Principality have released their results for 2012 which show that lending levels have increased. Their message is that first-time buyers are key to stimulating the housing market and supporting the economy and lending to this group has increased by 34%.
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Council have until today to say if the plan to merge. Minister Leighton Andrews says joining together will create "significant savings"
Mainly cloudy, with a little patchy, light rain in the southeast this afternoon. Some brighter spells in the west at times.
A largely dry, cloudy and mild night with fog patches mainly confined to higher ground. Blustery along the coast.