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Reverend calls for fairer pay in New Year’s message

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Revd Jill-Hailey Harries

Revd Jill-Hailey Harries: Calling for fairer pay in her New Year’s message

PAYING sacked football managers millions of pounds in compensation, while essential workers like carers struggle on low wages, is a dismal reflection on society’s values, according to a leading Welsh Christian in her New Year’s message.

“Thousands of care workers, on whom countless elderly and house-bound people depend for support, survive on just £7.20 an hour,” said the Revd Jill-Hailey Harries, Vice-president of the Union of Welsh Independent Churches.

“Yet the manager at Crystal Palace FC walks away with £5m in his pocket after being sacked, while Swansea City will pay ‘a substantial severance package’ to former manager Bob Bradley, dismissed as a failure after less than three months in the job.

“It’s an obscene situation. £5m is more than what 350 carers earn between them in a year! As well as being low-paid, care workers may have zero-hour contracts, which means no pay at all if they are ill. It’s also a battle to ensure they are paid for the time travelling from one appointment to another.

“Small wonder that a high percentage of care workers leave the sector every year to take other jobs. This obviously has an impact on workforce experience and disrupts the continuity of care to clients. Older people are happier
with familiar faces.

“I welcome the steps being taken at present by the Welsh Government to impose a legal requirement on those who employ carers to give them a fair deal. With the demand for social care increasing, at a time of greater cuts in public spending, the financial pressures are huge.

“In 2017, let us all recognise and celebrate the essential contribution made by the army of care workers in Wales.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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