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One month to organ donation opt-out system

Today marks one month to go until Wales will become the first country in the UK to introduce a new soft opt-out system for organ and tissue donation.

The Welsh Government is continuing to raise awareness of the legislation change, which will come into effect from December 1. Credit: Welsh Government

It will mean that you have given 'presumed consent' for your organs to be used after your death, unless you say otherwise.

Those who have had life-saving transplants are hoping that the new legislation will mean a shorter wait for donors.

"I believe that the change to the law on organ donation gives more choice to individuals as you can opt in, out or do nothing and have deemed consent for donation. It will empower people to decide what they want to happen after their death, taking the pressure off their loved ones at such a terrible time. It is the kindest and greatest gift you can give once you have gone."

– Kayleigh Old, lung transplant recipient


Organ donor numbers rise in lead up to new law

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The number of organ donors is rising in the lead up to Wales' historic change in the law.

An official report also says the number of people in Wales who die waiting for a transplant is falling.

More than 100,000 people have signed up to the donation register. From December a system of 'presumed consent' will be in force.

WATCH: Parents of Britain's youngest organ donor raise awareness of new law

£46m 'to boost infrastructure and the Welsh economy'

Some of the money will fund training facilities at Airbus. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

The Welsh Government has announced a package of over £46 million capital investment during 2015-16 which, it says, will boost infrastructure, skills and promote economic growth across Wales.

£2.7 million will be in invested in Airbus and Aerospace training facilities for high level training and on-going support for aerospace manufacturing.

North Wales is also set to benefit from an investment of £2.7 million for transport developments. This includes investment in the Llangefni Link Road and the Northern Gateway Highway Infrastructure.

£33 million will be allocated to support businesses across Wales.

The need for targeted investment in infrastructure is well rehearsed and is central to the priorities set out in our Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan.

Infrastructure investment is one of the main contributors to growth and jobs and has a positive impact on the economy.

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister


30 new jobs for Bridgend

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The Welsh Government has announced 30 new jobs are being created at Sony's Bridgend operation.

A new Digital Media Content Management division is being developed at its site in Pencoed. It will convert video and media content to a digital format for publication across a growing range of platforms.

Sony UKTEC, one of our anchor companies, makes a significant contribution to the Welsh economy and it’s great news that it is expanding and diversifying and I am delighted that Welsh Government support helped secure this investment for Pencoed.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister
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