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National Assembly set to be renamed “Senedd”
The Llywydd, Elin Jones (Plaid, Ceredigion), has decided against renaming the National Assembly to Welsh Parliament and will instead opt for “Senedd”, despite a public consultation finding Welsh Parliament to be the most popular choice.
There were concerns that MWPs – which is what AMs would then be called – sounds too much like “muppet”. However, the acronym for a member of the Senedd in Welsh (AS) is identical to that of MPs in Westminster.
Brexit blamed for Llanelli factory closure plans
The First Minister said the UK Government’s handling of Brexit was to blame for the announcement that German-owned Schaeffler’s factory in Llanelli was set to close with the loss of 220 jobs. Another site in Plymouth was also due to close. The factory manufactures components for the automotive and industrial sector.
The First Minister told BBC Wales, “This is uncertainty, worry and concern that could be avoided if we had clarity and confidence from the UK government that a deal will be struck that does not adversely affect businesses and their workforce.
“Today, I will again be calling on the UK government to strike a Brexit deal that protects jobs and the economy and stop peddling the myth that a ‘no deal’ exit from the EU is a viable option.”
Stockpiling starts ahead of Brexit Day
On November 9th, BBC Wales reported that a number of wholesalers and cold storage firms were setting up stockpiling warehouses in the Valleys in preparation for possible disruption when the UK leaves the EU on March 29th.
Managing director of Wild Water – one of the companies involved- said many of their customers were concerned about the impact of possible delays at the UK-EU border. Their Cardiff warehouse was said to have been full to capacity for four months at the time of writing.
They said, “They’re (customers) worried about the raw ingredients to be able to make ready meals, they’re concerned about flour, they’re concerned about juices. Everything you can think of that we use for food. Everybody is looking to stockpile.”
Concessionary bus fares for young people expanded
The Welsh Government have announced that the “MyTravelPass” scheme, which grants a cardholder a third off bus fares in Wales, will be extended from 16-18-year-olds to 21-year-olds. The scheme will also be secure until March 2020.
Economy & Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates (Lab, Clwyd South) said, “Today’s enhancement of the MyTravelPass scheme will not only help young people in training or apprenticeships, and during the transition into work, but will hopefully also encourage more to use the bus for more of their journeys.”