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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.

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published by the taxman at HMRC.

The new rates came into force on June 1.

The guidance states: ‘You can use the previous rates for up to one month from the date the new rates apply’.

The rates only apply to employees using a company car.

The advisory fuel rates for journeys undertaken on or after June 1 are:


Engine size

1400cc or less             11p

1401cc – 2000cc          14p

Over 2000cc                22p


Engine size

1400cc or less            7p

1401cc – 2000cc          9p

Over 2000cc                14p


Engine size

1600cc or less            10p

1601cc – 2000cc          11p

Over 2000cc                13p

The guidance states that the rates only apply when you either:

  • reimburse employees for business travel in their company cars
  • require employees to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel

You must not use these rates in any other circumstances.

If you would like to discuss your company car policy, then please contact the team at Clay Shaw Butler.

Internet link for more information on the Government website –


In other news, here at Clay Shaw Butler we appreciate that keeping up with tax deadlines can be hard work.

We have taken some of the pain out of the problem by working on a handy tax calendar.

Here are some up and coming tax dates for you to note . . .

July 2018

Thursday 5 – Deadline for reaching a PAYE Settlement Agreement for 2017/18.

Friday 6 – Deadline for forms P11D and P11D(b) for 2017/18 to be submitted to HMRC and copies to be issued to employees concerned.

Friday 6 – Deadline for employers to report share incentives for 2017/18.

Thursday 19 – Class 1A NIC due for 2017/18.

Thursday 19 – PAYE Student loan and CIS deductions due for the month to 5th July 2018.

Thursday 19 – PAYE quarterly payments are due for small employers for the pay periods 6th April 2018 to 5th July 2018.

Tuesday 31 – Second payment on account 2017/18 due.

August 2018

Thursday 2 – Deadline for submitting P46 (car) for employees whose car/fuel benefits changed during the quarter to 5th July 2018.

Sunday 19 – PAYE, Student loan and CIS deductions are due for the month to 5th August 2018.

September 2018

Saturday 1 – Advisory Fuel Rates.

Wednesday 19 – PAYE, Student loan and CIS deductions are due for month to 5th September 2018.

October 2018

Friday 5 – Deadline for notifying HMRC of new sources of taxable income or gains or liability to the High Income Child Benefit Charge for 2017/18 if no tax return has been issued.

Friday 19 – Tax and NI due under a 2017/18 PAYE Settlement Agreement.

Friday 19 – PAYE, Student loan and CIS deductions are due for the month to 5th October 2018.

Friday 19 – PAYE quarterly payments are due for small employers for the pay periods 6th July 2018 to 5th October 2018.

Wednesday 31 – Deadline for submitting ‘paper’ 2017/18 self assessment returns.

Wednesday 31 – Deadline for submission of 2017/18 self assessment returns if you require HMRC to compute your tax liability and/or if tax underpaid is to be collected by adjustment to your 2019/20 PAYE code.

November 2018

Friday 2 – Deadline for submitting P46(car) for employees whose car/fuel benefits changed during the quarter to 5th October 2018.

Monday 19 – PAYE, Student loan and CIS deductions are due for the month to 5th November 2018.

December 2018

Saturday 1 – Advisory Fuel Rates.

Wednesday 19 – PAYE, Student loan and CIS deductions are due for the month to 5th December 2018.

Sunday 30 – Online filing deadline for submitting 2017/18 self assessment return if you require HMRC to collect any underpaid tax by making an adjustment to your 2019/20 tax code.

You can access the Clay Shaw Butler calendar on our website at – https://www.clayshawbutler.com/resources/tax-calendar


You can find out more about money matters on the Clay Shaw Butler website (under our news for business section) –


We have a strong and experienced team with great local knowledge all geared-up to helping you get the very best from your finances – whether that is as an individual or as a business.

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.


Weblink – http://www.clayshawbutler.com

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

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Life size model of the ExoMars Rover to be unveiled at Aberystwyth Robotics Week

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Space scientists at Aberystwyth University working on the European Space Agency/Roscosmos ExoMars mission which is due to land on Mars in 2021 have built a full size replica of the rover.

The size of a small car, the Aberystwyth ExoMars Rover will be unveiled at the Old College on Friday 29 June as part of the University’s celebration of UK Robotics Week.

Built by Stephen Fearn and Dr Matt Gunn from the Department of Physics, the Aberystwyth replica is a full-scale interactive model of the ExoMars rover that will be tasked with finding signs of life on Mars.

Made mostly from plywood, metal and drainage pipes, the Aberystwyth ExoMars Rover will include interactive activities that explain how the actual rover will drive around and take scientific images and analyse rock samples.

The rover has been built with the support of the UK space Agency and the Institute of Maths, Physics and Computer Sciences as part of their work to promote the ESA/Roscosmos mission and to inspire a new generation of space scientists.

Dr Helen Miles from the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University has been instrumental in designing many of Aberystwyth’s ExoMars outreach activities.

Dr Miles has also created a virtual reality version of the ExoMars rover that is being used by scientists involved with building the mission’s actual rover.

Dr Miles said: “At Aberystwyth University, we have a passion for science and we love to talk about the exciting things we are involved with. It’s difficult to explain to people what the ExoMars rover will look like and how it will work, especially since there isn’t a complete version ready yet. To help us show everyone what we are part of, we have built a full-scale interactive model so that people will be able to learn about what the rover will see and do, and how it will explore Mars.”

The ExoMars work at Aberystwyth University is led by Dr Matt Gunn from the Department of Physics.

Dr Gunn is a member of three international instrument teams on the ExoMars mission; PanCam, a system of three scientific cameras for digital terrain mapping and is led by the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at University College London; ISEM, the mission’s infrared spectrometer that will assess mineralogy of targets and is led byRussian Academy of Science Space Research Institute; and CLUPI, a high-resolution camera designed for close-up images which is led by the Swiss based Space Exploration Institute.

The team at Aberystwyth University have built hardware for the ExoMars Rover, including a colour swatch inspired by medieval stained glass.

Designed to withstand the very high levels of ultraviolet light on Mars which causes colours to fade quickly, the swatch will be used to calibrate the mission’s camera and spectrometer systems to ensure colours are recorded accurately.

The Aberystwyth team have also been involved with field testing of prototype instruments and developing the pipeline for processing images sent back to Earth from Mars.

Dr Gunn and colleagues have been testing the mission’s camera system, PanCam, in remote desert like locations around the world, including Iceland, Utah in the USA and the Atacama Desert in South America.

Dr Gunn said: “The camera systems on this mission are highly sensitive as the scientists who work with these images will be looking for very subtle changes in colour. These images are not ordinary colour photographs; they will be used to work out the different types of rocks on Mars. It is known that some rocks form in wet environments, so accurately interpreting the images may help mission scientists to pinpoint where to look for possible signs of life.”

The Aberystwyth ExoMars model will be on view for the first time at An Evening of Space Robotics,an event to celebrate Aberystwyth University’s pioneering work in solar system physics and space robotics on Friday 29 June from 4pm until 9pm.

Featuring a presentation by Sue Horne MBE, UKSA Head of Space Exploration, tickets for the event are free and can be booked online here.

Aberystwyth Robotics Week

Hosted by the departments of Physics and Computer Science at Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth Robotics Week (25-30 June 2018)offers a host of events for budding robot engineers and space scientists of all ages and forms part of UK Robotics Week. The programme is also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Aberystwyth Robotics Week 2018 Programme:

  • Monday 25 until Friday 29 June, 10:00am–4:00pm, Old College
    Robotics Exhibition
    There will be a growing exhibition featuring the robotics and space science research, robot crafts and a selection of the competition entries.
  • Monday 25 June, 1:00-3:00pm, Old College
    The Robot Olympics
    A competition for teams from local primary schools to engineer a robot to take part in a series of robotics challenges.
  • Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 June, 4:00-6:00pm, Old College
    Robot Craft
    An opportunity to craft your own robot from whatever parts you can find in our scrapheap of paper, pens, and craft supplies. Robots can be displayed as part of the exhibition. Price: £1 per robot.
  • Wednesday 27 June, 4:00-9:00pm, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
    From Fiction to Reality: a special screening of sci-fi feature film Ex_Machinafollowed by a round table discussion about the latest developments in artificial intelligence and robotics. An exhibition and free pizza will be provided. Tickets available from Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
  • Friday 29 June, 4:00-9:00pm, Old College
    An Evening of Space Robotics
    Researchers at Aberystwyth University have a long and distinguished involvement with space exploration. Aberystwyth scientists played a leading role in Beagle2 and feature prominently in the development of the ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars Rovermission which is due to launch in 2020. The evening will feature a presentation by Sue Horne MBE, UKSA Head of Space Exploration and the unveiling of a life size model of the ExoMars Rover for outreach. Tickets are free and can be booked online here.
  • Saturday 30 June, 10:00am-4:00pm, Aberystwyth Bandstand
    Beach Lab
    The highly popular Beach Lab returns offering a day at the beach with robots and humans from the Aberystwyth Robotics Club.

Photo: Wheels of steel: Dr Helen Miles and Stephen Fearn holding the wheels of the ExoMars Rover model and Dr Matt Gunn showing the mission’s colour swatch that has been inspired by medieval stained glass.

ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars

Aberystwyth Robotics Week 2018

Department of Computer Science

Department of Physics


Intelligent Robotics at Aberystwyth University

Study Solar System Physics at Aberystwyth University

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Aberystwyth University celebrates UK Robotics Week


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Lampeter residents invited to drop-in event to discuss planned health changes

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Calling all Lampeter residents – your NHS services need to change and now is the time to make your voices heard

Press release from the Hywel Dda University Health Board

Residents in Lampeter and the surrounding area are being invited to a public drop-in event to discuss our proposals to fundamentally change the way we provide healthcare services for current and future generations.

 The event will be held between 2pm-7pm at Victoria Hall, Lampeter SA48 7EE on Monday 2 July 2018.  This is your opportunity to tell us what you think about our proposals or to give us new ideas.

 Hywel Dda University Health Board has formally launched its “Big NHS Change,” a 12-week consultation aimed at making provision of local health and care better for our communities.

 We’re asking residents across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, as well as the wider cross-border regions, to get involved and have your say on three proposals to improve the way we provide care for our population. Each proposal has been designed and tested by our clinicians to ensure that our services are safe, sustainable, accessible and kind for our generation and those to come.

The health board particularly wants to reach out to people who may not usually take part in or may be traditionally under-represented in similar consultation feedback, including among others, disabled people, LGBTQ+, black and minority ethnic groups, different age groups, people of varying faiths or none, men and people of working age.  We are also keen to hear from any voluntary agencies or third sector agencies supporting protected groups.

Hywel Dda Chief Executive Steve Moore said: “Our proposals for change could affect everyone in our area, from bumps and babies to older people and everyone in between, so we are asking you all to tell us what you think. Whether you are a patient, a carer, a family member, or one of the thousands of people who work for the Health Board – we want to hear from you.

“Last year we started a conversation with our population, our staff and with people we work with to provide care to explore what is important to us and to jointly think about how to best run services. We did this because we think it is the right thing to do to design our services together. We explored the opportunities we think are offered to us through modern medicine and advancements in technology and the expectations you have for us to improve.

“We also set out the significant challenges faced by the NHS which we must deal with to ensure it thrives and delivers for you and your family now and in the future. This means that we will have to make decisions about where we can provide services and know that there are going to be compromises to make, so that we make best use of our resources.”

Among the biggest challenges the health board currently faces are an ageing population, difficulty for many people in accessing services close to home, significant recruitment challenges – particularly specialist medical staff – and ageing hospital buildings which require a lot of maintenance to keep running.

To overcome these we want to radically change the way we provide local health care services so that people are accessing most of the care and treatment they need in their local community, and are able to stay at home while they are getting treatment rather than having to go into hospital.

Reducing the number of main hospitals will mean having fewer medical rotas to fill, making it easier to attract clinicians to come and work for us; it will also mean shorter waiting times and fewer cancellations, and more money for local and community health services.

In all three of the proposals, Bronglais District General Hospital will continue to provide services for mid Wales; a new major hospital will be built somewhere between Narberth and St Clears, and there will be 10 community hubs across the Health Board area.

The proposals are:

Proposal A

  • A new urgent care and planned care hospital between Narberth and St Clears
  • Community hospitals in Glangwili, Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli and Withybush
  • A general hospital in Aberystwyth on the Bronglais Hospital siteProposal B
  • A new urgent care and planned care hospital between Narberth and St Clears
  • Community hospitals in Glangwili and Withybush
  • General hospitals at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli and Aberystwyth on the Bronglais Hospital siteProposal C
  • A new urgent care hospital between Narberth and St Clears
  • A planned care hospital on Glangwili site
  • A community hospital in Withybush
  • General hospitals at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli and Aberystwyth on the Bronglais Hospital site Hywel Dda’s Executive Medical Director & Director of Clinical Strategy, Dr Phil Kloer, added: “The challenges we face are really significant.  People are living longer, some with long lasting health conditions, and we expect there to be many more older people who will need regular health care and social care.

    “In our area some people live in towns and some in country areas, making it difficult for us to ensure that services are in the right place for people to access.  Many people live a long way from services, so helping people to live at home while they have treatment can involve a lot of travel for health workers.

    “We know that people want to be supported to manage their health in their own homes – about 4 out of every 10 hospital beds are filled by people who could be treated at home. Added to this is the fact that we’re finding it hard to get enough permanent staff, especially specialist medical staff, to come and work for us, and we also need to make fuller use of new technology such as computers, phones, telehealth and telecare.

    “This is why we have come up with three proposals that we think are safe, viable and offer an improvement on what we currently have, and have launched a formal 12-week consultation to present these to you, to listen and talk to you further and take on board your views and ideas.

    “We all have a shared passion for the NHS, our services, our history and our staff and we want to harness this to design, together with you, the best health service for our population. We are so grateful to those of you who have already been involved in this as patients, staff and members of our communities.”

    Your feedback will be independently analysed and considered before any formal proposal is put before our Health Board for decision on how to proceed later in 2018 and we will continue to keep you updated on how we have used your feedback.

    Please tell us your views by:

  • Completing the online questionnaire at: www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/hddchange
  • Emailing us at: hyweldda.engagement@wales.nhs.uk
  • Telephone: 01554 899 056
  • Coming to one of our drop-in events:

    Monday 2nd July 2pm-7pm / Victoria Hall, Lampeter SA48 7EE

    Thursday 5th July 2pm-7pm / Pill Social Centre, Milford Haven SA73 2QT

    Monday 9th July 2pm-7pm / Tumble Hall, Tumble SA14 6HR

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Carmarthenshire conservation project wins national award for planning excellence

Posted By Robert Lloyd

A Carmarthenshire conservation project has won a national award for planning excellence at an awards ceremony in London.

The Caeau Mynydd Mawr Special Area of Conservation-Supplementary Planning Guidance and Marsh Fritillary Project won in its category for ‘Excellence in planning for the Natural Environment’ at this year’s National Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards.

The project based in the Cross Hands Economic Growth Area, was submitted by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Planning Services, Rural Conservation Section.

Since it began in 2013 the project has been successful in mitigating the impacts of development in the Cross Hands area on the protected Marsh Fritillary butterfly and the habitat which supports it.

Funded exclusively by contributions from developers, the project is essential to the delivery of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Local Development Plan, securing sufficient habitat to support the butterfly in the area.

There are currently 24 sites in management, a total area of over 125 hectares, of which 42ha is owned by the project. The remaining area is in management agreements with other organisations and private landowners.

The project provides funding for work which improves the habitat for the butterfly such as mowing rank areas of grassland and reduction of scrub encroachment, as well as fencing and provision of water when reintroducing grazing to neglected sites. Devil’s bit scabious (the only larval food plant of the Marsh fritillary) has also been planted in several sites.

Although the focus is on improving habitat for the Marsh Fritillary butterfly, the project has much wider benefits, supporting a range of other species and providing a network of natural spaces amongst areas of development.

Speaking about the project, the judges’ said: “This is a down to earth, practical project that had substantial planning input and used innovative tools to deliver positive outcomes. Not only does it manage and create areas of suitable habitat for the protected marsh fritillary butterfly, but also enables economic development to a flourishing strategic economic growth area, providing opportunities for the wider community.”

Carmarthenshire County Council executive board member for strategic planning Cllr Mair Stephens, said: “Congratulations to the team behind the Caeau Mynydd Mawr Project for winning this national award, it’s another great achievement for the project which was also highly commended in the Wales Planning Award 2017.”

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Shortage of GPs to cover the Out of Hours service in Carmarthenshire overnight

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Update on Out of Hours Service in Carmarthenshire – Thursday 21 June 2018

Press release from Hywel Dda University Health Board:

We are currently experiencing a shortage of GPs to cover the Out of Hours service in Carmarthenshire overnight tonight.

Efforts are continuing until the last possible moment to fill the shifts affected.

Clinical staff will be available to make an assessment of your condition and refer you to an appropriate destination should an urgent face-to-face review be required. In the meantime, there are other services that can help you if you are unwell:

  • for health information and advice, including online symptom checkers, please visit NHS Direct Wales: www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk
  • call 111 – they can help to signpost you to the right service, for example a GP, nurse, pharmacist or Minor Injury Unit, they also provide health information on a wide range of conditions for self care if appropriate
  • attend a minor injury unit, available at Glangwili Hospital and Prince Philip Hospital
  • ONLY in an emergency for serious or life-threatening conditions should you dial 999

Joe Teape, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “I apologise for any concern or inconvenience caused to Carmarthenshire residents. Unfortunately we continue to experience GP shortages at this time and we appreciate the efforts our staff, GPs and partners from across the Hywel Dda area are making to ensure we can provide safe services for our patients.”

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Latest news from Brecon Jazz Club

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Latest news from the team at Brecon Jazz Club –

BRECON JAZZ CLUB on TUES 10 JULY starts at 7.15pm is a SHOWCASE event, presenting rising stars from this year’s graduates of the ‘Jazz Performances’ course of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

These are some very outstanding jazz musicians indeed and we are presenting three line-ups, consisting of two quintets and one quartet:

Josh Heaton’s ‘Mouth of Words’ Quintet
Rachel Head alto sax
Kumar Chopra guitar
Josh Heaton tenor sax
Mateus Prado double & electric bass
Zach Breskal drums

Skeleton Leaf
A quartet led by Eddie Jones West
featuring Dave Bush (tenor sax)
Ben Manning (double bass)
Frazer McIntosh (keys)
Eddie Jones West (drums)

Norman Willmore Quintet
Norman Willmore (alto sax)
Tom Newitt (tenor sax)
Frazer McIntosh (keys)
Ben Manning (double bass)
Zach Breskal (drums)

NB: pre jazz supper at the Gurkha Corner from 5.30pm on – please book your place and state chicken, lamb or vege curry (£10 per person) to:  info@breconjazzclub.org

Many of you will recall the outstanding performances (reviewed favourably by Ian Mann in www.thejazzmann.com) of young tenor sax player Tom Newitt (see band 3 above) and drummer Zach Breskal, at Brecon Jazz in the Muse last year. Mateus Prado (band 1 above) has also performed at both the Jazz Club and our Festival (bassist for Atsuko Shimada) – so we hope you will all turn out to support these young rising stars. They are really looking forward to coming along to perform for us.

We’ve created a special early start of 7.15pm to encompass three performance sets and two breaks (still time for drinks and crisps!) and a special entry price of £8 for members and £10 for visitors and non-members!

We are very grateful indeed for the support of the ACW NIGHT OUT / NOSON ALLAN team who are providing financial support to be able to pay three bands for the July Brecon Jazz Club.

And a big thank you to musician Tom Newitt who has worked with us to bring it all together.  We’ll see you then.

Watch out for our next email with news of the Festival full concerts lineup, prices and deals. See website now (click on the box BJF2018 Programme)  www.breconjazz.org

Until then, mark the date – Tues 10 July – a special to welcome a ‘new generation’ of solid jazz talent, made in Wales.

Best wishes to all
Lynne, Roger and BJC team

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