29/01/2017 BBC Wales Today


29/01/2017

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Good evening.

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Introducing a Universal Basic Income in Wales would be a "worrying

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and extremely expensive socialist experiment", a leading

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economist has warned.

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Earlier this month, the Finance Secretary

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said the idea of paying

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every citizen an unconditional sum of money was "attractive"

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and could help tackle poverty and inequality.

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But Professor Patrick Minford told Sunday Politics Wales

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the scheme "isn't workable".

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More from our political reporter, Cemlyn Davies.

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Should every single citizen receive an automatic basic income

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to spend however they want, no strings attached?

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It isn't a new question.

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Philosophers have debated it for centuries.

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But the policy does have fresh support from the left and the right,

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and here in Wales, the Finance Secretary recently

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described the idea as attractive.

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It's an idea with considerable roots in our social policy.

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Always struggled to manage to find a practical way

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of taking it forward.

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But there is an opportunity for us in Wales to watch

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what is being attempted elsewhere.

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It isn't clear if or how the Welsh government could introduce

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a universal basic income, but Mark Drakeford says he will keep

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an eye on developments in Scotland, where there are efforts to launch

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pilot schemes in Glasgow and Fife.

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The initiative has cross-party support and the backing

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of the RSA think tank.

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It explains a basic income would be paid to everyone,

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regardless of whether they work or not and so there is an extra

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incentive for unemployed people to find a job as they wouldn't have

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to worry about losing benefits as happens under the current system.

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With a basic income, moving from a system where you weren't

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working into one where you were, you won't face those penalties.

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You retain your consistent payments throughout that period.

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You are given security to be able to choose to work.

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And also to actually to be able to choose work or training,

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or to set up your own business.

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This is not a workable scheme because it is far too expensive.

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It creates a tremendous tax and disincentive for the average

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person further up the income scale who is paying the taxes

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to fund the whole thing.

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Mark Drakeford has said he thinks this is an attractive idea.

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Does that worry you?

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Well it is quite worrying for Wales because it is very expensive.

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If Wales does it on its own it is going to be very expensive.

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Critics also claim a universal basic income could encourage laziness

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and increase immigration.

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The First Minister has criticised President Donald Trump's decision

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to institute a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran,

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Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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Carwyn Jones said the impact on "law-abiding citizens"

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was beyond any "rational defence".

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He also criticised the Prime Minister's response

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to Mr Trump's executive order.

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Mr Jones says he'll raise the matter with Theresa May when they meet

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tomorrow for the Joint Ministerial Committee.

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Police have renewed an appeal for information

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about the death of a baby boy - exactly a year after his body

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was found in Newport.

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The newborn child was discovered on land near Imperial

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Park in Coedkernew.

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He'd been wrapped in a white towel from the city's

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St Anne's Hospice, and put in a black leather-style bag.

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Despite numerous appeals, Gwent Police have been unable

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to identify the baby's mother.

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A farewell service has been held at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff

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to mark the retirement of the Archbishop of Wales.

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Dr Barry Morgan has been the head of the Church in Wales

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for nearly 14 years - the longest serving

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in the Anglican Communion.

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He'll retire on his 70th birthday on Tuesday.

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Around 9,000 women a year in Wales are diagnosed with cancer.

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The treatment can cause visible side effects,

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like hair loss and changes to the skin.

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Now workshops aimed at boosting the confidence of women

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undergoing cancer treatment, are being offered in North Wales

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for the first time.

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For some cancer patients looking in the mirror isn't

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as straightforward as it used to be.

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Treatment can cause physical changes, such as scarring

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and the loss of hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and even nails.

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Now these skincare and make up workshops are being held

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in North Wales for the first time, offering advice and support.

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Pat Morris is recovering from an operation and eight rounds

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of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.

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I've learned quite a bit tonight, just with the make up

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and everything, you know.

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Because you do tend to put things on and if they're not the right way,

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they don't look right, do they?

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But I'm going to learn what I can tonight.

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The workshops are held away from a hospital setting

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at the Beeches Hotel in Prestatyn every six weeks.

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They are run by volunteers from the charity Look Good Feel

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Better, in partnership with the local health board.

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No matter what treatment they have, it makes them feel so much

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better when they come to a session like this.

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They're meeting other people who are going through the same

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condition, and they make friends from it as well.

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It just makes them feel more confident.

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A cancer diagnosis and treatment can be overwhelming physically

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and psychologically.

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It is hoped by helping these women to look and feel better,

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they'll face their treatment and their future

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with more confidence.

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A look at the weather forecast, and the rain will soon clear this

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evening, leaving a cloudy and mild night for all.

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There'll be mist, low cloud and fog over the hills.

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Monday will be a cloudy and mild day.

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It'll look grey and murky from the start, with hill fog.

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Rain will gradually spread north and east, though it will be lighter

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and patchier than today.

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Top temperature 10 Celsius.

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That's Wales Today.

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I'll be back with our late update at around twenty past ten.

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Enjoy your evening.

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Goodbye.

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