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NM NEWPORT MA TTERS The official newspaper of Newport City Council


MAY 2016. Edition 4 ...............................................................................................................................


WELCOME! CREOSO! TO A BILINGUAL NEWPORT MATTERS


Readers will notice a new look to this edition of Newport Matters – this is our first bilingual edition.


We have made this change because of new legislation introduced on 30 March 2016 which requires all councils across Wales to offer their services and information in both the Welsh and English language.


Welsh Government introduced the legislation as it wants people in Wales to be able to fully live their lives through the medium of the Welsh language if they choose to do so.


As a council, we have a statutory duty to comply with the new


Welsh Language Standards as set out by Welsh Government in the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.


From now on people contacting the council, either in person or on the telephone, can expect to be greeted in Welsh, such as ‘Bore da – Good morning’, and go on to conduct their business in Welsh.


Thank you. Diolch yn fawr.


NEWPORT


REAPS FIRST CITY DEAL BENEFITS


Newport secured the first investment from the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal just days after the £1.2 billion programme was signed.


Investment is being provided for a National Cyber Security Academy, a joint initiative between the University of South Wales (USW) and Welsh Government, to help address a shortage of cyber security skills and develop the next generation of cyber security experts.


With funding support from Welsh Government, the £500,000 pilot involves current USW computer forensics and computer security undergraduates.


It will be based at USW’s Newport City Campus, on the banks of the River Usk opposite the recently opened Friars Walk retail and leisure development.


At the time of the announcement, Councillor Bob Bright - then Leader of Newport City Council - said:


“ Newport, like many Welsh towns and cities, has been built on the back of traditional industries. To be known now as a centre of excellence for cyber security is a real statement of intent of how much the city has changed.


“ We are already home to world class technology, electronics and cloud computing companies. This City Deal investment is another step forward in the emerging story of Newport’s continued revival. We truly are at the heart of a Silicon Usk Valley”.


Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales, said: “ Both government and business understand there is a growing need for graduates with hands-on skills that can fight cyber threats, and that there is a need to work together to address this challenge.


“ For industry, it offers direct access to a pool of graduates who have


been trained to the highest standards and who have a clear understanding of cyber threats, while, for the students, it will maximise the opportunities for them to get a job when they leave USW.”


The City Deal is expected to unlock significant economic growth across the Cardiff Capital Region, with as many as 25,000 new jobs and £4 billion of private sector investment.


For more news visit www.newport.gov.uk ................................................................................................................................................................ NEWPORT MATTERS MAY 2016 1


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