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'Drop in Welsh happiness levels'

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New figures suggest levels of happiness have fallen in Wales over the past five years, bucking the UK trend.

Between 2011/12 and 2015/16, there was a 4% drop in people in Wales reporting they were happy compared with a 16% rise in England and a 5% increase in the UK overall.

The data provides a half-decade picture of Britain's changing wellbeing levels for the first time and was compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Welsh areas which had notable falls included Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen which saw drops of 3% and 4% respectively.

Cap on rail fares announced for passengers in Wales

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The Welsh Government has announced that regulated rail fares in Wales will not rise above the rate of inflation until at least October 2018.

This means that from January 2017 the maximum increase that Arriva Trains Wales can apply to regulated rail fares will be 1.9% - 0% above the Retail Price Index rate of inflation.

For 2017, we have again determined that capping fares at 0% above the rate of inflation is preferable – providing continuity to existing rail users and ensuring that travelling by train remain sattractive and affordable. Rail fare increases from January 2018 until the end of the current franchise in October 2018 will also be capped at the rate of inflation and not a penny more.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy and Infrastructure Secretary


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Diane James: Neil Hamilton is the leader of UKIP in Wales

The new leader of UKIP Diane James says Neil Hamilton is the leader of UKIP in Wales.

Diane James told ITV News she wants Nathan Gill to concentrate on his role as an UKIP MEP.

She was in Wales having one on one meetings with UKIP AMs after months of internal tensions between Neil Hamilton and Nathan Gill.

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