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Council passes motion expressing concern on possible effects of Universal Credit

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IN A Full Council meeting on January 24, Ceredigion County Council passed a motion noting concern over the introduction of Universal Credit in Ceredigion in September 2018.

The motion was proposed by the Council’s Poverty Champion and Cabinet Member responsible for Learning Services, Flying Start and Team Around the Family, Councillor Catrin Miles. The motion was seconded by the Cabinet Member responsible for Social Services, Councillor Catherine Hughes. The motion notes that Westminster Government’s Universal Credit scheme is causing a social emergency and that the rollout of Universal Credit outside of Wales has caused serious financial difficulties for thousands of claimants.

The motion calls on the Welsh Government to begin discussions with the UK Government to demand devolution to the National Assembly for Wales of powers to allow payment flexibilities and the housing element of Universal Credit in order to protect some of Wales’s most vulnerable people from the problems experienced elsewhere. The motion also calls on the Welsh Government to demand a fiscal framework which will accommodate the devolution of these elements of social security and to demand that payment for rent is made directly to the landlord to avoid homelessness and ensure that people have a roof over their heads.

Councillor Catrin Miles said, “The changes to the benefit system in Ceredigion are upcoming, therefore every effort must be made to ensure that the changes are made in a way that support the wellbeing of the people of the county. The passing of this motion sends a clear message that the Council is of the opinion that additional advocacy is needed on behalf of Ceredigion residents.”

Councillors discussed and passed the motion. The motion will now be presented to the Welsh Government.

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Former AM charged with child porn offences

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SIMON THOMAS, the former Plaid Cymru AM for Mid & West Wales has been charged with three offences of making indecent images of children.

Mr Thomas, aged 54, was charged with the offences earlier today (Sept 18) at Aberystwyth Police Station.

He has been bailed to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 3.

At the time of his arrest, Mr Thomas was his Party’s spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Energy policy and had recently taken up a role which would have seen him perform a significant role in Plaid Cymru’s future campaigns.

His arrest in July was a shock both to his political allies and those in other parties in the Assembly.

Following his arrest, Mr Thomas resigned immediately as an Assembly Member and from Plaid Cymru. He was replaced as regional AM by Helen Mary Jones.

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Storm Helene could bring 70mph winds

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WINDS of up to 70mph could batter the county on Monday and Tuesday (Sept 17-18) with a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office.

Storm Helene is set to arrive on Monday evening at around 6pm and last until Tuesday at around 8am.

Operational Meteorologist for the Met Office Martin Bowles said: “An issue is that trees are in full leaf and so are more likely to be blown over in strong winds than they would be in the middle of winter.

“That could be a problem.

“The storm will head straight up through the Irish Sea and across the North of England on Monday night, bringing some heavy rain and some strong winds.

“We have updated some areas to a yellow warning.”

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and take extra care on the roads.

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Police confirm body found following Belgrave House fire

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POLICE have confirmed that remains of a male have been recovered during the search at Belgrave House Hotel, Aberystwyth.

The remains have not yet been identified.

The family of the missing Lithuanian man have been informed of this development.

H.M.Coroner has been updated and a Home Office post mortem has been arranged

The search of the scene continues.

Police are in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service over this development.

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