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Is Social Care here really at 'Tipping Point?'
There are calls for urgent action to avert a crisis before Christmas.
What we currently have a dysfunctional system, dysfunctional
is the word we would use. We need to ensure that the health and social
Also tonight, six months after the collapse of the Didcot
Power Station Christopher Huxtable from Swansea is still missing, his
I talked to him. It sounds stupid, doesn't it?
The Archbishop of Wales announces he's to retire in January.
Dr Barry Morgan is the longest serving Archbishop in the Anglican
As our Olympic medallist return home Rio prepares for the Paralympics,
but one former Gold medallist tells us budget cuts ahead
People who are cared for in their own houses
and residential homes are facing a "winter of discontent" if urgent
action isn't taken to ease funding and recruitment pressures,
that's according to the body which represents care-providers here.
Matthew Richards has been to meet Mario Kreft,
An art and craft session for residents of a nursing
Elderly and disabled people here are encouraged
to indulge their creative side as part of a wide programme
But a senior figure in the care industry says that creative thinking
is also urgently needed to stop a catastrophe in the sector this
You can only innovate if you're working with partners.
Currently, the relationship between the sector, generally
speaking, and has boards and local authorities is not where Richard B.
And local authorities is not where it should be.
We want to see those organisations and regulators
led by the Welsh government, trying to make some sense of this.
If we don't we going to have real winter of discontent.
Mario Kreft says a lack of investment combined with a major
increase in the number of over 85s in the next 20 years plus moves
to increase pay in line with the so-called living wage
is a triple whammy pushing services to a tipping point.
Staff at nursing homes like they say they have noticed growing pressures,
and they always make sure residents are the last people to suffer.
But they say that the current level of Carey is unsustainable
Tracy Cuthill runs a care home for people with physical disabilities.
She says the comparative underfunding of the social sector
compared with the NHS means staff are fighting
I had a gentleman in from a hospital two months ago came
Now, as far as they were concerned he was going to lie in bed
until such time we could get him a wheelchair.
Now, that's not our responsibility either, but then, you want
It's a basic human rights, but because of waiting lists,
You are almost pleading for basic human rights to get out of bed.
The Social Services minister wasn't available for interview
but the Welsh Government says the sector is neither
The majority of adult care homes raised no concerns in a recent
report and it says it's investing in both health and
But some experts say the system is in a fragile state.
The businesses are particularly financially fragile,
which means that residents in them are vulnerable
If they are slow one payments, the banking and lending institutions
could ask for a big financial payment, and they don't bother
to find out which business it is they are demanding those from.
In those instances older people become commodities in the business
model where the profit margins are locked at instead
The art class in Wrexham is drawing to a close.
It's part of the added value staff are trying to provide for some
of the most vulnerable people in society.
They warn it could be lost unless the picture improves.
I'm joined by Sarah Rochira, the Older People's Commissioner,
to pick up on some of the points raised in Matthew's report,
Sarah Rochira, some serious concerns raised about the fragility
of the care system in that report, should we be concerned
I don't think anybody has any doubt about the pressures facing the
social care system, financial pressures, recruitment pressures,
particularly in terms of nurses, but also care home managers.
In parts of Wales we don't have providers and others are struggling,
but can't get the support to improve.
It is a complex and long-standing issue.
Mario said they could be a crisis within the next few months, bet you
released a major report two years ago highlighting that standards were
slipping in homes, why hasn't the situation been turned around?
You are absolutely right. We looked at the quality of life of older
people but we talked about the systemic problems we have in Wales,
the things the system, the Welsh judgment, local authorities and
health will need to change. I understood they were difficult.
They've been building for a long time.
I sought from them and I pushed into assurances, I told them I knew it
would take some time, that I'm going to take a follow-up review in
November and I publish that next year.
I've been very clear, I know there is a huge amount of work going on in
Wales, I've seen that myself. There is a huge amount of action,
but ultimately we've got to address the systemic issues.
I think there is another issue that we're not talking about in Wales.
Action is important. The things that has boards do. But they will come a
point when we have to talk about that most Google topic, money.
People often say we don't have enough money.
The reality is that a price is always paid. The prices paid by Paul
care, and it is paid by individuals. The time has come when we had to
have a grown-up debate as a society, but a debate led by government about
what they are prepared to invest into social care.
That is important to the workforce. You talk about investment, it is a
complex situation, we heard in the report about staffing and
recruitment problems, low morale. Is throwing money going to help?
Well, I was very clear when I produced the review it's not all
about money. There is much we can do once already doing in Wales in best
care homes, that doesn't cost anything. One of the things I did
talk about, and focus on, was investment in the workforce.
Wherever you find great care, you find great people. We need to invest
in those people. We need to pay them are probably with their terms and
conditions, we provide opportunities for training and career advancement.
Those will come with a cost. I am clear that it is a price not just
worth paying, but a price we have to pay if people are not going to
suffer in Wales. It's six months since the collapse
of Didcot Power Station in Oxfordshire which trapped three
workers including Christopher His family have spoken today saying
they now need closure. Politicians representing
the families of the workers say they're "horrified" by how long it's
taking to recover their bodies. Returning to the site with a loved
one is still lying. Six months on the body of Christopher Huxtable
from Swansea has been trapped under the rubble since Didcot power
station collapsed in February. His sister and daughter save the last
few months have been torture. It's not nice to think he still out
there after six months. They should get him out.
I hope they get him out soon. I talked to him I do, through the
scrap. It sounds stupid, doesn't it. It's the only thing I can do. I just
think it needs to bring closure now. Destruction, devastation, this was
the scene at Didcot power station not long after part of the
decommission site collapsed in February. It killed for demolition
workers. Only one of the bodies has been recovered. Today the mail
Didcot says the family should now be allowed to mourn.
Six months is an acceptable. They should be allowed to move on. Into
mourn, and to... Closure is not the right word. But they should be able
to actually just step away from thinking about Didcot and focusing
on their own lives and families. Politicians representing the
families have also criticised the recovery effort. One Swansea MP told
me the time it has taken me shopping.
As a family representative I am horrified at how long it has taken.
It's just unfair, they have no closure. It's a tragedy. A dreadful
tragedy. When I think about Didcot I think about the man and the families
of the man left grieving without being able to have closure.
Last month the demolition of the remaining section was carried out
using explosives. The half demolished Sally was finally fully
levelled. The search for the men resumed. But around 20,000 tonnes of
material still needs to be sifted through. The company which owns the
site has defended the recovery operation, it says part of the
structure have proven challenging to remove, but they are working seven
days a week and their priority is recovering the man.
For the families of those whose body is still a end of the rubble the
A 23-year-old man has appeared in Cardiff Crown court accused
Police were called to a property in the Llandaff area
Jordan Matthews is accused of killing 24-year-old Xi-Xi Bi.
He's been remanded in custody until October.
The firm behind plans to build a ?120 million holiday village
on Anglesey has bought 600 acres of land for the development.
Land and Lakes has purchased the site at Holy Island,
where they plan to develop 800 lodges and cottages,
They also plan to restore buildings on the Penrhos estate.
The company claims the new resort will generate hundreds of jobs.
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, has announced he's
to retire next January, on his 70th birthday.
He's the longest serving archbishop in the Anglican communion,
and has been a strong voice in public and political
He supported more powers for the Assembly, but opposed
a change in the law around organ donation.
He's led the way on big occasions, here in Llandaff Cathedral two years
ago, at the Welsh national service marking 100 years since
But has been there too, for communities rocked by personal
tragedies as at Gleision, when four miners were killed in 2011.
Those within the church credit him with holding it together,
when topics like women bishops and same sex marriages,
But Archbishop Barry Morgan hasn't been afraid to speak out
What I'm not in favour of is this bill which presumes that
unless you have opted out then your organs can be used
What is it about a prosperous country where people have two depend
on food banks to get food, in order to feed their families.
There was something really wrong here.
I think it's been absolutely right for the Archbishop
to take a lead in politics, he will be there to
He, across the board has spoken for the vulnerable, particularly
That has been hugely appreciated by those of us who work
But I think it's appropriate for a bishop of a province
He will, of course, received rough treatment from some when he has
Dr Morgan stands down in January, when he turns 70.
Today he thanked those who have supported him over the years,
particularly since the death of his wife earlier this year,
a loss, he says, he found enormously hard to bear.
Still to come on tonight's programme.
It's a waterway with 200 years of history, much of the Swansea
Now the engineer who carried out the work has returned to help
28C, 82F, the highest temperature recorded in Wales so far this month.
Ukip hasn't been far from the headlines in recent weeks
partly because of the increasingly bitter battle between
Assembly Members Neil Hamilton and Nathan Gill.
But the party is also now electing a successor to leader Nigel Farage,
and it's a race between five relatively low profile candidates.
Our political reporter Paul Martin has been looking at what impact
Nigel Farage's departure may have on Ukip in Wales.
He's been the face of Ukip for the best part of a decade,
and become one of Britain's few celebrity politicians.
So this is a story about how everyone has behaved
I think that's right, Ian.
But no Nigel Farage is stepping down as Ukip leader,
and the candidates in the running to replace him are not
Even to Ukip supporters, let alone voters generally.
One of Nigel Farage's strengths was his ability to appeal to two
very different parts of the electorate.
On the one hand, voters into dishing only conservative areas,
And on the other, ex-Labour supporters in former
This constituency was one of Ukip's five second-place finishes
So will Nigel Farage standing down make Ukip voters hear less likely
I think party members would stand for the same things as he did.
He got us out of Europe, and I was so glad.
Mark Jones is a former Labour member from Merthyr who now
He is worried about the party's future once Nigel Farage
He was such a brilliant man to the party.
Like I said, when I was on holidays, and I found out he'd left I just
think that the party is going to go downhill.
Ukip's chairman in Wales is worried too.
Mainly about the impact of recent infighting.
But he thinks Nigel Farage's successor can unite ex-Labour
Some of the worries, you know, the working-class Labour
voters in Merthyr are no different from those
Particularly will as far as immigration is concerned.
Concern about taking jobs, British jobs going
So really, I can see how the two sides can come together.
Ukip as described Wales as a party stronghold after the election
It infighting within the party has followed.
The question now is whether Ukip can maintain its support in areas
Time for tonight's sport, here's Tomos.
Welsh members of Team GB touched down at Heathrow airport greeted
A record haul of ten medals was won by the Welsh athletes
Among the Gold medallists was sailor Hannah Mills, from Dinas Powys,
who won the 4-70 class with her partner Saskia Clarke.
The preparation and everything culminating in a two-week long
Yes, just mentally and physically exhausted and can't
I can't wait to go and watch, as a fan.
So that's it, is it?
Obviously I'm going to miss Saskia, that will factor in what I decide
to do but we'll see how the dust settles.
In just over a fortnight Rio will host the Paralympics
but the financial crisis affecting the games, is a real concern
to athletes here and may affect the image of the event.
That's the warning tonight from Disability Sport Wales.
Most of the 24 Welsh athletes competing for Paralympics GB
Organisers have been forced to announce major budget cuts.
They won 22 medals last time around in London. Today's Britain's cycling
team trained in Newport. At the weekend most will be flying to a
training camp in Brazil, heading to a games overshadowed by financial
troubles. It's concerning for the athletes and
for the image of the games. I know that the IPC are working with the
teams they aren't the Government of Brazil to make sure they put on a
good show for the athletes. I think the athletes will be fully supported
with no cutbacks, hopefully, on the field of play they wouldn't be any
issues. The Paralympics budget has been is tailed back. Cuts have been
announced including the closure of a park, the second-largest of the four
zones used in the Olympics the down workforce will also be downsized.
Issues such as repairs at the athletes village, extra security and
the treatment of the green water in the aquatic centre have meant that
Paralympics friends have been diverted. Sport Wales has set a
target of 20 to 30 medals for Welsh athletes over the next two
Paralympics. One of the medal hopes took to Twitter this week asking
whether these problems would have occurred had the Paralympics been
held before the Olympics. Another Paralympic champion from 2012 told
me it is disconcerting, but the cutback shouldn't affect the
athletes. It is shameful as far as I am concerned. As an ex-athlete I
feel that any athlete representing the country, Olympic or Paralympic
should be given the same opportunity. Real jinni real have
had enough time now to get it right. Organisers said they wanted to
welcome the world to the city, but just 12% of tickets have been sold
so far. The Beijing and London Paralympics generated huge interest
in disability sport and brought a shifting perceptions. The hope is
that that momentum will continue in Rio despite the problems
behind-the-scenes. Neil Taylor is expected to make his
first start of the new season as Swansea city begin their campaign
against League 1 side Peterborough tonight. Leo Britton and Kristoffer
Nordvelt who has just signed a new contract is also likely to start the
second round match. It is live on BBC radio Wales from 7pm.
Gareth Bale's agent has denied reports that the Wales international
has agreed a new five year contract to extend his stay with Real Madrid.
Media reports in Spain had suggested Bale, who scored twice
on the opening weekend of the La Liga season
He joined the European Champions for a thenWorld record
In rugby it has been confirmed that the Aviva Stadium in Dublin will
stage the pro 12 final next May. Volunteers are working to restore
parts of the historic Swansea Canal that were covered over and built on
more than four decades ago. The local canal society and the canal
and River trust in Wales are working to reopen stretches of the waterway
with the help of the engineer originally tasked with filling it
in. And covering 200 years of history.
It might not look like much now but beneath the surface is one of 36
blocks which forms the historic canal. In the 1970s this part was
covered over with concrete to make way for a council depot. The
engineer responsible for managing the work more than 40 years ago has
returned to find the lock has survived.
When we did it I always wondered if it was going to be dug up, but I
never thought that would happen. I'm so pleased to see the canal society
doing it. Hopefully, any few years' time it
will be back to its former glory? Absolutely.
It is going to take some time but having bought the land Swansea Canal
Society are working hard to bring Lock seven back to life.
When it was built in 1788 the canal was used to transport coal from the
upper Swansea Valley to the world-famous copper works on the
banks of the river Tawe. As the industry closed down much of the
canal was covered over. Part of it fell into disrepair. Over
the past 50 years much of this waterway has been filled in. Only
six out of 16 miles of it has been accessible, over the past three
years more than 25,000 hours have been clocked up by volunteers as
they try to restore it to its former glory.
Restoration work has ranged from clearing away the overgrown trees
and hedges to rebuilding the old canal walls.
They are using local stone. The locks we were gone we use the same
techniques that were used 200 years ago. We use a light mortar mix which
is more forgiving than cement which would crack. We don't want to damage
the old bridges and locks. It is absolutely fantastic that we still
use the same techniques from 200 years ago.
We work closely with a heritage advisor to ensure that all volunteer
works are adhered to. We have the waterway recovery group, that is
healthier for the last three years and we've had people from all over
the world come and join us working on the lock. We've had people from
Italy, America, and they are keen to learn about the area.
The tranquillity of life on the canal is a far cry from the
industrious rooted once was. With big plans to redevelop much of this
waterway in the future the Swansea Canal Society hopes it can write a
new chapter in its long and important history. Ben Price in
Swansea. Well it's been a beautifully sunny
day today, is the hot weather going to last,
Derek? Not all week. It is a short burst of
heat. It won't stay dry all week either. But today has felt like
summer again. A lovely day for working on the farm.
The sunshine hazy at times with wispy high level cirrus clouds.
Temperature wise, Cardiff soared to a humid 28C this afternoon.
The highest temperature recorded in Wales so far this month.
Parts of the coast cooler, 20C in Aberdaron.
So fine and warm for most of us this evening.
That cloud will spread across more of the country overnight.
A bit misty in places and a mild night.
There will be more cloud around but dry.
Bright in parts of the south and west with some sunshine.
So a mix of cloud and sunshine tomorrow.
Generally dry but the odd shower is possible in the afternoon.
Temperatures not as high as today but still on the warm side.
Fresher in the north and west especially on the coast.
Cloudier and not as warm as today but dry.
On the North Coast tomorrow dry with sunny spells .
Tomorrow evening there is a risk of some rain in the south east.
Elsewhere dry apart from the odd shower.
On Thursday greater risk of some rain and showers.
Heavy and thundery in places but some dry weather as well.
And in the west it should brighten-up during the afternoon.
Dry with a mix of cloud and sunny spells.
Feel pleasantly warm with a light to moderate breeze.
Will it stay dry over the bank holiday weekend?
High pressure will be in charge on Friday but a front will move
And then on Sunday it looks like low pressure will be over us.
That means some rain and heavy showers over
the weekend but some dry, brighter spells in the mix as well.
And a reminder of today's top stories.
Welsh athletes were among those who landed at Heathrow today
in a specially chartered plane from the Rio Olympics.
It's been a record breaking games, with ten medals for Welsh athletes,
There is a warning to make that older people in Wales could suffer
unless more money is invested in training care staff and making sure
they are well paid. Speaking on this programme the older people's
commissioner said there needs to be a change in the wake areas provided
for people in residential homes and in their own homes. Wherever you
find great here you find great people. We need to pay them
appropriately give them opportunities for training and
career advancement. Those will come with a cast. I'm clear that it is a
cost not only worth paying but we have to pay if people aren't going
have to pay if people aren't going to suffer in Wales.
And that's Wales Today, we'll be back with all the latest