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Latest podcast from Phil Evans and Robert Lloyd

Posted By Robert Lloyd

The latest podcast from Phil Evans and Robert Lloyd.

The Big Cwtsh (Episode 31) is now on Soundcloud.


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Kelly thrilled with Scarlets A winning display

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Scarlets A, sponsored by Juno Moneta Group, faced Dragons at Ystrad Mynach in the final pool stage of the Celtic Cup competition on Sunday, 14th October, needing a victory to secure a place in the competition’s inaugural final.

Despite a loss to Munster the previous week the young Scarlets side claimed an all-important bonus point to keep their hopes of making the final alive.

Two early tries from the Dragons at Ystrad Mynach put Scarlets A on the back foot but a spectacular second half comeback saw the West Wales side run in eight tries to seal the victory.

Scarlets A will take on Leinster in the final this weekend with venue and kick-off to be confirmed.

Commenting on the game Richard Kelly, Scarlets A Head Coach said; “We’re very happy. It probably wasn’t the best start to the first half being 12-0 down but to come out on top was very pleasing, and we’re all thrilled with the overall win.”

Looking forward to the final against Leinster A next weekend, Kelly went on to say; “I think it was a real tight game last time, the weather wasn’t on our side and definitely played a part in it.

“When you look at Leinster as a team they’re the best in Europe at the moment in terms of developmental A teams. I think in order for us to win this final, we need to start a bit better than we did this week and hopefully the game will unfold in our favour.”

Speaking about the competition as a whole, he went on to say; “We’re really pleased with how the competition has panned out for us as a region. The squad has had an opportunity to work together over a prolonged period of time and gel as a group.”

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The latest Clay Shaw Butler Money Matters column

Posted By Robert Lloyd

By Mark Jones, director of Carmarthen-based Clay Shaw Butler chartered accountants and business consultants. The Money Matters column appears in the Pembrokeshire Herald, the Carmarthenshire Herald and the Llanelli Herald newspapers.


The Government has decided not to proceed with plans to abolish Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) from April 2019.

Class 2 NICs are currently paid at a rate of £2.95 per week by self-employed individuals with profits of £6,205 or more per year.

The Government had planned to scrap the Class 2 contribution and had been investigating ways in which self-employed individuals, with low profits, could maintain their State Pension entitlement if this inexpensive contribution had been abolished.

In a written statement to MPs, Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, stated that:

‘This change was originally intended to simplify the tax system for the self-employed.

‘We delayed the implementation of this policy in November to consider concerns relating to the impact on self-employed individuals with low profits.

‘We have since engaged with interested parties to explore the issue and further options for addressing any unintended consequences.

‘A significant number of self-employed individuals on the lowest profits would have seen the voluntary payment they make to maintain access to the State Pension rise substantially.

‘Having listened to those likely to be affected by this change we have concluded that it would not be right to proceed during this parliament, given the negative impacts it could have on some of the lowest earning in our society.

‘Furthermore, it has become clear that, to the extent that the Government could address these concerns, the options identified introduce greater complexity to the tax system, undermining the original objective of the policy.

‘The Government remains committed to simplifying the tax system for the self-employed and will keep this issue under review in the context of the wider tax system and the sustainability of the public finances.

‘The Government still intends to legislate for reforms to the NICs treatment of termination payments and income from sporting testimonials, which were set out in the draft NICs Bill published on 5 December 2016.

‘These are important changes to ensure the NICs treatment is consistent with the treatment of income tax in previous Finance Acts. We will set out further details in due course.’

Meanwhile, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced that the Budget will take place on Monday, October 29.

Breaking with the tradition of a Wednesday in November, perhaps in a bid to avoid the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the Government is expected to set out its plans ‘to build a stronger, more prosperous economy, building on the recent Spring Statement and last year’s Budget’.

The Government announcements are expected to include updates on draft legislation and consultations, and proposed tax rates and reliefs.

As always, the team at Clay Shaw Butler will keep you up-to-date with the Budget news when it happens.


You can find out more about money matters on the Clay Shaw Butler website (under our news for business section) – http://www.clayshawbutler.com/news/latest-news-for-business

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We stay ahead of the game by putting great store by continual professional development for our staff.

With Investors In People status at Clay Shaw Butler, we care passionately about making sure our staff have all the tools they need to serve you, our customers.

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The team at Clay Shaw Butler can be contacted on 01267 228500.

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Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel need your help

Posted By Robert Lloyd

People are being asked to identify the issues they would most like the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel to focus on over the coming year.

The Panel, made up of representatives from across Dyfed-Powys, aims to give local people a greater voice in how the police serve our communities.

Members support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, but also hold him to account.

Now, in preparing their schedule for 2019-20, they want people to have a say on the areas they should focus on.

A survey has been launched asking for people’s views. The brief online questionnaire also asks what people know about the panel and its work.

It can be undertaken online in just a few minutes.

Chair of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel, Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones, said: “We want greater public awareness of, and involvement in, the work of the Panel so that we are focusing our efforts on the issues that really matter. Please let us have your comments and suggestions.”

The survey can be found, along with the Panel’s 2018 Annual Report, at www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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Jenkins Bakery launch Halloween range of products

Posted By Robert Lloyd

The popular South Wales-based Jenkins Bakery has launched a special range of products to mark Halloween.

“We always like to do something special to mark different occasions throughout the year,” said Russell Jenkins, operations director at the Jenkins Bakery.

“Our customers have come to expect us to do something special and this year we have seven different products for people to enjoy as they party over Halloween.

“We hope our customers enjoy them.”

The products are –

Pumpkin Biscuits

Our top quality shortbread biscuit with a hand decorated pumpkin in sugar paste & chocolate.

Price: £1.00

Halloween Mallow Cones

Our popular marshmallow cones specially decorated with orange & black sprinkles for Halloween.

Price: £0.85

Frankenstein Biscuit

Our top quality shortbread biscuit covered with a sugar paste Frankenstein plaque.

Price: £0.85

Skeleton Biscuit

Our top quality shortbread biscuit covered with a sugar paste skeleton plaque. 

Price: £0.85

Halloween Krispies

Chocolate Krispie Cake decorated with an edible sugar figure.

Price: £1.20

Halloween Cup Cake

Our top quality blood-red velvet sponge, covered with white frosting, decorated with a Halloween sugar paste plaque and bat sprinkles.

Price: £1.10

Spooky Spider Cup Cake

Our hand decorated Spider Cupcake coated with orange fondant and chocolate sprinkles with a spooky spider made from chocolate mini-eggs

Price: £1.10

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First steps towards maternity project as work starts on site in Glangwili

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Work began last week on the £25.2 million obstetric and neonatal facilities project at Glangwili Hospital.

This second phase of redevelopment will increase the capacity of the facilities at the hospital. This will include high dependency cots, special care cots and parent overnight stay rooms, as well as increase the number of birthing rooms, operating theatres and resuscitation bays. Plans are also in place for an additional 45 car parking spaces.

The plans will provide a modern environment for the delivery of obstetric and neonatal services at Glangwili, and address the urgent areas of concern highlighted in the Royal Colleges’ report into the maternity, neonatal and paediatric services provided by the Health Board.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, announced the funding during a visit to Glangwili in April.
The development will significantly improve the patient experience and accommodation for families.

Health Board Chief Executive Steve Moore said: “We are delighted that work started on this project which will improve accommodation and facilities for women, babies and their families.

 “We hope this provides our population with confidence that we will now proceed with pace to make these improvements.”

The second phase redevelopments will include:

• Neonatal Unit – 4 high dependency cots plus 1 stabilisation cot, 2 single cot nursery spaces plus 1 isolation lobby, 8 special care cots and 2 double parent overnight stay rooms
• Labour Ward – 5 standard birthing rooms, 1 birthing room with a fixed pool, 1 birthing room equipped to deal with multiple or complex births, and 6 bedded higher dependency area
• A bereavement room
• Obstetric Theatres – 2 operating theatres
• Car Parking – additional 45 car parking spaces
• Training room facilities for multi-disciplinary team working which can also be used for parentcraft classes

Disruption for staff will be kept to a minimum, and services for patients and their families will remain unaffected during the building work.

The scheme is due to be completed by 2020 and updates will be communicated throughout the project.

For the latest news and updates from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk
Photo: Hywel Dda UHB Chief Executive Steve Moore (pictured right) with Justin Humphreys of Interserve, and members of the project and construction teams.
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