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Good evening.

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Councils are calling for more investment in social care

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here after extra money was announced for England in the

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Chancellor's budget.

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Social care funding in Wales has been protected

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in the past few years.

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Labour Assembly Member Eluned Morgan told BBC Wales' Sunday Politics

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programme more money isn't enough, and a new strategy is needed

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to deal with the demands of an ageing population.

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Bethan Lewis reports.

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You work out in the garden?

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Yeah.

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Jonathan Parker and his family are amongst the thousands that

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depend on social care.

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Support workers provide 17 hours a week of care

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and support for Jonathan.

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I go swimming.

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I go for walks.

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I go for walks and I go, I go bowling.

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The council pays an organisation to provide support for Jonathan

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so he can live at home and be independent.

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In the budget, the Chancellor announced an extra ?2 billion

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for adult social care in England, as a result of that another

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spending announcements, the UK Government says over four

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years still be around ?50 million a year for the Welsh government.

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It's not clear yet how much of that, if any, will go to social care,

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but Welsh councils say there is an urgent need

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for a substantial injection of cash.

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We've got a ?90 million pressure on an annual basis

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on Welsh social care, so, you know, even if the whole

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50 million goes in from the Welsh government, it still doesn't mean

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the entirety of that pressure.

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I think there is potential for us to marry here economic development

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with the care service, in the sense that we could be

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starting to build homes, for example, that are adequate

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for a longer term future for housing older people.

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That is something where we could build an economic

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I think that we can start to look creatively at.

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Providing care at home is the main theme of a plan

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published this week by a new organisation.

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Social Care in Wales launches officially next month and takes over

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from the care Council but with beefed up responsibilities.

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These are not simple issues.

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These are very complex issues and a growing situation.

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But I'm confident that we have here in Wales the tools to get

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to grips with the challenges that we have got.

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The Welsh government will have to balance competing demands

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on the extra cash from the budget, but whatever the decision,

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it's certain more money will provide all the answers.

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A new operator will run flights between Cardiff and Anglesey

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from tomorrow morning.

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Eastern Airways has been appointed to run the service

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after the previous operator City Wing went into liquidation.

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The Welsh government pays an annual subsidy

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of ?1.2 million to run the route.

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All pre-booked tickets will be valid on the new planes.

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A 22-year-old man was treated in hospital after an incident

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in Swansea City Centre in the early hours of this morning.

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Police went to the Kingsway at around half past 3

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following a report of an assault.

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Another man was arrested and remains in custody.

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Nearby roads were closed for a short time to allow forensic

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examinations to take place but have since reopened.

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Speaking up for voters who oppose Brexit will help

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the Welsh Liberal Democrats in May's local elections.

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That's according to their President Roger Williams

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who was speaking at the party's conference in Swansea.

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Delegates there voted to call on the UK government to allow

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a referendum on the terms of leaving the EU.

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More from our political reporter, Cemlyn Davies.

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Outside the conference venue today, clear signs that spring has sprung,

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and after a long, bleak time in the electrical cold,

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the Liberal Democrats feel they are finally

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sprouting green shoots, too.

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The party believes it can use it is clear united opposition

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to Brexit to woo voters who wanted Britain to stay in the EU.

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I didn't want the result but I accepted the result.

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And the Liberal Democrats have accepted the result.

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It's the will of the people but we also were very conscious that

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15 million people voted to stay within the European Union as well.

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And they have, they have...

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We have to take into account everyone,

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We have to take into account their view,

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because they have a role to play in this process as well.

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Ahead of the council elections, the Welsh Liberal Democrats

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are clearly targeting those who voted remain last June.

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But of course Wales as a whole, like the UK, voted to leave the EU.

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And so with another electoral test fast approaching,

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the party is well aware that it still has plenty of work to do

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to ensure its recent progress isn't nipped in the bud in May.

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A quick look at the weather and tonight will be dry with clear

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spells for most places.

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It will turn rather chilly compared to recent nights, with patchy frost

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in some rural spots.

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Some thicker cloud possibly arriving in the north-west later.

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Temperatures down to 3 Celsius in places.

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Monday will be mainly fine and dry, with bright or sunny spells.

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Although, it'll be cloudier for a time in the west with some

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rain over the hills.

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Feeling mild again - with highs of 15 Celsius.

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That's it from the BBC Wales today newsteam for now.

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Join us for the latest at 10.20pm.

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Enjoy the rest of your evening.

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Goodbye.

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Hello,

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