Today's GDP figures are extremely disappointing - but not surprising. We have repeatedly warned the UK Government their austerity cuts were too deep, too fast. The Deputy Prime Minister is now in agreement with us. Their cuts to capital investment in major infrastructure projects is causing damage to our economy at a time when spending by households and businesses is too weak to offset cutbacks in UK Government spending.
Furthermore, the Chief Economist of the IMF has now advised the Chancellor to reconsider his plans. A new plan for growth and jobs should now be a major priority for the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.We are doing all we can within our powers to support and encourage business in Wales and our Programme for Government places jobs right at the heart of what we do.
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The world bog snorkelling championships returns to Llanwrtyd Wells this weekend.
A cloudy start with a scattering of showers spreading eastwards, allowing some warm sunshine to develop from the west during the afternoon.
The Lions are due to depart before the PRO12 and Premiership finals, with the first match taking place on same weekend as Top 14 final.