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Labour say Welsh Government's achievements will be "robust shield" for Assembly election campaign

First Minister Carwyn Jones will tell AMs later that his government is on course to deliver on the promises it made to the voters in the 2011 election campaign. In his final report on his programme for government before he faces the electorate again, he's expected to say that out of more than 500 commitments, more than 95% have been delivered -or are on track to be delivered in the next few months.

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Welsh Labour claim that this includes all the main pledges in the the 2011 manifesto, such as Jobs Growth Wales, extra money for schools, low tuition fees for Welsh students, and longer GP opening hours. One source called Labour's record in government in Wales "a robust statistical shield" against attacks from political opponents. Nevertheless, the Conservatives say they will challenge the Welsh Government on its record.

On health – on education – on the economy – the evidence is clear; Wales continues to fall behind and Labour ministers have no answers. Don’t take it from me – listen to the experts, the independent reports and the cold hard statistics.

Over 400 thousand people are waiting to start NHS treatment in Labour-run Wales. When Carwyn Jones became First Minister that figure was just 200 thousand. Global school test performance lags behind other parts of the UK and business support is nowhere near where it should be.

This is the real programme for government update and an urgent focus is desperately needed on our schools, our NHS services, our businesses and our communities.

– Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies AM

Welsh Government: Inward investment at record high

Inward investment in Wales is at a record high, the Welsh Government has claimed today, with 94 new projects coming here last year.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "we are attracting some of the most prestigious companies from across the world to Wales, creating jobs and growth in our key markets."

The First Minister says Wales is celebrating record inward investment. Credit: PA

American manufacturing company Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, which employs around 350 people at its base in Pencoed, Bridgend, has announced it is extending its facility, with a £4.6m investment supported by the Welsh Government, and 24 new jobs created.

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Publicity campaign begins for organ donation changes in Wales

The next phase of the public information campaign about the new system of organ donation in Wales starts this week.

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Television, radio and digital adverts will be broadcast and all homes in Wales will receive an information pack to encourage people to start thinking about their organ donation choices.

The most recent survey of public attitudes towards the changes shows that the proportion of adults aware of them has increased from 57% in June 2014 to 63% in March 2015.

We hope this new law will help save lives by transforming attitudes towards consent to organ donation here in Wales.

It's great to see awareness of the organ donation law change is increasing. As we move into the next phase of the public awareness campaign, we hope people will continue talking to their loved ones about their organ donation choices.

– Mark Drakeford, Health and Social Services Minister

The new Wales-only soft opt-out system of organ donation comes into being on 1 December 2015.

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Assembly Members to vote on whether to ban smoking in cars carrying children

If approved, smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 18 will be banned.

A debate will be held later in the National Assembly for Wales for AMs to vote on whether to ban smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 18.

If approved, a ban will come into force on October 1, 2015. A ban in England will also come into force on the same day.

Offenders could receive a £50 fine for each offence, if the ban is introduced.

Some people believe that opening the window of a car will help disperse smoke but in reality it simply blows back in. It causes a real and substantial threat to children's health.

Children cannot escape from toxic chemicals contained in second-hand smoke when travelling in cars.

They often don't have a choice over whether or not they travel in cars and may not feel able to ask an adult to stop smoking.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services

£6m to help older people live independently

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The Welsh Government has announced a £6 million investment to help older people in Wales live independently in their own home.

It says the funding supports the work of the Care and Repair service. It provides adaptations like ramps, handrails, and safety alarms, to enable older people to live safely in their own homes.

£2 million of the funding is for the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme, which provides minor adaptations to help prevent many people from having to be admitted to hospital.

The Welsh Government says estimates show every pound invested in the programme creates a £7.50 saving for health and social services.

Care and Repair and the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme help transform the lives of more than 40,000 older people across Wales every year.

By providing relatively small home adaptations, these services enable people to continue to live safely in the homes they love with the dignity they deserve.

As people across Wales live longer, healthier lives, such preventative measures play an increasingly important role in supporting our health and social services.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty
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