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UKIP vow to make allocation of funding fairer for Wales

UKIP in Wales has pledged to replace the Barnett Formula at the launch of its general election manifesto.

UKIP says it would reform the immigration system if in power. Credit: PA

It says it wants to make the allocation of funding to Wales fairer, raise the 40p tax threshold to £55,000 and scrap inheritance tax.

It's also vowed to reform the immigration system by introducing an Australian-style points system.

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House prices 'flatline' in Wales

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The number of new properties coming onto the market in Wales increased in March, but the supply boost failed to excite buyers, as potential new buyers declined according to the latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) UK Residential Market Survey.

House prices stagnated with just 4% more surveyors in Wales reporting an increase – bucking the trend across much of the rest of the UK where 21% more surveyors reporting a rise in house prices in March (up from 15% in February).

Welsh speeders caught topping 136mph

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has discovered four people have been caught at speeds in excess of 120mph on roads in Wales in 2014 - with one even being caught at 136mph.

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This is one of the worst cases of speeding caught on a safety camera in Great Britain in the past year.

The findings come as a result of a Freedom of Information request made by the IAM.

The charity made the request to the four Welsh police forces, asking for details of their top five instances of excessive speeding captured on safety cameras on their roads in 2014.

136mph was recorded on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conwy Credit: Google Maps

Wales' worst speeder was recorded by North Wales Police at 136mph on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conwy, which has a speed limit of 60mph - thus breaking the limit by 76mph.

The A5 also saw two further instances of 120mph-plus recorded; 122mph on the Ty Nant-Cerrigydrudion stretch in Conwy; and 121mph at Halton, Wrexham.

The final case of 120mph being exceeded in Wales was captured by South Wales Police: 125mph on the M4 between Junction 35 Pencoed and Junction 34 Miskin, where a 70mph limit is in force.

125mph was recorded at J35 on the M4 Credit: Google Maps

Those guilty of this level of excessive speeding are clearly not deterred by a short ban or fine. Their minds need to be concentrated to appreciate that they are putting other road users at significant danger by acting in this way. It is crucial that drivers and riders receive continuous development.

– Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer

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