First Minister Mark Drakeford defends handling of Rossett housing appeal

Image copyright Bellis Brothers Ltd Image caption Plans to build 132 new homes on agricultural land have sparked anger among villagers First Minister Mark Drakeford has defended his housing minister over her handling of a development near Wrexham. Campaigners said Julie James’ “bizarre” decision to approve 132 new homes in Rossett had breached the ministerial code. Rossett Focus Group (RFG)… Read more →

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Coronavirus: ‘Extend furlough scheme to save Welsh tourism companies’

Image copyright Bike Park Wales Image caption The pandemic has been catastrophic for Bike Park Wales, its director says The furlough scheme must be extended beyond October to stop adventure tourism businesses “disappearing off the map” in Wales, a Conservative MP has said. Former Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb called for the UK government to provide “extra support” for the sector.… Read more →

Coronavirus: Ban on landlords evicting renters extended

Image copyright Getty Images Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced a two-month extension to the government’s ban on evicting renters amid the Covid-19 pandemic. New evictions in England and Wales of tenants in both social and privately-rented accommodation will be suspended until 23 August. “No-one will be evicted from their home this summer due to coronavirus,” Mr Jenrick tweeted. But… Read more →

Coronavirus: Scottish economy ‘may not fully recover until 2023’

Image copyright PA Media Scotland’s economy may not return to pre-pandemic levels until the start of 2023, the government’s chief economist has warned. Official figures show that, in the first half of May, almost a fifth of businesses were temporarily closed. That contributed to more than 750,000 workers being furloughed “or unable to work as normal”. The monthly economic brief… Read more →

Elon Musk calls for ‘break up’ of Amazon

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are rivals in a race to make space travel more affordable Elon Musk has called for the “break up” of tech giant Amazon, following a dispute about a coronavirus e-book. The entrepreneur came to the defence of an author after Amazon’s Kindle publishing division rejected his book about the coronavirus… Read more →

US unemployment sees surprise improvement in May

Image copyright Getty Images The US labour market improved unexpectedly in May raising hopes that economic damage tied to the pandemic will be less harmful than feared. The unemployment rate fell to 13.3%, down from 14.7% in April, as businesses started hiring again. Firms in the food, construction and health care sectors took on staff. In total, employers added 2.5… Read more →

Coronavirus: Post-lockdown Cardiff city centre plans unveiled

Image copyright Cardiff council Image caption There will be a one-way pedestrian system, Cardiff councill says Plans have been unveiled to “reopen” Cardiff safely to the public when lockdown measures are lifted. They include a one-way pedestrian system, information points, designated queuing areas for shops and spill-out areas for bars and restaurants. Cardiff council said it had developed the plans… Read more →

Coronavirus: BA threatens legal action over quarantine plans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Airlines across the world grounded aircraft after passenger numbers collapsed British Airways owner IAG is considering mounting a legal challenge to quarantine rules which are due to come into effect on Monday. The dramatic move marks another sign of a breakdown in relations between the airline and the UK government. IAG boss Willie Walsh… Read more →