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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 [...]

Pete cooks up a meal fit for a king at Cardiff Castle

An aspiring chef from Cardiff has described how a Welsh Government scheme to help long-term unemployed people get back into work has changed his life, helping him to realise his culinary dreams. The Lift programme aims to provide 5,000 training and employment opportunities by the end of 2017 for people who have been out of work for more than six months and face barriers to employment. Since its launch in March 2014, the scheme has already provided 953 opportunities for people across Wales. The Cardiff East Lift Programme – which is being delivered by Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA) – is progressing well and has provided 131 training and employment opportunities since it started taking referrals in May. One of those to benefit is Pete Dorset, a former CCHA tenant. When he was referred to the Lift programme earlier this year, Pete had been out of work for nearly two years and was struggling to find employment. Staff at the Cardiff East Lift programme provided one-to-one support for Pete, working with him and other agencies to overcome obstacles which may otherwise have prevented him from seeking employment. They helped Pete with job searches, to rewrite his CV and improve his interview techniques. As a Read more [...]

Pete yn coginio danteithion gwerth chweil yng Nghastell Caerdydd

Mae cogydd brwdfrydig o Gaerdydd wedi disgrifio sut mae cynllun Llywodraeth Cymru sy’n helpu pobl sydd wedi bod yn ddi-waith ers amser i ddod o hyd i waith wedi newid ei fywyd a’i helpu i wireddu ei freuddwydion i weithio fel cogydd. Erbyn diwedd 2017, nod rhaglen Esgyn yw rhoi hyfforddiant a gwaith i 5,000 o bobl sydd wedi bod allan o waith ers dros chwe mis ac sy’n wynebu rhwystrau rhag dod o hyd i waith. Ers ei lansio ym mis Mawrth 2014, mae’r cynllun eisoes wedi creu 953 o gyfleoedd i bobl ledled Cymru. Mae rhaglen Esgyn Dwyrain Caerdydd, sy’n cael ei chynnal gan Gymdeithas Tai Cymunedol Caerdydd (CCHA) yn mynd rhagddi’n dda ac ers i fanylion pobl ddechrau cael eu cyfeirio ati ym mis Mai, mae wedi creu cyfleoedd hyfforddi a gwaith i 131 o bobl. Un sydd wedi cael budd o’r rhaglen yw Pete Dorset, cyn denant gyda CCHA. Pan gafodd ei gyfeirio at raglen Esgyn yn gynharach eleni, roedd Pete wedi bod allan o waith am bron i ddwy flynedd ac roedd yn cael trafferth cael hyd i waith. Cafodd Pete help gan staff rhaglen Esgyn Dwyrain Caerdydd a fu’n cydweithio ag ef ac asiantaethau eraill i oresgyn problemau oedd yn ei atal rhag dod o hyd i waith. Fe wnaethon nhw helpu Pete i chwilio am waith, ailysgrifennu ei CV Read more [...]

Welsh Government CSOs safety drive

Heading into the last weekend before Christmas, Welsh Government-funded Community Support Officers (CSOs) and core-funded CSOs are supporting regular officers in protecting consumers and party-goers against crime. In shopping centres and high streets across the country, teams are increasing their presence. They will be giving advice on keeping purchases, purses and wallets safe, as well as how to take care during nights out in pubs and clubs. Joining forces with CCTV and store security radio operators to track offenders, CSOs will continue to work with businesses to prevent thefts and anti-social behaviour. Mobile police stations will be situated in car parks to allow more regular patrols of retail parks and CSOs will be checking on shoplifting offenders. Teams of CSOs will be patrolling town centres, using mobile stations as a base to talk to shoppers about thefts from handbags, alcohol safety, burglary and online scams. Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews said: “The role played by the additional 500 Welsh Government-funded CSOs is invaluable. “CSOs contribute to an increased presence on the streets alongside Police Officers and CSOs funded by the police themselves. This helps to work as a deterrent to tackle low-level Read more [...]