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Living Wage for staff following new pay policy

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EVERY member of Ceredigion County Council staff will be paid a minimum of £9 an hour – the equivalent of the Foundation Living Wage from April 2019. This follows the approval of a new pay policy by the council on 21 March 2019.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn is the Leader of Ceredigion County Council. She said, “We have aspired to this for years. Austerity has tied our hands behind our backs and limited what we can do to increase staff pay. We have a dedicated workforce and it’s only right that we pay them properly.”

“It’s particularly important that we have been able to give the lowest paid in the council the highest proportion of pay increase. Every member of staff is now paid at least the Foundation Living Wage.”

The new pay policy incorporates nationally set pay scales. Setting the new pay scales means that the lowest paid staff will see the biggest increase in pay. The two lowest pay grades have been merged in Ceredigion, meaning that every member of staff will be paid a minimum of £9 an hour from 1 April 2019. This will rise to £9.18 within 12 months of working for the council.

Alison Boshier is the Secretary of the Unison Ceredigion County Branch. She said, “We have worked closely with Ceredigion County Council on the new pay policy. We’ve been involved in every stage of an open and transparent process. Most council staff live locally, so not only will this increase benefit council staff, it’s also going to benefit the local economy.”

Peter Hill is the Regional Organiser for the GMB Union. He said, “GMB union are very pleased that agreement has been reached with Ceredigion County Council on implementation of the NJC Pay Award. This pay deal was negotiated with the recognised unions and broke the government’s 1% pay cap, giving our members in local government a much needed 2% pay rise, with additional rises for the lowest paid grades.”

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Spate of overnight burglaries in Clarach, Bow Street and Ponterwyd

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POLICE are investigating a spate of burglaries overnight in Clarach, Bow Street and Ponterwyd.

A number of burglaries have been reported, with entry forced to businesses and CCTV cameras damaged or removed.

In Bow Street, entry was forced into an agricultural merchants, where items were taken; and CCTV was removed from a business.

Two vehicles – a VW Passat – registration plate CU16 OAL – and an Audi – registration YT09 TWL – were also reported stolen from a garage in the village.

A VW Crafter – registration plate GM16OTP, along with tools and equipment were stolen from a business in Ponterwyd.

Four businesses at Nantallan Business Park were targeted:

Bikes and steamers were reported stolen from one, a generator and two boxes containing LED lighting from another, a Mitsubishi L200 flatbed truck taken from the third, and tools stolen from a fourth.

Police are treating the incidents as linked, and would like to speak to anyone with information or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the Clarach and Bow Street areas.

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Police confirm Ellie Bryan, 18, died in collision

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE can confirm the woman who tragically died following a collision at Commins Coch was Ellie Bryan, from Aberystwyth.
The 18-year-old was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra which was involved in a collision at around 10pm on Saturday, November 16.
Her family has released the following statement: “We are distraught by our loss of Ellie. She will be missed by us all.
“Ellie was a loving daughter, sister and granddaughter.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this devastating time.
“We would appreciate having time to grieve in privacy.”
Police continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information about the collision to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.
You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353.

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18-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

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POLICE have said they have arrested a driver in connection with a fatal collision which took place at Commins Coch on Saturday (Nov 16).

An 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The collision occurred on the A487 at around 10pm, and involved two vehicles.

Enquiries have revealed the involvement of a third car and yesterday the driver of this vehicle was arrested.

An 18-year-old woman – a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra – sadly died from injuries sustained in the incident. Her family is being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the Astra remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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