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Our headlines tonight: Music therapy.
Who should pick up the bill for residential care?
From today, you keep more of your savings, so what
do those providing social care make of it?
It is a positive step but like everything else, it masks a much
deeper problem. Teaching others about
Parkinson's, Sharon Martin was The row over where
electicity pylons should A High Court judge
and the granddaughter In tonight's sport,
Swansea's slipping closer The warning tonight
from the head coach. History has been made. What a
tremendous moment for the scholars. tributes to David Parry Jones
who has died at the age of 83. Who should pay for us if we go
into care and how much of our savings should
we have to spend? It's expensive and for some,
care costs mean selling your home and emptying
bank accounts. Today the limit on the amount
of savings that can be kept has been lifted from ?24,000
and will eventually rise to 50. Local authorities will be
for funding the difference. The Minister for social services
visiting a care home. She says the changes announced by the government
today it will enable more people to keep more of their money. Until now
people have only been able to keep ?24,000 silk on the day that goes up
to ?30,000 but over the course of this assembly, we will take extra
steps to take that up to ?50,000 that people can keep before starting
the paper residential care. The most recent census shows that 16,500
people over the age of 65 are in residential care homes in Wales.
1,000 should benefit one is the limit is lifted to ?50,000. There
are worries about the pressure it will put on cancelled. I only
concern is the fact there is going to be enough money in the local
authorities budgets to be able to fund people properly and not the
spread their limited resources to thinly and then providers find they
haven't got a viable business and have the close and the distress that
causes the people. Residential care can cost ?30,000 a year, forcing
some people to sell their homes were depleted a lifetime of savings.
Cynthia's mother is in a care home in Wrexham after developing
dementia. She says the increase in it will take some of the worry away
from those arranging Kevin Rudd once. That is a big consideration
for families when looking for care homes and looking at these. The fact
it is likely to go up again will be good news for them. Using therapy is
part of the timetable at this home in Wrexham but some in the industry
have concerns about things like this could be at risk. It is a ?49 a year
in funding gap and eager steps are needed. It is a positive step but
like everything else, it masks a much deeper problem. Social care is,
as the government rightly stresses, a sector of national strategic
importance. It currently is in something of a dysfunctional state
even though it underpins the NHS in Wales and what we need to do is see
a much better planned approach. In improvements to social services have
been promised with an extra ?55 million in the next year. Today's
Welsh government announcement is music to the ears of many residents
and their relatives. There are those in the social care sector and local
government who feared a less than major financial shortfall was
addressed, it could ring hollow. 8,000 people in Wales
live with Parkinson's disease and there is
warning tonight that unless more investment
is found for research and
treatment, it is unlikely a cure will be found.
Parkinson's UK said urgent action is needed to help
Sometimes people with Parkinson's have this problem with their hands.
Sharon was just 39 when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
It started with a small tremor in her arm. She wants people to
understand that now tasks that look simple but difficult for her and
there's no escape. I can't ever take my club of. It ensure world upside
down. It is a feeling of grief. It sudden grief. Parkinson's disease is
a progressive neurological condition. The nerve cells a
messages to the price of the brain that coordinate movement die.
Currently it cannot be prevented or cured. The main drug people with the
disease rely on has not changed in over 50 years. The charity
Parkinson's UK say there are many misunderstandings about the disease.
45% are unsure or wrongly think it is to prevent Parkinson's disease.
77% think there is no limit to the amount of time medication works for
and 60% incorrectly believe medication does more than mask
symptoms. The starting point for researchers at Cardiff University is
to find out more about the disease itself. Parkinson's disease is a
complex genetic disorder but we hope that the work we're doing at Cardiff
University will integrate the understanding into the biology that
is underpinning this disease that will be useful for future research.
There is ground-breaking research already underway. Sharon is part of
a study which sees 41 patients have for magnitudes paste into their
brains. A protein known to support the survival of brain cells,
including the ones most in Parkinson's, I pumped into the brain
with pinpoint accuracy. The results are not yet known. Detailed medical
research costs money and those supporting the charity want more.
What we all want is to find a cure for a lot more research needs to be
going in and trying to get all different bodies to put money into
research so we can find a cure. Sharon says she will continue to
fight while she waits for the next is very medical advances but even
being part of trials in these early stages has given her help. I'm very
optimistic for the future. I'm 47 and I need to live my life and I
need to live my life Parkinson's free.
A driver has told Cardiff Crown Court he doesn't remember the crash
which killed his five-year-old stepson.
Five-year-old Joseph Smith suffered multiple injuries when the
car he was travelling in hit oncoming traffic on Western Avenue
The court was told he was not using a booster seat.
Dean Collins denies causing death by dangerous driving.
Official figures show an increasing number of Welsh children are seeking
help for depression and suicidal thoughts.
Welsh government figures suggest more than 11,000 children
were referred for counselling last year and the number of counselling
sessions for suicide concerns increased by 25%.
A High Court judge is being asked to overturn a decision to allow 12.5
miles of electricity pylons in North Wales because of
their impact on an historic Tudor farmhouse.
The cables would run close to the birthplace of Katherine
of Berain, granddaughter of King Henry Tudor
who is also known as the
Lawyers for the UK Government insist the link to two
wind farms is of strategic importance.
The Queen 's High Court sitting in Anglesey, the setting for this
challenge to the UK Government's Secretary of State for energy. It's
a grade two start listed building and Katheryn of Berain used to live
here in the 16th century. John is the one funding the case, owner and
former at the farmstead in the hills north of Denbigh. He has been told
by his lawyer is not to talk about the dispute but he was happy to tell
me about his home and its place in the history of Tudor Wales. There is
and historical boundary that has been here for 500 years and there
are still the same, all the hedgerows are in the same place as
they wear 500 years ago. Here as custodians and as generations have
been here before us and it will be generations after us and we are only
here for a period and then we have the work with a grade two story
listed building and we got to look after what we've got. The line of
pylons running from two wind farms would pass close to the place, close
enough it is claimed to have a significant effect on the farmstead
and its setting. The project has faced opposition. This is beautiful
countryside, there is no argument about that. Not on a door here and
you often get this response. It should be underground, that's what I
think. You don't have to go underground on the way but when
accountabilities. That is the nub of it, should or could the cables be
put underground here? Developers say the pylons will look something like
these, wooden poles up to 15 metres tall and spaced 100 metres apart.
Insist putting them underground would be too costly and also argued
they have considered all the options. This case is what is called
a edition review, a questioning of the procedure which led the
progression of the pylons being given the priceless. In a nutshell,
the government are being challenged about how much weight they gave to
the historic significance of the place and whether they fully
considered putting these cables underground. The judge has said he
will reserve his judgment. A 55-year-old man has been jailed
for five years after he burned down his farmhouse in Whitland
in Carmarthenshire. Charles Chestnut set his
?250,000 home on fire after Swansea Crown Court
heard how firefighters found him having a barbecue
after he started the blaze. Workers at the Wrexham-based Dee
Valley water company are in consultation with its new owners,
Severn Trent Water, over job losses. Bosses say there are areas
of duplication and they haven't been able to find alternative roles
for 14 Concerns were raised before
the takeover in February. The First Minister has attacked
the record of Independent council candidates in Wales,
accusing them of not having any principles
or He was speaking at the Labour
campaign launch for next month's council elections in which
he also admitted that there were problems caused by the party's
divisions at Westminster. They may be enthusiastic but are the
voters keen to keep Labour in control in more than half of Wales
Ceredigion County Council? It was more cappuccino and croissants and
beer and somebody's but Carwyn Jones insisted Labour is still a party for
working people before turning his fight on the threats from rival
parties and the many hundreds of independent candidates that are such
a feature of Welsh council elections. We know that in some
parts of Wales there will be a ragbag of independence, they have
been members of other parties humming together without a coherent
programme and no principles. Labour-controlled 12 out of 22 Welsh
local authorities. These are heavily concentrated on the M4 M corridor
and in the South Wales valleys. Results in Ceredigion County Council
collections can swing dramatically. In 1995 for example, Labour had 725
councillors elected. In 2008, it went down to just 345. Then it
bounced back up to 577 in the last Ceredigion County Council but in
2012. It's all very pleasant here in Newport but no one pretends within
Labour ranks they got anything other than a tough fight ahead. The
combination of the high water mark five years ago and troubles at
Westminster will all contribute but what the party is holding on to is
that many predicted substantial losses in the assembly election last
year and those losses never came. Because of the current backdrop,
Carwyn Jones has admitted it will be difficult to avoid losses. I don't
think there's been a huge amount of excitement, it seems to be more
damage limitation than anything else. I don't think that's right,
given we have 944 candidates, by far the biggest number of candidates of
any party. It's going to be tough. Not as it was in 2012, a lot of work
to do. We've got good candidates, a good track record and people are on
the street listening to people and through that hard work, we want to
do well in May. Whether it's glass half-full or empty for Labour, it's
going to be a busy month ahead. Still to come, are Swansea running
out of time to stay in the Premier After the warmest weekend
of the year so far, what is in store There's been a boom in books that
you can read online and these days all the information you need can be
found at your fingertips but it seems young people haven't been put
off using local libraries. that number has been growing over
the last five years. But on the whole,
regular library use has Libraries gave us power, so say the
manic Street preachers. This library in that respect is a powerhouse.
Around half a million items were in the last year, is one of the best
performing library is in the UK. It's about as far removed from a
dusty old library as you can get. After major renovations in 2012.
There are plenty of young users here. I like the facilities because
there's so much variation for different people and there's
computers so if I need to look something up quickly, I can do that
and it all with books! I've been brought up using the library. The
type of work I do, the library has become quite vital for my type of
work. I think it's about taking advantage of what's available.
Research shows there's been an increase in library usage across
Wales. Up from 45% in 2011 to 46% last year. But there has been a
sharp decline in frequent use, down from 57% 2011 to 41% last year. In
the last seven years, one in six library is across Wales has closed.
Tumble used to have a library but there are now just empty shelves
here at the village hall. The library workers just sat here. There
were a couple of computers to the side. Volunteers like Pat tried to
run the service but ultimately, there were not enough users. We just
didn't get the footfall. We tried very hard. I used to do a Friday
afternoon myself. We were open twice a week as the original library had
been. Tuesdays and Fridays. We just didn't get the footfall. It had
closed so to reopen in Italy difficult. Over the border in
Pembrokeshire, a new county library is being built at the old market.
The aim is to attract more new breeds users by providing more
services under one roof. In order to get more visitors to libraries, they
talk about having more services under one roof and that is what we
are doing here so as well as a county library will also have a copy
shop, it will have a national quality gallery with their
collections on display. The truce information Centre or under one
roof. With the squeeze on Ceredigion budgets set to continue, if slightly
more robust revisiting bigger libraries in future to get lost in a
good book. Swansea City's boss has
warned his players they will be playing championship football next
season unless they vastly
improve their performance. Paul Clement says his side
is finding it difficult to perform due to anxiety over
the club's predicament. They have just six games
left to ensure their Just a few weeks ago, it looks like
Swansea City would escape a relegation fight. They were scoring
goals, sitting five points clear of the drop zone and celebrations like
this by the manager should the Passion and belief he had brought to
the club but things have changed. Swansea are back in trouble and now
find themselves in a situation where they need teams above them the slip
up. The table shows just how tight things are. Swansea said two points
behind how and Crystal Palace Campolo six points clear from them
the night if they beat Arsenal. The defeated the West Ham on Saturday
was their whisper form and is under Paul Clement. He says the side are
playing with fear. They are clearly anxious. That showed in the way that
they played. The rhythm of our football, a conference with the
ball. We made a massive amount of mistakes, but we have to deal with
that. Otherwise we're going to be playing in championship next year.
There is still, I believe, a lot that can happen. Time is running out
on the road to survival won't be easy. There are six games left
Swansea City to ensure their Premier League pitcher. That's 18 points
left to play for the teams around them of course could decide fate.
But these other matches Swansea have left. Watford away their Saturday,
followed by Stoke at home and then Manchester United away at next
month, their last three games of the season see them play Everton at
home, followed by bottom of the table Sunderland away and could all
come down to the very last game of season, West Brom will be the final
game at Liberty Stadium. Could that 90 minutes decide their destiny?
Paul Clement has spoken about his players feeling the pressure and at
the ground today, many supporters were despondent although some feel
the job can still be done. After that performance at West Ham, I
don't know if we have, I don't know if the fight is there. They are
feeling the pressure at the moment. I can see them staying up. I hope
they do but were up against it. It's going to be close. Hopefully they
have enough to get through. Swansea now they have a huge fight on our
hands and training this week will undoubtedly be intense but football
is a funny old game and it's not over yet.
With just ten days to go until the Lions
squad was announced, Sam
Warburton has had a scan on his knee.
The 28-year-old scored his side 's first try but came off during
Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar is still being assessed
following a knock to the head during Saturday's Pro12
The Olympian and two-time world triathlon champion Helen Jenkins has
ruled herself out of the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast
The 33-year-old is expecting a baby at the end of July.
The Cardiff Devils will have to settle for just the two trophies
They lost to rivals Sheffield Steelers yesterday in the
After securing the regular-season title
and the Challenge Cup, they were hoping to
become the first team to
He was known as the voice of Welsh rugby.
Tributes have been paid tonight to the broadcaster David
In a career spanning many decades, he
famously commentated on Llanelli's historic win over
He also presented this programme for many years.
He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease
eight years ago and died in a hospice in Penarth this morning.
But the breath. Assured, authoritative, is married. David
Parry Jones, a distinctive voice during the golden age of Welsh
rugby. He was in the commentary box for that match, the day Llanelli
humbled the mighty all Blacks. He was equally as proud of commentating
the game as I was as a player to have played in the game. He was so
kind because I didn't have a clue. I was a novice. He was knowledgeable
about rugby, he loved the game he was a gentleman. His contribution to
Rugby Union football is incredible. His contribution to the BBC,
outstanding. He loved Wales. He spoke fairly about Wales. When he
did a game, he was 50 50 and believe that, he was a proud Welshman. He
was proud of his education at Merton College, Oxford, and started out as
a journalist with the times before working intelligent. -- in
television. A familiar face on BBC Wales today in the 60s, 70s and 80s,
David Parry Jones Oglaigh na hEireann elegance and charm made him
popular with colleagues and the occasional celebrity. He was a
wordsmith and David was always looking for new ways of describing
things, even describing a simple thing like a catch in cricket or a
punt in rugby. He lived life to the full. He loved people generally. He
was really a very special guy, a very class act. In later years, he
was cared for at his home in Cardiff by his long-term partner, Betty
George, after being diagnosed with hot summers. The couple filmed a
documentary together, raising awareness of the challenges of
living with the condition. It prompted a public debate about
dementia care. Betty George described him as a kind, gentle and
handsome man. David Parry Jones who has
died at the age of 83. The weather is next.
We enjoyed a taste of summer over the weekend. A few places recorded
21 Celsius. It's going to be a while before we see temperatures that high
again. Cool and cloudy this afternoon. Some lovely sunshine,
ideal for a walk around the lakes. This evening, fine and dry the most
of us, just the odd isolated shower. Generally dry overnight. A cool
night to with temperatures in a brawl sports dipping low enough for
a ground frost. Tomorrow, France will bring rain to the north and
west of Scotland, further south high pressure will keep things drive.
Here's the picture for eight in the morning. Quite pleasant. Cool but
dry and bright. Some sunshine and light winds. More cloud in the north
and breezy on the coast. The temperature around 9 degrees. Not a
bad day tomorrow. Dry with bright or sunny spells. It may cloud over in
the North later in the afternoon. Some cloud spelling in from the
Irish Sea. Temperatures up to 14 Celsius. The best of the sunshine in
the morning. 11 degrees. Tomorrow evening, cloud will spread down from
the north. Dry overnight but rain not too far from the north coast by
the end of the night. Then on Wednesday, a cold front will slide
its way southwards so Wednesday, a little more unsettled, breezy and a
few showers. Some dry weather glimpses of sunshine as well. On
Thursday, we may see spots of light rain in parts of mid and North
Wales. Elsewhere, dry with sunny intervals. Good Friday, a little
rain, most of it in the north-west. Very little rain in the South East.
Eastern weekend, a little bit mixed. A few showers, a cold breeze but
some reasonable weather as well. But is caught your but it could be a lot
worse. The headlines: funeral of PC Keith
Palmer who was killed in last month Westminster attack has been held at
London. Thousands of police officers from all over the country lined the
route as the funeral cortege set out from the Palace of Westminster. He
was guarding the Houses of Parliament when he was stabbed by
Khalid Masood. I will have an update
for you here at 8:00 and again That's all for today,
thank you for watching.