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Two-year-old’s mother says she will ‘live with guilt’ following tragic death

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THE MOTHER of Kiara Moore, a two-year-old girl who sadly died following an incident in the River Teifi in Cardigan yesterday afternoon (Mar 19), has said that she is ‘so sorry’ for her ‘stupidity’ which lead to her death.

Kim Rowlands said: “Sadly yesterday my beautiful baby girl passed away!

“Due to my own stupidity, I will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life!

“Mummy loves you baby girl and I’m so sorry.”

Kiara was found in the river in her parent’s car.

Police originally put made a public appeal asking for information about the car believing it to have been stolen with her in it, however it has now been revealed that it was a tragic set of circumstances which lead to her death.

Posting on Facebook, Jet Moore, Kiara’s father, said: “Just to let every one who keeps asking how know, it was the lemons stacked up too far!

“They got in the car to go home. Sat on bank card which snapped and needed money to get home etc.

“Went back to the office to get money from the desk and came back to no car. Looked in the river, no signs. So we thought she and the car had been taken.

“The police found the car a while later and went way beyond the call of duty jumping in and pulling her out.

“They tried to revive her for hours but unfortunately could not.

“Everyone had done their best.

“Thank you all so much for the support it means the world!”

He added: “Thank you all so much for the support it means the world!

“She was an incredible happy young girl who lived I hope a great adventurous fun life. And may have done more than most people.

“Been skiing twice and skied her self! Paddled the great glen Scotland. Paddled the Wye.

“Played on every beach we could. Had a loving family and made us all happy.

“She always wanted to be called RAR RAR which was our nickname for her.

“Love her so much”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Herald they are not looking for anyone in connection with the incident: “Sadly, we confirm that Kiara Moore,  was pronounced dead at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff last night, having being recovered from a car in the River Teifi yesterday afternoon (Mar 19).

“Police have made extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and can now confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

“The vehicle was recovered from the river early this morning.

“H.M Coroner has been advised.

“Kiara’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.”

Nicola Hughes added on the father’s Facebook page: “This brings tears to my eyes I can’t imagine the pain you must be feeling, I pray that god will watch over you and give you strength during this awful time, rest in peace in heaven beautiful girl.”

Kiara was airlifted to Cardiff by the Wales Air Ambulance, after police said she was ‘removed from the vehicle’ and ‘recieved medical attention’.

30 emergency service staff remained at the scene as they searched a 200-metre stretch of the River Teifi.

Milford Haven Coastguard said it was a ‘large multi-agency operation’ headed up by Dyfed-Powys Police.

A specialist dive team from South Wales Police were on the scene.

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Council tax reduction supports people on low incomes

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A COUNCIL Tax Reduction Scheme is in place to help people who are on a low income. The council administers the scheme on behalf of the Welsh Government for people who are liable to pay Council Tax and who live in Ceredigion. With the recent decision to raise Council Tax by 7%, residents on low incomes are being urged to find out if they are entitled to some help towards paying their Council Tax.

People can be eligible for the reduction if they are on a low income, working or unemployed, cannot work because of illness, retired or are caring for someone. The amount of the reduction depends on a person’s circumstances and how much Council Tax they need to pay.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd is the Cabinet member responsible for Financial Services. He said, “We made the difficult decision to raise Council Tax by 7% to reduce the amount of cuts we have to make to council services. The reality is that the council is getting less money from the Welsh Government at a time when costs and demand for services are rising.”

“We want to urge anyone who is on a low income to consider if they are eligible for Council Tax Reduction. Tax increases can add pressure onto people’s budgets, and although this increase is vital to keep quality services in Ceredigion, we want to make sure that anyone who is eligible for help gets it.”

For more information on eligibility and how to claim council tax reduction, email revenues@ceredigion.gov.uk or call 01970 633 252.

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7% council tax increase to protect education funding

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THE COUNCIL TAX in Ceredigion for 2019-2020 will increase by 7%. The increase was agreed by councillors to reduce the impact of cuts to the Council’s budget and, in particular, to protect education spending. The decision was made in a Council meeting on 21 February 2019.

2% of the 7% increase will be used to protect education spending. Schools budgets have been under severe stress after years of needing to make savings. Costs have increased yet again following the agreement of new teachers’ salary increases together with increased pension contributions. This extra 2% uplift will enable school budgets to be kept flat.

The council tax rate increase is set by three key components, the County Council’s tax, the precept of Town and Community Councils and the Police precept. Increases set by the Police and Town and Community Councils result in a combined increase of 7.56%.

Councillor Ellen ap Leader of the Council, said, “We had no option but to ask Council to increase Council Tax by 7% in order to reduce the impact of the cuts we have had to make across council budgets. A successful Ceredigion in the future needs well-funded and well run schools. We want to invest in the future of our children and our county.”

“The reality is that the council is getting less money from the Welsh Government at a time when costs and demand for services are rising. The uplift of teachers’ salaries and pensions has not been fully funded by Welsh Government to date. If council tax had not increased, we would have to make deeper cuts.”

In 2018-2019, the average Council Tax Band D property was £1,226.48. The increase means that the same property will pay £1,312.33 in 2019-2020. The council’s budget has been cut by £39m or 25% in the last seven years. The Council will still need to save another £6m in the coming financial year.

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Information management policies updated to improve security

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THREE key information management policies have been updated by Ceredigion County Council. The policies were updated because of new laws and the need make sure that they are effective in a changing technological environment.

The updated policies were approved by the council’s Cabinet in a meeting on 19 February 2019.

The three policies that have been reviewed are:

· Data Protection/GDPR Policy
· Information Security Policy
· Information and Records Management Policy

The Deputy Leader of Ceredigion County Council and Cabinet member responsible for Governance, Councillor Ray Quant MBE said, “The council needs to keep information and data to carry out the many service we provide. Because of this we have to make sure we’re up to date on data and information protections laws. This decision means that we have approved the hard work done to update the policies and make sure that they are fit for use.”

The policies are essential to manage digital and paper records of the council.

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