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An inquest rules that Ashley Talbot, who was hit by a minibus


outside his school, was killed accidentally.


No child should die in a road traffic accident on school premises.


In schools, more than anywhere else, the safety of children should be


A recruitment crisis in the Welsh NHS,


and failures to employ doctors and nurses are costing health


A recruitment crisis in the Welsh NHS,


and failures to employ doctors and nurses are costing health


The right to buy your council home was introduced my Margaret Thatcher.


As another council plans to suspend the policy,


how it could soon be banned altogether.


A new survey has some surprising results on how


And the modern masterpieces on public display, thanks


to one private collector's Welsh connection.


When I hear my mother's accent, I say I am back in Wales. That was her


background and she never lost her love of Wales, which she passed on


to me. The coroner investigating the death


of a 15-year-old boy, who was run over in the grounds of his school


said the inquest has identified Ashley Talbot was struck by a school


minibus as he was leaving Maesteg Comprehensive


in December 2014. The jury returned a verdict


of accidental death and the coroner will now make a report


about the design and construction of the school, so that


lessons can be learnt. popular boy, and only son.


15-year-old Ashley was struck by a minibus as he ran for his bus home.


Police say the driver, a PE teacher called Christopher Brooks will not


face prosecution. He was driving at 14 to 17 mph and would have had less


than a second to react. The inquest heard about wider safety concerns. A


boss Trevor said this was an accident waiting to happen. Several


children described near misses which they had witnessed. The coroner said


it revealed issues of grave concern and you will now be preparing a


report on the design, construction and operation of the school.


Reacting to the verdict, the solicitor of the family spelt out


their concerns. No child should die on the school premises in a road


traffic accident. In schools more than anywhere else, the safety of


children should be uppermost in everyone's minds. The school was


constructed through a PFI initiative. It is clear from the


evidence that we have heard in court that the staff of the school were


never satisfied with the design and layout provided of that school. They


struggled, then, to provide a secure and safe environment, given the


design restrictions imposed upon them. Following the hearing, the


local authority issued a statement saying improvements have already


been carried out the school and the review of safety in all schools in


the county borough has taken place. The chair of governors paid tribute


to Ashley at the popular pupil. The governor is satisfied the school is


now safe. We complied with all the health and safety recommendations


that were brought in following the terrible accidents. We believe now


that the school is certainly a very safe place. Ashley's mother has been


too ill to attend the inquest. His father left without speaking. The


family say they are broken. We have welcomed the ongoing health and


safety investigation and are planning further legal action. They


also plan to campaign for a school safety in memory of the sun. -- in


Failures to recruit doctors and nurses are costing Welsh health


boards millions of pounds and today, Assembly Members were told


there's now a recruitment crisis in the Welsh NHS.


In north Wales, the amount of money being spent


on agency staff this year matches the entire ?30 million


over-spend of Betsi Cadwaladr health board.


We are told our hospitals have rarely been busier, pressure is


rarely greater, the squeeze on cash rarely tighter.


But at a time when the Welsh NHS need every penny it can


get, spending on agency staff to fill empty posts is spiralling.


According to some critics, there is a recruitment crisis.


In north Wales, as an example, there are 177


There's a shortage of 79 health care assistants.


Ward rosters are going only 85% filled and that's despite


We asked to be allowed into the hospital here in


Bangor today to speak to doctors and nurses


about recruitment, but that


One, an experienced sister, who didn't want


to be filmed, told me that recruitment problems were down to


Places like this are extremely tough to


Outside our cities, most Welsh hospitals struggle for staff.


Today at the Senate, Assembly Members were


Why, for example, do many medical students leave Wales when they


We have recently run a survey of all of those trainees


coming to interview with us to find out exactly what are those key


And the vast majority have indicated that it's important that


they have got somewhere where their friends are,


I was talking to a number of students thinking of going into


medicine recently in my constituency.


They were all young, single, you know, young men and


women, 18, 19 years old, who couldn't wait to get out.


And said, you know, they've spent their whole


lives here, they wanted to go and see the big wide world.


And the failure to recruit is costing money.


This year, the Ysbyty health board expects


to be in the red for more than ?30 million.


And that's similar to the amount it was spent on agency staff


If you could fill posts, could you get rid


I think it would be a massive help if we could reduce the agency spend


and we are working towards that every day.


We have some rigorous plans in place to control the spent


on agency staff, both from the medical point of view and the


We need to recognise that there will always


circumstances to employ agency clinical staff, to make sure that


A safe service, then, but also a cheaper service.


This has now become a major challenge for the Welsh NHS.


The number of patients waiting more than 12 hours in accident


and emergency departments in Wales has risen by a quarter.


Just over 4,000 people spent 12 hours in A E last month,


The Welsh Government said the rise is unacceptable and pledged


to work with NHS Wales to achieve improvements for patients.


A man from Tredegar has appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court


accused of downloading so-called Islamic State manuals.


23-year-old Nathan Saunders is charged with five counts


of possessing a record likely to be useful to a person committing


A woman from Swansea, who claimed she'd been imprisoned


in her father's flat in Saudi Arabia, is still


waiting for a face-to-face meeting with her lawyer.


21-year-old Amina Al-Jeffrey said her father locked her up


because she kissed a guy - an allegation he denies.


Last Summer, Mohammad Al-Jeffrey was ordered to facilitate


his daughter's return to the UK, but she remains in Saudi Arabia.


A High Court judge has revealed her lawyer has yet to be


Tenants in Cardiff could become the latest in Wales to LOSE


the right to buy their council houses, as the authority aims


to tackle the city's growing housing need.


The Council's decision to suspend the right-to-buy


policy for five years will need to be rubber-stamped


by the Welsh Government, who plan to introduce a law that


would amount to a Wales-wide ban on the policy.


Hello. We are at the forts. In March, they will be married from us


40 years. They have lived for most of it in this council has. Are


making here, it wasn't anything like it is now and then we were here a


bout a month and we decided to buy it. We feel proud that we both came


from... I came from a council house, Harry is from the docks, and we are


out here owning our own houses. So, I'm quite pleased with both of us.


Before it would have benefited from a discount of up to 50% when the


policy was first introduced in the 1980s. These days, social housing


tenants in Wales can get up to a maximum of ?8,000 knocked off the


value of their property. Last year, 359 properties in Wales were bought


under the right to buy scheme. Out of a total of more than 200,000 in


the social housing sector. Had we not had the right to buy, we would


not have a waiting list today and people on that waiting list are in


significant housing needs. What we want to be able to do, we want to


protect a very important asset for families to come now and into the


future. The request will need to be accepted by the Welsh Government.


Anglesey and Swansea have already been given the permission to suspend


the right to buy policy in the area. Dembach and Flintshire's


applications are still being considered. Next month Government


ministers will propose a new law in the Assembly that would amount to a


Wales wide ban on the policy. It would bring the curtain down on a


flagship wide policy driven by her desire to create a nation of


homeowners. This just reflects attention from huge national need to


build more houses. It's completely the wrong priority. We should be


proud of the right to buy and encourage its use in the future. We


certainly need to build more homes, that's what the Welsh women should


be doing. We need to invest in new homes. Housing associations are


committed to that and to building houses up and down Wales. The right


to buy is part of that picture and stops of losing homes that we need,


but the focus should be on new homes. It is a controversial policy.


As far as this couple are concerned, it afforded them the possibility to


Turner has into home. All AMs are allowed


to put staff in place, family or otherwise,


for six months after their But then a permanent post


has to be advertised - for which there's an open


recruitment process. And it's for one of those


permanent jobs that this discussion in November last


year was all about. A Ukip Assembly member discussed how


an advert for a job in her office could be changed to help her brother


with an Assembly official. Michelle Brown was told that


if she went ahead with an initial draft of the advert,


her brother would be sifted out She was also asked if she


wanted to check with him what qualifications he had before


finalising the advert. Well, our political reporter


Paul Martin is in Cardiff Bay. Paul, can you tell


us more about this? All AMs are allowed


to put staff in place, family or otherwise,


for six months after their But then a permanent post


has to be advertised - for which there's an open


recruitment process. And it's for one of those


permanent jobs that this discussion in November last


year was all about. Taking the stage as a new AM last


summer, Michelle Brown, one of seven new members but elected. She soon


recruited a team. She is allowed to employ a family member to work for


her. But what role should they play in the recruitment process was back


I asked the Assembly commission for e-mails sent between Michelle Brown


and officials regarding recruitment. Some were released, but other bits


withheld with the Assembly citing personal data, but I have now seen


full details of an exchange where an official and Michelle Brown


discussed finalising a job advert for a receptionist, personal


assistant job that made reference to Michelle Brown's brothers


qualifications. In the exchange, an Assembly official says, if we go


ahead with the qualification, an NVQ that is in the job description,


Richard, that is Michelle Brown's brother, will be sifted out before


the interview stage. Do you want me to change it to grade C or above in


English? Michelle Brown required leg replied...


The official then told her, that is fine. My understanding is the job ad


went ahead without the NVQ requirement and her brother got an


interview. He did not get the job. The Assembly's recruitment panel has


recommended someone else who will meet Michelle Brown next week to


discuss the job. Michelle Brown says she has acted properly, a view


backed by you get's Assembly leader. All these jobs have to be publicly


advertised and in the case of somebody who is a family member who


is an applicant is covered in the appointment decision is taken by the


Assembly itself, not by the individual AM. Book-mac the Assembly


commission says its recruitment process is fair and based on merit.


And the employment of family members is only allowed with a member plays


no part in the assessment or interview.


So a clear argument there that an AM plays no part in the assessment


But as the email exchange pre-dates those bits of the process I asked


the Commission if they thought the discussion was appropriate


A spokeswoman said "It is entirely appropriate, and within the rules,


for officials to work with AMs to establish selection


criteria and arrangements for a particular appointment".


But a former standards watchdog - Sir Alistair Graham -


has tonight told BBC Wales the exchange looked unethical


and he would advocate a ban on the employment of relatives


No doubt of course the 12 AMs who employ relatives would argue


they're good value for money and go the extra mile.


And argument that I'm sure would be made by the 12am who employ


relatives here. He's taken the snooker


world by storm this week. Jackson Page crashes


out of the Wales Open, but the teenager is right on cue


for a bright future. We hear from the world champion


tipping the teenager to conquer the snooker world.


And they're masterpieces by some of the UK's


most prominent 20th century artists -


why this private collection has gone on public display.


Well a new survey has found that in the last full financial year,


families in Wales spend an average of ?447 a week.


That's ?80 less than the UK average, according to the latest figures


in the Family Spending Survey from the Office for National Statistics.


Matt Murray has been to meet a family in Ceredigion to see how


Ben and partner Joe and I arrive home after the weekly shop. They


live in Newquay and have a two-year-old son. Then works as a


boat mechanic and Joanna works in admin. Since having their son, they


try to stick to a budget when they go shopping. Most of this offers


around the pound mark, some stuff is around 60p. Then to be what they


spend, but on average, its ?70 per week and that's just on essentials.


Since we have had Thomas, we noticed that the shop has gone up. It is


just the price of living, the price of the bare essentials, bread, milk,


butter, meals, chicken. It has gone up in price. In Wales, the average


weekly household spend is one of the lowest in Britain, at ?447, compared


to the UK average of just under 520 9p. This family's weekly spend of


?70 on food shopping is higher than the Welsh average which is ?53 20.


For the majority of regions in this report from the Office of National


Statistics, mortgages and rented the largest expenditures, along with


other housing costs, including energy bills, with 59.50 spend an


average of 37 day period. In ?63 30 cents a week on transport in Wales,


but that is nearly ?10 less than the UK average. Margherita Niehaus is


the mosts most outgoing. Electric is never getting cheaper. They are all


going up. Look like there is also a cleaner living picture reflected


throughout Wales, with average spent on alcohol and tobacco down by ?10


70. Compare to the rest of the UK wages also down to just under ?12.


With a three rule to entertain, that is the same for Ben and Joanna has


they now focus on the essentials as they try to piece together their


household budget. He's had an incredible week,


but the dream is over The teenager from Ebbw Vale lost


to world number four Judd Trump Jackson, who's taken


the snooker world by storm, was entered as a wild card and two


times world champion Mark Williams says it's vital


young players like him are given an opportunity


to break into the sport. global audience focuses on the man


of the moment, under pressure like never before. Not that you could


tell. COMMENTATOR: How about that. He made further progress than some


of the biggest names in World Snooker in reaching the third round,


world number four Judd Trump just too good in the end. COMMENTATOR:


They just had a first taste of life in the souk spotlight and hopefully


there will be many more to come. It has been great, I have loved every


minute of it. The support from friends and family, everyone, it has


been great. I cannot wait for next time. Commiserations? No chance. We


came down here just thinking, we have a couple of days off work now,


we will get through round one. My head was mostly down, because I


could not watch. To get around to as well was just, we didn't think that


would happen again. It was emotional. Even seeing him walk out


on the big stage like that, you get a lump in your throat. 33


tournaments a year on Sundays, every day over to the snooker hall, back


at night. His friend had just passed his test, so he is driving him


around now. His snooker job of choice. -- snooker club. He says


practising here with the two-time world champion has certainly helped.


I suppose you have to say that, because he plays my club and if you


don't say nice things, they might chuck him out. I can remember when I


was playing back of my age and I know how hard it was. I don't think


there are many 15-year-olds in the world better than him. Probably a


view as good in China, but if he keeps going, you have to keep


improving, obviously, but he is on the right road and he will be helped


no end by this tournament. Williams has called for the wild card system


at the tournament to continue, it is what allowed some amateur players


like Jackson to be selected to play at this level. These youngsters are


inspired to become professionals, so why wouldn't you give them the Wales


card. But at the Chinese, they have been given the wild card for five


years and the turnout to be brilliant players. Opted for a


revival of the sport in Wales. In general, in this country, snooker is


slightly on the decline, so hopefully with Jackson doing so


well, this will inspire kids to come back to the snooker halls and take


up the sport. E have competed with the best on a big stage. Don't bet


against him turning professional any time soon.


So, Jackson's Wales Open is over, but one Welshman remains


Lee Walker beat Graeme Dott to make it through to the last 16.


Rugby and there's a break from the Six Nations this weekend,


but news from the Wales camp is that lock Luke Charteris


The 33-year-old, who's been recovering from a hand fracture,


will be considered for selection for the match against Scotland


As a boy, Ian Stout-sker was evacuated to his mum's hometown


Decades on, it's his links with Wales which sees an exhibition


of masterpieces he owns by some of the UK's most prominent


20th century artists going on display at the


It includes works by the likes of Francis Bacon, David Hockney


Ian and his Mercedes have been speaking exclusively to our


arts and media correspondent, Huw Thomas.


A whole room filled with the finest examples of 20th-century art.


The figures and faces are by some of the


most familiar of artists and all collected by a couple passionate


They include some of the best examples of


Francis Bacon's paintings and one of Anthony Gormley's standing


sculptures, cast in lead from the artist's own form.


Ian and Mercedes bought many of these works before the


artists were famous and well the collection is normally


behind closed doors, it was Ian's links with Wales


that encouraged him to loan them to the National Museum.


His mother was from Tredegar and he was evacuated


to the town from his London home during the war.


My mother was born in 1894 in Tredegar, lived there


for the first 25 years of her life and when I hear


my mother's accent, I say, "I am back in Wales."


Because that was my background and she never lost her


love of Wales which she passed on to me.


He is vice president and a financial backer of Cardiff's Royal


Welsh College of Music and Drama, where the concert hall is named


It is Mercedes he was the art buyer, with


an eye for the up-and-coming painter, she bought early works by


Lowry and Bacon for hundreds, when now they go for millions.


I am happy for the artists that their prices


went up, but as far as


I'm concerned, I wish they never did, because I could on buying.


Mercedes will tell you that she believes


these should be shown and not hoarded for few.


So, I felt if this was feeling that it should shown, it


The couples' generosity means something


is artists are on display in Cardiff for the first time.


We are here in the Museum to inspire our visitors


with the greatness of art and to show how


terms of giving life, joy and meaning and value and be able to


show such wonderful examples is really core


The private collection is open to the public from Saturday and it


will remain on show until January next year.


Time for Derek to paint us the weather picture.


A few places hit the dizzy heights 11 Celsius today.


Staying on the mild side over the next few days, with daytime


Dry in Neath today, with a little blue sky and sunshine.


Not so nice, though, in the north-west with some rain


Tonight, rain in parts of mid and north Wales will gradually ease.


A few gaps in the cloud and remaining mild.


Temperatures not falling much - six to eight Celsius.


Tomorrow's chart shows high pressure over France.


This cold front west of Ireland is heading our way.


Here's the picture for 8am tomorrow morning.


Plenty of cloud, but bright in places and feeling mild.


Eight Celsisu in Bala with light winds.


So, some reasonable weather tomorrow.


A little sunshine, but cloud will increase during the afternoon


Ten to 12 Celsius with a light to moderate breeze.


In Flint and Deeside tomorrow - mostly cloudy and dry.


It will be 11 Celsius in Shotton with a light breeze.


A dry morning, turning damp in the afternoon.


Ten Celsius in Haverfordwest with a south south-easterly breeze.


Some mist and fog patches and another mild night.


The chart for Saturday shows high pressure over the continent,


with a weak cold front lying through Wales.


Otherwise mostly dry and mild with a south


Spots of drizzle, otherwise a lot of dry weather.


Next week - mild and becoming windy.


Turning colder later in the week with showers.


The coroner investigating the death of 15-year-old Ashley Talbot,


who was run over in the grounds of his school, said


the inquest has identified issues of "grave concern".


He will now make a report about the design and construction


of Maesteg Comprehensive, so that lessons can be learnt.


We'll be back after the BBC News at 10:30pm.


From all of us on the programme, have a good evening.