The City Deal is a Treasury driven stimulus for empowering local areas to drive growth by putting greater resources and financial freedoms into the hands of local leaders and it is gaining much attention in Wales. It has the potential to deliver an extra investment of circa £1billion and if used wisely might have a significant and long-term impact on the economy of a region.
But could it also have an impact on Wales? After all, we are a small country in terms of population and could, with a bit of effort and innovative thinking, develop a plan that might transform the country rather than just a single city-region. My belief is that if can but to do so we will need to think and operate differently to the way things are currently aligned. Continue reading
I went to Penarth yesterday, hadn’t been there for some time, but I remembered it as a smart little town but I was shocked when I saw how the centre of the town has changed.
Standing in the middle of the shopping area I could count 3 supermarkets, 4 coffee shops and 5 charity shops.
When I walked less than 100 yards “just round the corner” I found another 4 charity shops.
What has happened to what was once such a nice little place to turn it into the Charity Shop capital of south Wales?
Clearing out a few cupboards this weekend uncovered this old photo of the London County Council run “Welsh Class” in HungerfordRoad School, probably around 1963. I wonder where they all are now.
You probably couldn’t call it the Welsh Class now, would infringe some law or other I’m sure.
Ed Miliband MP speaking at the Labour Party conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, Ed Miliband wants to raise the minimum wage over the course of the next Parliament from £6.50 which is due to take effect in October to £8 an hour.
This is a remarkably easy vote winning strategy for a Labour leader to throw out there, but he needs to understand the reality of what he’s doing because somebody has to pay.
Let me take an example of somebody I know who runs a takeaway and fast food restaurant, he employs around 40 staff, working seasonal and shift patterns to deal with demand. Most are young people, working in their first jobs, in an area where work is quite hard to come by. Continue reading