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£8.1 million for training at Airbus

Broughton makes wings for all airbus aircraft. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/PA Images

First Minister Carwyn Jones will today announce an £8.1 million funding package for training at Airbus at Broughton, in Flintshire, which employs 6,000 people.

It will enable the workforce to exploit new technology at the site.

The announcement will be made at Wales' UK Investment Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport.

This funding will help safeguard jobs at Broughton and ensure we remain at the cutting edge of new technology and innovation in a fiercely competitive global market.

Airbus makes a major contribution to the Welsh economy and employs 6,000 people in North Wales in a world class, highly advanced manufacturing facility responsible for assembling more than 900 Airbus aircraft wings a year.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones


PM's comments mean underfunding will go on say Plaid

Plaid Cymru says Wales will continue to lose out after the Prime Minister told MPs that there is no reform 'on the horizon' for the Barnett Formula, which limits any change in the funding that the UK Treasury gives to the Welsh Government.

The Prime Minister's confirmation that the unfair Barnett Formula is here to stay proves that Westminster just isn't working for Wales. If Wales received the same money as Scotland per head, we would have £1.2bn more per year to radically improve our schools, hospitals, roads and railways.

– Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams

Euro aid spending approved

A detailed agreement between the Welsh Government and the European Commission has been reached on how £2 billion of European aid will be spent over the next seven years.

It's split between a regional development fund, worth about £1.1 billion and a smaller social fund, which supports skills development and helping people into work. Most of the development money will be spent on the European Commission's objectives, including research and innovation, the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises, renewables and energy efficiency,

But £252 million will be spent on transport, which the Welsh Government argued was also a priority for economic growth. The metro scheme to improve public transport in Cardiff and the Valleys will be a major beneficiary but the Commission has also agreed to some of the money being spent on road improvements to the A40 in west Wales and the A55 in the north.

Wales is the first to adopt programmes in the UK and indeed, it is a model for the rest of Europe's regions in terms of 'partnership in action'. Thanks to the tireless work and dedication - from ministerial level to the grassroots, we are able to launch these vital programmes for investments that will set Wales on the path to smart and green growth - connecting people, skills and jobs

– European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu

The EU is a unique partnership of nations working together for the benefit of their citizens, and as a pro-European Government we value the role of Wales in Europe and to the UK’s membership of the EU.

– Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM

Police concern over missing Liam Anderson, 13

North Wales Police is appealing for help to find a 13-year-old boy missing from the Holyhead area.

Liam Anderson has not been seen since around 11am yesterday, and all enquiries to locate him have so far proved fruitless.

Liam Anderson is described as 5ft4 tall, of thin build, with short cropped hair, and a freckled complexion. Credit: North Wales Police

I am appealing for anyone who has sighted Liam, or knows of his whereabouts, to contact the police. His family have had no contact with him since late morning and we are concerned for his welfare.

Liam has family in the Birkenhead area and part of our enquiries are focused in this area.

I’d also appeal to Liam himself to contact police or family and friends to let them know that he is safe and well.

– Sergeant Rhys Gough, North Wales Police

Anyone with information should contact North Wales police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Arrest as man critical after Caernarfon incident

A 24-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after sustaining a head injury in a suspicious incident in Caernarfon.

North Wales Police says a 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding, and bailed to allow officers time to identify further witnesses and complete their enquiries.

The incident happened in Cae'r Saint in Caernarfon, at around 11pm on Saturday night. The injured man was taken to a local hospital, but later moved to a specialist unit in Stoke.

Despite a man being arrested we are still very much at an early stage of the investigation and wish to identify and other person who can assist us put together a full sequence of events of exactly what happened last Saturday night.

I am appealing to anyone who was in the Cae’r Saint area of Caernarfon at about 11pm last Saturday, 15th November, and may have witnessed what took place, or the events leading up to it, to contact police.

– Detective Constable Bev Makanjee, North Wales Police

North Wales Police can be contacted on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Jobs news is sign UK Government's plan is working says Welsh Secretary

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has welcomed the announcement of more than a thousand new jobs at six projects in Wales. He said the news is sign that the UK Government's long term economic plan is working and that Wales is poised to benefit from this week's investment summit.

The UK Government has a long term economic plan for getting right behind Welsh businesses and creating the perfect conditions for growth. We have reduced the deficit, cut Corporation Tax and slashed red tape to make our economy more competitive and more attractive for inward investment.

This has led to 8,000 new businesses starting each year in Wales and the creation of around 100,000 new private sector jobs since 2010.

This week’s summit will send a message to the world that we are an ambitious nation that is open for business. There has never been a better time for Wales to capitalise on an investment summit - to turn the success of the recent Nato summit into jobs and prosperity so that more people in Wales can benefit from the security of a regular wage.

– Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales

Prime Minister rejects Wales funding change call

The Prime Minister has told MPs that change to the way that Wales is funded isn't 'on the horizon.' David Cameron said that the current arrangements will become less important as the Welsh Government gets more control over raising its own finances through taxes.

He was being questioned about the next steps for devolution by the chairs of committees in the House of Commons. Monmouth MP, David TC Davies, who chairs the Welsh Affairs committee, asked him if the so-called Barnett Formula will be scrapped.

You can see the Prime Minister's answer in the video below:

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