Wefan Gymraeg

Johnson victory a dark day for British politics

Welsh Liberal Democrat President William Powell has responded to Boris Johnson’s victory in the Conservative party’s leadership election, calling it a dark day for British politics.

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Jane Dodds welcomes Jo Swinson as Lib Dem leader

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has welcomed Jo Swinson’s election as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. Jane has hailed Jo Swinson’s vision for a liberal UK at the heart of the EU, a UK that leads the way in fighting climate change.

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5% pay rise for newly qualified teachers

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, has put forward proposals to increase teachers’ pay. It is the first time Wales has been able to determine teachers’ pay and conditions after it was devolved to Wales last year.

The proposals would see a 5% pay rise for newly qualified teachers, as well as a 2.75% rise for all other school teachers.

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New investment in Education Technology announced

Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has today announced £50million worth of investment to upgrade Education Technology within schools.

The money will expand HWB, a programme improving the use of digital technology, and will be used to provide schools with equipment and increase understanding of Wales’ digital infrastructure. Local authorities will have a role in ensuring the funding is used appropriately in different areas.

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Time to embrace zero-carbon housing

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the Better Homes, Better Wales, Better World report and called for Welsh Government and the housing sector to fully embrace the potential of zero carbon housing to reduce fuel poverty and fight climate change.

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Action taken to bring down the cost of school uniform

School uniforms in Wales will be more affordable, as well as being gender-neutral, following statutory guidance published by Kirsty Williams today.

Governing bodies will be expected to consider how the cost of uniforms can be kept down. This could be through stipulating items and colours, but not styles, which would allow things to be bought from different outlets. They will also be expected to consider whether logos are strictly necessary, and if so, whether they should apply to just one item of uniform or provided free of charge.

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Wales now a remain nation

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have responded to a Beaufort Research poll for WalesOnline showing a ten-point lead for remain in Wales; claiming it is clear evidence that Wales is now a remain nation.

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New bursaries to help Welsh graduates undertake postgraduate study in Wales

New bursaries aimed at increasing the number of Welsh graduates remaining in or returning to Wales to study a Master’s degree have been announced this week by Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister.

Funding is available for degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. Additional funding will be available for those undertaking a Master’s degree in Welsh.

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Lack of policy on begging arrests “shocking” say Welsh Lib Dems

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on Wales’ police forces to stop using a 200-year old law to arrest and prosecute rough sleepers, after a senior police officer admitted there was no consistent policy on its use.

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New survey results show increase in parents’ satisfaction with education

Results from the National Survey for Wales (April 2018-March 2019) have shown a marked increase in parents’ satisfaction with the education their children receive.

There has been a 6% increase in satisfaction with secondary schools, to 81% in 2018-19 from 75% in 2017-18.

90% of parents said they were satisfied with their child’s primary school, up from 88% in 2017-18.

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