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With the cold weather just about upon us, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is asking customers to join its ‘Wrap Up Wales’ campaign to help them avoid the disruption and inconvenience that frozen water pipes cause many households and businesses. They are urging people to spend a few moments to protect their pipes from bursting and causing damage that can run into thousands of pounds.

The problem is usually linked to pipes that are exposed to very low temperatures, such as those in garages and outhouses, that expand when it freezes, causing a burst when they thaw. A repair on these pipes – which are the responsibility of the customer – is then urgently needed. The average repair cost for burst pipe damage during the 2010 cold snap was £7,000.

Their website has advice on how to prevent pipes freezing - There is also an opportunity on our website for customers to apply for one of the 1,000 free lagging kits they are giving away.

Mark Drakeford AM urges Cardiff West to ‘GET READY FOR WINTER’

With winter on the way, Mark has called on his constituents in Cardiff West to ensure that they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills, in order to stay warm at the lowest possible cost. Short term for everyone: Getting the best deal Make sure you are on the best gas and electricity tariff for you. There are lots of deals and fixed prices to help you control your costs. It is easier than ever before to switch suppliers, which could potentially save you hundreds of pounds over the year. Use an online price comparison website to find deals – if you have the time, use more than one. Examples:,,, Short term for everyone: Saving Energy It is possible to do simple things to save energy - and so save money – while still keeping warm. Changing just one traditional light bulb with a fluorescent light of the same brightness will save about £3 per year. There are many more facts and ideas at Short term for some: Financial support Some constituents may be entitled to extra support from the government and the energy supplier if they meet certain criteria. The Warm Home Discount is worth £140 off Read more [...]

Web services company chooses Cardiff for its new HQ

Economy Minister Edwina Hart has announced the creation of more than 20 new IT jobs in Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone as a new marketing suite opens to showcase the city as a prime destination for inward investment. DevOpsGuys is setting up headquarters in Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone, creating 22 jobs with Welsh Government support. Mrs Hart will welcome this latest new investment at the launch of Cardiff’s new marketing suite at 3 Assembly Square, Cardiff Bay, also to be attended by DevOpsGuys founders James Smith and Stephen Thair. The suite is designed to showcase the city region and promote investment opportunities to business clients. The Minister Hart said: "DevOpsGuys is the latest business to invest in Cardiff Enterprise Zone and I am delighted that a new, innovative technology company working in one of our key sectors is setting up its HQ and development centre here. Wales was in national and international competition for both these projects and I am delighted Cardiff was chosen as the preferred location for both functions. “The availability of staff with the required skills levels and qualifications was a key consideration and Cardiff came out top which reinforces our message that we have the graduates with the Read more [...]

Cwmni sy’n darparu gwasanaethau ar gyfer y we yn dewis lleoli ei bencadlys newydd yng Nghaerdydd

Mae Edwina Hart, Gweinidog yr Economi wedi cyhoeddi y bydd dros 20 o swyddi TG newydd yn cael eu creu yn Ardal Fenter Canol Caerdydd. Daw hyn wrth i ganolfan farchnata newydd agor, a’r ganolfan honno’n rhoi sylw i Gaerdydd fel cyrchfan delfrydol ar gyfer buddsoddi mewnol. Mae DevOpsGuys yn gwmni sy’n darparu gwasanaethau ar gyfer y we ac mae’n datblygu ar raddfa gyflym iawn. Bydd y cwmni yn sefydlu ei bencadlys yn Ardal Fenter Canol Caerdydd gan greu 22 o swyddi â chefnogaeth gan Lywodraeth Cymru. Bydd Mrs Hart yn rhoi croeso i’r buddsoddiad newydd hwn wrth i’r ganolfan gael ei lansio. Lleolir y ganolfan farchnata newydd yn 3 Sgwâr y Cynulliad, Bae Caerdydd. Bydd sylfaenwyr DevOpsGuys sef James Smith a Stephen Thair hefyd yn mynd i’r lansiad. Bwriad y ganolfan yw rhoi sylw i’r ddinas-ranbarth a hyrwyddo cyfleoedd buddsoddi i gleientiaid busnes. Dywedodd Mrs Hart: “DevOpsGuys yw’r busnes diweddaraf i fuddsoddi yn Ardal Fenter Canol Caerdydd. Rydw i’n falch iawn bod y cwmni technoleg newydd ac arloesol hwn, sy’n gweithio yn un o’n prif sectorau, wedi penderfynu lleoli ei bencadlys a’i ganolfan ddatblygu yma. Roedd Cymru’n cystadlu ar lefel genedlaethol a rhyngwladol ar gyfer y prosiectau hyn ac Read more [...]

Consultation on Land Transaction Tax in Wales launched

Finance and Government Business Minister Jane Hutt has launched a consultation on a Land Transaction Tax (LTT), which will replace UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Wales from April 2018. The Minister is encouraging the public, businesses and stakeholders across Wales and the UK to get involved and have their say on proposals for the design of the first Welsh tax in over 800 years. Recent HMRC estimates for 2013-14 show Welsh revenues of £145 million for Stamp Duty Land Tax, with 51,600 transactions taking place. The Office for Budgetary Responsibility forecasts that, in 2018-19 when the tax is devolved, the SDLT revenues could be £231m in Wales. The consultation seeks views on 28 specific questions in relation to: •Tax structure, bands and rates for residential and non-residential transactions; •Partnerships, trusts and companies; •Leases; •Reliefs and exemptions; and •Compliance and avoidance The Minister said: “This consultation will be open and wide-ranging. This is a tax which affects so many of us – as home buyers and sellers, as builders, as developers of or investors in property, as businesses renting premises in the non-residential markers and as those who play important roles in Read more [...]