05/03/2017 BBC Wales Today


05/03/2017

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Wales' Finance Secretary has urged the Treasury to abandon austerity -

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and boost cash for public services and the economy ahead

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Mark Drakeford says there could be a ?175 million cut

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Here's our Political Correspondent, Arwyn Jones.

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The budget is the big chance for the UK Government

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So, it's a the first run out for the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond.

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In the past, it's meant that big-ticket items like the M4 relief

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road can get the green light, although motorists will know these

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Now Wales' finance secretary has written to his counterpart in the UK

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Government urging him to announce extra funding for health

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and social care services, which he said had faced significant

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Well, there are ?3.5 billion worth of unallocated cuts.

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Cuts that have already been announced, but where the Chancellor

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has not yet said were those cuts will fall.

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Now, a share of those cuts could be as much as ?175 million.

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And I urge the Chancellor to turn his back on those cuts, to say, "No,

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Mr Hammond said this morning there wouldn't be a big spending

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spree and that the job of reducing the national debt is

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Those who know the Chancellor said the challenge will be

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This is where the challenge is for Welsh politicians in terms

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of securing more investment into Wales, make winning

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With George Osborne, it was much more about the politics,

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particularly in the run up to the 2015 general election.

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We are now in a phase where actually cold hard economic arguments

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will sway the Treasury, probably little else.

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Many politicians in Swansea will be hoping that the Tidal Lagoon gets

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the nod, but they will have to wait until Wednesday,

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It isn't just about the huge billion pound projects.

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Carolyn Harris's eigh-year-old son Martin died after being

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She had to borrow money to pay for his funeral and now won

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the Chancellor to help families in a similar situation.

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I tried to give him an insight into just how painful that time

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is and how you don't consider the cost and anything,

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you just consider how you're going to get through every day.

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So, to remove the cost would be doing such a marvellous

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thing for any family, not even have to consider that.

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So, on Wednesday, all eyes will be on 11 Downing St to see

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what Philip Hammond manages to pull out of his red box.

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One person has died and another injured in a crash on the A470

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North Wales Police were called just before two o'clock to the collision

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outside the visitor centre at Coed y Brenin forest park, involving

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The road was closed in both directions.

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A man and woman have been airlifted to safety

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after being seriously injured at a Brecon Beacons beauty spot.

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Rescuers say the two walkers, thought to be in their twenties,

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were washed over the top of a waterfall while on trails

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Teams from Central Brecon Mountain Rescue were joined by firefighters

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and police in a four hour operation.

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More than 300 taxi drivers in Denbighshire have completed

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training to help spot the signs of child sexual exploitation.

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The council introduced the compulsory course last year -

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after the Rotherham abuse inquiry found taxi drivers had played

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Ice Hockey - and the Cardiff Devils lifted the Challenge

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Cup trophy tonight - beating the Sheffield Stealers 3-2.

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The Welsh side were trailing by two goals to one,

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but managed to get ahead, in front of a packed home crowd.

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It's the third time the Devils have won the Challenge Cup.

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Unbelievable. Unbelievable. The fan base, everybody involved, to do it

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at home, in front of our own fans, is something I will never forget. I

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was just excited to be part of it. It was a great atmosphere, the fans

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were amazing. It was a big win. And thousands of runners braved

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the rain this morning in separate More than 2000 people took part

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in the Newport Half Marathon; the Anglesey half-marathon took

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place in Menai Bridge, and around 3000 people descended

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on Cardiff's Bute Park The weather forecast -

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and apart from some parts during the morning,

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it'll be a dry and bright day - with some good sunny spells -

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and a few isolated showers. We're back in Breakfast

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with updates from 6.25. Good evening. We have seen all sorts

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today. Some rain, some hail, some snow and even a bit of sunshine.

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Things are calming down for the most part but still a bit damp

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