Helen Mary Jones MS calls for Welsh Government support over potential Peacocks job losses

FASHION shops Peacocks and Jaeger have gone into administration, threatening the future of up to 4,700 jobs and almost 500 shops. The owner of the retailers Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group failed to find a buyer for both businesses. Helen Mary Jones MS, Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for the Economy and Continue Reading

Aim for 30% of the Welsh workforce to work remotely

THE Welsh Government has stated its long-term ambition to see around 30% of Welsh workers working from home or near from home, including after the threat of Covid-19 lessens. This would be achieved by driving changes to Wales’ working culture that would give more people the choice to work in Continue Reading

Latest employment figures for Wales “don’t tell the whole story” says Ken Skates MS

COMMENTING on the latest employment statistics for Wales Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales said: “We recognise these figures don’t tell the whole story of how coronavirus is impacting our economy and that the full picture will become clearer over the coming months and as UK Government Continue Reading

Neil Hamilton MS welcomes new funding for employment and training

NEIL Hamilton, MS for Mid & West Wales, and Leader of UKIP Wales has welcomed news of funding to support employment and training in Wales. Mr Hamilton, a member of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs committee, was commenting after the Welsh Government launched a £40m skills and jobs Continue Reading

£40m to support employment and training in Wales

THE Welsh Government today pledged to support everyone to find work, education or training or help to start their own business as it launched a £40m skills and jobs fund. The ambitious fund is part of a longer-term plan to help Wales recover from coronavirus; to build back better and Continue Reading

“Once in a generation opportunity to reset the clock” in post COVID world

RETAINING the positive changes driven by the coronavirus pandemic is central to the Welsh Government’s new planning policy, published today (July 17). Boosting digital services in areas where current provision is poor to ensure everybody in Wales can stay connected; and making sure well-designed communities can reap the benefits of Continue Reading

Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund protects 75,000 jobs

ECONOMY Minister Ken Skates has revealed that the Welsh Government’s unique Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) has already supported more than 9,000 businesses in Wales, helping them to protect around 75,000 jobs. The fund has seen £150 million worth of crucial grants provided to businesses to help them deal with the Continue Reading

Welsh Government provides over £3.5m additional support to Celsa

ECONOMY Minister Ken Skates has announced Welsh Government financial support for Celsa, a major employer in Cardiff, to supplement the £30m bailout loan from the UK government, enabling the company to continue trading. The UK government’s emergency loan is the first taxpayer-funded bailout under it’s ‘Project Birch’ scheme for firms Continue Reading

Furlough wage support schemes may hide true economic picture in Wales

The unemployment headline figures in Wales and the UK are only a small part of what is going on in the economy this summer. The data in relation to the number out of work benefit claimants, economic activity, the numbers on the UK payroll and the total number of hours Continue Reading

Low paid workers affected most by Covid-19

A Resolution Foundation survey of 6,000 workers reveals that thirty per cent of those in the lowest income bracket had been affected by the damage done to the employment market by the coronavirus pandemic, compared with only ten per cent of those in the top fifth of earners. Almost a Continue Reading

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