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Renew tax credit claim in a week or lose it warning

The tax credits renewal deadline is a week away say HM Revenue and Customs.

More than 865,000 claimants have still not yet renewed their tax credits and they only have until 31st July to do so, or payments might end.

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Last year more than 650,000 people failed to renew on time.

This year, for the first time, claimants can renew online at GOV.UK, as well as being able to renew by post and phone.

Time is running out for people in Wales to renew their tax credits, or they risk losing their money. The majority of people can renew online this year, which is quick, easy and can be done at a time of day to suit them.

– Nick Lodge, HMRC

Top tips for keeping cool - whatever your age!

Age Cymru is today reminding older people about how to stay cool during hot weather but the tips will suit anyone feeling parched.

Elderly
Look cool and stay cool! Credit: PA
  • Try and plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat in the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm)
  • If you go out stay in the shade, wear a hat and light loose fitting clothes which are preferably cotton
  • If you are outside for some time, take plenty of fresh drinking water with you as well as a high factor suncream/block (at least factor 15)
  • Take cool showers or baths and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly your face and the back of your neck
  • Drink regularly even if you do not feel thirsty - water/fruit juice is best and try to avoid alcohol
  • Try to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit, which contain water
  • Close the curtains in rooms that get a lot of sun
  • Open windows when the temperature inside rises, and at night for ventilation
  • If you are worried about security, at least open windows on the first floor and above

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Warm and sunny before another muggy night

by Kate Lewis

Today will be another fine and mainly dry day across the country.

There will be long sunny periods, however there is a small risk of an isolated shower in the south later.

Feeling very warm or locally hot once again.

Maximum temperature 28 °C, 82 in Fahrenheit.

Any fair weather cloud will soon clear to leave a fine evening with plenty of late, warm sunshine.

It will remain dry overnight, with mostly clear skies.

Another uncomfortable night for sleeping with minimum temperature 14 °C.

Largely dry with plenty of warm sunny spells

by Kate Lewis

Another largely dry and very warm, or even hot day throughout the country.

There is expected to be variable amounts of fair weather cloud but plenty of sunny spells too.

There is a small risk of showers across Pembrokeshire during the afternoon but they are expected to be light and well scattered.

Maximum temperature 27 °C.

Largely dry but a humid night once again

by Kate Lewis

Showers spreading westwards during this evening will eventually die out to leave a largely dry night with clear skies in many places.

It will feel quite muggy and humid once again, with minimum temperatures between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow is expected to be a largely dry, fine and bright day with variable amounts of fair weather cloud but also plenty of sunshine.

There is a small risk of light, scattered showers through Pembrokeshire during the afternoon.

Tomorrow's temperatures are likely to be similar to today, reaching a maximum of 27 degrees Celsius.

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Royals meet Commonwealth Games athletes

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been meeting and greeting athletes ahead of tonight's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, due to start at 8pm.

Prince Charles greets members meets members of the Wales badminton team during the build-up to Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Prince Charles greets members of the Wales badminton team during the build-up to Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Credit: Reuters
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with members of the England badminton team during a visit to the Commonwealth Arena and Velodrome in Glasgow.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with members of the England badminton team during a visit to the Commonwealth Arena and Velodrome in Glasgow. Credit: Reuters
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watches members of India's boxing team during a training session.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watches members of India's boxing team during a training session. Credit: Reuters

The Queen, as head of the Commonwealth, is to formally open the Games in Glasgow. Organisers have said the spectacle is to be the most prestigious live event in Scotland.

Read: Glasgow promises 'spectacular' Commonwealth Games

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