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Welcome to Wales Today - our top stories: Intended


to help our poorest families - Communities First,


the Welsh Government's flagship policy, is set to be closed down


of public money - our poorest communities


Sgt Louise Lucas "did not turn and look at what was coming"


before being hit by a bus on Swansea's Kingsway,


The EU needs to learn to communicate with the people receiving EU money -


Two brothers shot a drug-dealing taxman


in Rhondda Cynon Taff, a court has heard.


He sowed the seeds of Mrs Thatcher's downfall.


The story of the Welshman caught between two strong women.


It funds hundreds of projects in the most deprived areas of Wales


- from parent-and-baby groups to credit unions -


but tonight, the Welsh Government says it's scrapping


It's spent ?300 million on the flagship anti-poverty policy


There's been a mixed response,


with some saying it'll be a big loss,


while others claim it's failed to deliver.


Here's our political editor Nick Servini.


Across the generations across communities in Wales, economic


deprivation has blighted many. Communities First was one of the


first high profile attempts by the Welsh Government to deal with that


since the start of devolution, with more than ?300 million spent on a


range of community schemes over the past 15 years. It now looks set to


have run its course. There won't be any direct replacement. Instead the


Welsh Government thinks a range of policies like more free childcare


for working parents and more apprentices, no matter how old you


are, we'll do a better job.


The communities in children secretary, Carl Sargeant, told


members change won't be easy. A lot of this stuff is generational. We're


probably not seen the effects of our early intervention is growing for


ten years or so but we must start now and make that change and be


brave now because we don't then it is about a short-term political when


caught changing our communities for the better, for the future, and that


is what this new programme, I believe, will do.


I agree with the plans personally. I know a lot of good people that work


for Communities First but it is so much money and it is changing to be


so target orientated and the things it is targeted towards is a waste of


money and something council services can provide better.


Opposition parties have been critical of Communities First over


the years and today was no exception. The Conservatives said it


wasn't fit for purpose and Plaid Cymru said there should be renewed


purpose. Over a 100 million has been spent


since the 2011 audit office report said it wasn't working and wasn't


effective at tackling the main aim, which was economic deprivation in


those areas. That is borne out by the fact that communities are still


the most deprived that were previously identified as such.


It would appear that this is the first casualty of cuts.


Let's talk to our economics correspondent Sarah Dickins.


This policy was designed to eradicate poverty


when it was established fifteen years ago -


?300 million gone on since 1989 and we still have the same level of


poverty we had then. Broadly, one in four households are in poverty. For


communities that have had money from Communities First to build things


like hubs or toddlers groups, they have felt that money coming in, but


looking across Wales it has not had the game changing effect that they


hoped it would have. What next? What about those people


who were being served by this scheme?


You can imagine a lot of work has been done all this time. Figures are


showing every year what we're trying to do about poverty and many people


working in the area say it is not realistic to look at 50 geographical


areas. Communities First was based on literally areas on a map and what


many people who really have long experience working in the field,


people like Oxfam and other groups, they say that poverty does not work


like that. There are deprived communities with people who aren't


deprived and there are people really struggling alongside people who are


struggling less. They would say or bespoke approach looking at


individual needs is what makes a difference. I think it is


interesting that Carl Sargeant is saying that what he is going to do


now is put extra money into early years, trying to give children who


perhaps their parents don't spend as much time talking to them and


reading to them, trying to get them more money for apprenticeships and


developing schools. What he is seen is the worth poverty is not things


like a skatepark but making sure people can get jobs and as good jobs


as possible. A collision between a bus


and a 41-year-old woman on Swansea's Kingsway -


was unavoidable - Sergeant Louise Lucas died


after stepping into the path of a bus which


hit her from behind Since her death, Swansea Council has


taken steps to change the layout Sgt Louise Lucas's family left today


having heard evidence from a number of key witnesses, including the bus


driver involved in the collision. Sgt Louise Lucas was taken to


hospital, fatally injured, having lost a lot of blood. Today they


heard that she had sided to go shopping in the city centre. Get


parked at this car park and made their way on food to the shops.


Having crossed the furthest carriageway were both lanes travel


in the same direction, Sgt Louise Lucas and her friend were walking to


the next designated crossing point. Then Qwest was shown CCTV footage of


Sgt Louise Lucas stepping into the first line of the metro line which


at the time travelled in the opposite direction to the first


carriageway. Seconds later she was hit from behind by a bus. The


inquest was told Louise did not turn round to look at what was coming


towards her. They were told it happened very quickly. In the


moments leading up to the incident, the inquest was told by the driver


that the blonde female stepped out into the road and she did not look


back. He said how he braked and swerve to avoid her but was also


aware of a bus travelling towards him in the opposite lane. He


described the layout at the time as awkward. I knew when we system has


been introduced since the death. Christopher Street said that given


Mrs Lucas stepped out without looking then this accident was


unavoidable. The inquest is expected to last another three days.


The rape trial of the former Wales footballer Ched Evans


has been told that his alleged victim had no memory


of going home with another man on a different occasion.


Mr Evans is accused of raping the woman at a Denbighshire hotel


while she was too drunk to consent to sex.


The striker denies raping the 19-year-old.


A Welsh government-owned investment company has defended a decision


to compete for business as part of England's Northern powerhouse.


FW Capital, a subsidiary of Finance Wales, wants to manage


part of a 400 million pounds fund for firms


Plaid Cymru said it could boost Welsh companies' rivals.


But FW Capital said any profit it makes in England


would help cover Finance Wales's overheads back home.


Plans to develop a new facility in Cardiff to turn business


and industrial waste into energy have been announced.


Global engineering firm Lockheed Martin and UK-based energy


company CoGen Limited say they will join forces


The intention, they say, is to convert waste into up to 15MW


of energy, enough to power approximately 15000


After Brexit the EU must learn the lessons on how it tells people


about money being spent to help poorer areas like West Wales


and the Valleys - that's according to the EU


Corina Cretu been speaking to our business correspondent


The message very clear from her. She regrets but accepts the decision as


being made by the people of Wales. The whole issue of is in the news in


a daily basis in the UK but it is not being talked about in Brussels


quite so much. For them, they see Brexit as a distraction from other


issues. It is business as usual in Brussels.


This meeting brings people from across the region to look at how


cities can work together to become more prosperous. She says she


regrets that the majority of voters in Wales wanted to leave.


Many new activities have been opened but this speaks also about our


weaknesses for communicating what we are doing with the money. How the


European money is spent. ?4 billion has come from the


European Union to Wales and structural funds in the last 15


years. Three quarters of that went to the region known as West Wales


and the ballets, which recently qualified again for further funding


is one of the poorest parts of the EU. It is a must to grow the economy


and create jobs but critics say it was ineffective and used recycled UK


money. There is concern it may not be replaced after Brexit. Just as


the EU is moving on so will the UK. The Prime Minister will start formal


exit negotiations by March. They are keen to know which direction it will


be moving in. This company is expanding and moving to a new


facility. It was banking on exporting to the EU which is


currently 50% of its sales. Ideally we would like to maintain as


free trade as possible, so the status quo with Europe, if you like.


I realise that is going to be tricky to achieve but that is what we need


to maintain a competitive position. Here at this brewery in Montgomery


they also want to sell more abroad. The boss wanted to leave and says he


has already received orders from Europe due to the drop in the Valley


of the pound after the referendum. I want to trade with Europe. It is


relatively easy to do at the moment but you have the other side of


things with migration and what have you. I can understand why it is


taking time for the government to make these decisions because they


have got a fine balance. Businesses hate uncertainty but they


will be watching closely to see if either side gives away. The European


government says it will curb immigration and give UK businesses


maximum freedom to trade with the single market. But the EU insists


that European citizens can't move freely over borders then neither can


goods and services. The comments from the commission


have drawn a fairly angry response from one of the leading Brexit ears


in Wales -- one of the leading advocates of Brexit. He says the


problem is not about PR or communication but about the fact


that the EU and its involvement failed to show any leadership in its


investment. Much more to come before seven


o'clock: How should the most Visiting teachers from Denmark have


been asking our schools. And caught between two strong women


- the story of Mrs Thatcher's downfall and the part Geoffrey Howe


and his wife played in her demise. Two brothers have gone on trial


for shooting a Valleys drug dealer - at point blank range -


as he sat in his car. The prosecution says


Mark Jones, from Mountain Ash, was killed by another drug


dealer who owed him money. Edward and Stephen Bennett


both deny murder. From Cardiff Crown


Court, Nick Palit. It was in this lay-by near Abercynon


that 43-year-old Mark Jones was shot in the driver seat


of his white Audi. The court heard that


as well as working as an evaluation officer


for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, he was


also a drug dealer. Just after 7:30am on 26th July last


year, the prosecution say he was murdered by Edward Bennett


and his brother Stephen, who had been involved in the


drugs trade with him. Prosecution counsel Chris Clee


told the jury that Edward Bennett In the weeks leading up


to the murder, the court heard how he was desperately trying


to raise a large amount of cash, even applying for a ?60,000 mortgage


that was unsuccessful. Transcripts of internet


messages from Edward Bennett to his brother Stephen


were read to the jury, that says, "Have you


still got that thing? This, said Mr Clee,


was reference to a gun. The prosecution say the brothers had


arranged to meet Mark Jones They parked nearby


and made their way on foot through woodland


along the river bank. During the course of this trial,


the court will hear evidence from many people who witnessed


the shooting, including an AA patrolman who was parked


behind the Audi. Mark Jones died in hospital


two months after the shooting. He'd had 15 operations


to try and save his life but was suffering from sepsis


and a bleed on the brain. He had gunshot wounds to the belly


and left upper arm. The prosecution say


the defendant shot Mark Jones at point-blank range,


which ultimately led to his death. The day after the shooting,


Edward Bennett was arrested in Station Terrace


in Penrhiwceiber. Two days later, his brother Stephen


was also arrested at his home in Masefield


Way in Pontypridd. A gun cleaning kit


was found in his attic. On that was gun residue


which was at the same type The same residue was also


found on his shoes. Further examination revealed traces


of Mark Jones' blood Both Edward and Stephen Bennett


deny murder How should the most


gifted pupils be taught? That's the question a group


of teachers from Denmark They've been visiting Welsh


classrooms, finding out how our schools nurture


their most talented pupils. Our Education Correspondent


Colette Hume reports. Remember the ones that


we thought of before. It's an ordinary Tuesday afternoon


at Victoria Primary School in Penarth but the seven-year-old


pupils are anything but ordinary. From the moment they


arrive at the nursery, the teachers work hard


to spot the most able


and talented children. Teachers use a wide range


of assessment data. Data from internal and external


tests as well as asking parents their views as well,


in terms of questionnaires that are So when you've identified a talented


and able student, what happens next? Throughout the year there will be


bespoke workshops where talented children in particular areas can


work with like-minded children from other schools on


particular projects. We've used facilities in the local


comprehensive school. We've had a range of local bespoke


workshops from Mandarin, Chinese, Now teachers from Denmark


are here to learn from experiences of teachers


and pupils from Wales. They are here because Victoria


Primary School is one of 48 Welsh schools recognised


by the National Association for Able Children in Education


for their work with the most able. Its leaders say stretching


the brightest pupils If you're coping and dealing


with the more able pupils then the others


see what they are doing and many of them


want to do the same. It is improving what is


going on for every child. The 31 teachers will spend two


days looking at the work going on in primary and secondary


schools here in Wales before returning to Denmark


in using their experiences here in their own


classrooms. We see youngsters who are being


challenged and we see how the schools have managed


to put it into their strategy, talent strategy


we would call it, That is what we hope the Danish


teachers will take with them. Here at Victoria Primary School


and in classrooms across Wales, the work goes on, nurturing


a new generation They hadn't invented


cyber-bullying and online Childline has had to


change its approach That's according to the helpline's


founder, Dame Esther Rantzen, Rosie Stone house is a student at


Cardiff University. She first contacted ChildLine when she was 14


and says it helped her cope with things throughout her teenage years.


Initially it was just having somewhere that you could open up and


having someone to listen. I think that support was a massive thing for


me to be able to think that I could change my life around with support.


She talked about her experiences today. Dame Esther Rantzen, the


founder of the helpline, is touring to celebrate the anniversary of the


helpline. It has cancelled 4 million children. There were more than 7500


contacts from youngsters from Wales last year alone. Their concerns have


changed. We ask what is making our children


are unhappy and often they say to me is social media. These pressures are


coming into us from their phones and their tablets and I can only see two


families, be aware. Whilst the Internet can be a source


of concern, more children are using those gadgets to call for help.


Last year, 71% of the children who got in touch with ChildLine did so


via the Internet and this office deals solely with those online


contacts. Since the office opened the volunteers have conducted over


16,000 online counselling sessions. In the first year the figure was


around 1200 but by last year it had increased to around 4500.


I can see how it helps and I want to do something about it.


Rosey is no herself an online counsellor and hopes her own


experiences can help children who need someone to listen.


It is regarded by many as the speech that brought Margaret Thatcher's


Now, the late Sir Geoffrey Howe's speech in the House


of Commons in 1990 is the subject of of a new play


called "The Dead Sheep", which beings a run in


Our political reporter James Williams had a sneak preview.


His was a political career spanning over half a century. But Sir


Geoffrey Howe, the man from Port Talbot, is a man famous for one


thing, his speech in November 1990 that led to her own downfall.


It is rather like sending your opening batsmen to decrease only to


find the moment the first balls are appalled that their bats have been


broken before the game by the team captain.


It was a brutal rebuke from a man who was previously likened to being


savaged by a dead sheep. It is that court and that


resignation speech that form the basis of a new play visiting Cardiff


this week. It is a fantastic Everyman story about a guy who is


caught between two really strong woman. That is his wife and his


boss. It is about a fantastic conflict of loyalties and I thought


it was impressive the way he finally thought, I'm not going to go


quietly, I'm going to stand up in the House of Commons and destroy the


Prime Minister and possibly my party because it is the right thing to do.


Until his resignation, Geoffrey Howe served on Margaret Thatcher's


cabinet from the outset, as Deputy Prime Minister and Chancellor.


We Tsui Hark potentially angry and spiteful. I did it on spitting image


for 16 years or so and the voice was much more caricatured but here it is


much more real. Geoffrey Howe was indispensable for


the Thatcher revolution, one which continues to divide opinion.


Many economists wrote in to the Times newspaper to see his budget


was wrong. It is a fantastic discussion point. Was he a source of


good or bad for this country? Discuss.


That is a debate should continue after the curtain falls.


Glamorgan Cricket Club would be well placed to host one of the eight,


city-based teams if plans for a new T20 competition are put


into place, according to chief executive Hugh Morris.


The three-week event could start in the 2018 season,


with all counties getting an extra one.


Mr Morris said the tournament is needed to improve


Sunshine for many today - what about the next couple of days?


lots of sunshine further south this afternoon. Most places are dry


tonight. Just one or two showers here and there. Not as cold as last


night. A big high pressure over Scandinavia tomorrow and that means


winds from the East for the UK. They will bring a few showers. Cloudy and


misty in parts of Paris. Otherwise dry -- in parts of Powys. Any mist


Wil left in the morning. One or two showers likely but otherwise dry


with the best of the sunshine in the West and south-west. There will be a


cool north-easterly breeze. Out of the wind and in the sunshine it will


feel pleasant. It will be breezy and cool on Thursday with one or two


showers. Sunniest in the West. Temperatures are little lower. Still


high pressure over Scandinavia on Thursday but low pressure over


France will start to influence our weather so it looks to be more


unsettled later in the week with some more showers but dry spells as


well. But we can't complain because it has been a dry month so far.


The programme that funds community schemes in Wales is set to be


scrapped with the government saying it is not the best way to tackle


poverty. Some say it is a big loss wealth others claim it has failed to


deliver. I'll have an update for you here


at eight o'clock and again That's Wales Today, thank


you for watching from all of us


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