, which happened on Tuesday.

Gwent Police officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

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Llanelli school evacuated after nearby explosion

A school in Llanelli has been evacuated after an explosion nearby.

Emergency services were called to Bryngwyn School just before 1pm following reports of a 'loud bang' and 'smoke rising into the air'.

They found that a nearby external transformer had exploded.

Emergency services were called to Bryngwyn School in Llanelli after an explosion. Credit: Google Maps

The school has been evacuated as a precaution and all pupils and staff are accounted for, and no one is injured. The fire service has set up a cordon. We emphasise all children are safe, and parents do NOT need to attend at the school.

– Dyfed Powys Police

Several hundred Western Power customers have temporarily been left without power following the incident.

Community groups could take over public facilities

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The Welsh Government is considering Wales-specific law to help communities bid for, own and run assets transferred from the public and private sectors.

They would include facilities like halls, churches, playing fields, pubs and post offices.

It says developing a bespoke law would mean the maximum flexibility to suit the specific needs of Welsh communities.

People across Wales are encouraged to have their say on the plan.

Community halls, playing fields and post offices all play a central role in providing crucial services and keeping people connected in our communities. However, the current challenging financial climate has placed great pressure on such facilities.

When buildings and services which are working well and are important to the community are at risk of closure, we want to enable communities to take over ownership. This will not only ensure these key services continue, but also create jobs and skills opportunities for local people.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities Minister
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