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a regular or widespread occurrence for people; however, if a power cut does happen, we want our customers to be able to contact us easily with a simple, memorable number. This is particularly important when there’s bad weather, as severe storms can cause damage to power networks and disrupt the electricity supply into people’s homes. This new, free number will make life easier for electricity customers. The news was welcomed by

Plaid Cymru AM Adam Price. The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr AM said: “I welcome the launch of this new service on September 6, which will allow consumers to rapidly get in touch with their local electricity network operator and report concerns. “The free service, which can be

POWER companies have worked

together to launch a new national power cut phone line to help people contact their local electricity network company. The South Wales power network is

operated by Western Power Distribution (WPD), which is responsible for delivering electricity to homes and businesses in the area. WPD has joined forces with other regional networks to provide a single national number for power cut queries. Callers dialling 105, which is free

to use, will be put straight through to WPD, helping avoid potential confusion or people contacting the wrong organisation. The number, which is available

to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales, will enable people to report or get information about power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. 105 is funded and

delivered by the electricity network operators, and is a first for the UK’s energy industry. The launch comes as figures reveal

that 72% of people don’t know who to contact if they have a power cut, with a further 43% indicating that they would incorrectly call the electricity supplier they pay their bill to, when in fact they should contact their local electricity network operator. Electricity network operators

are the companies that manage and maintain the power lines and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses. The research, commissioned by the operators’ trade body Energy Networks Association (ENA), found that 21% of people would contact their electricity network operator in a power cut, yet, of these, only 11% could correctly name their local operator. Robert Symons, Chief Executive

of WPD, said: “Significant network investment means power cuts are not

reached by dialling 105, will ensure that there is a speedy response to power cuts by electricity network operators, and that consumers are fully integrated into ensuring that their concerns and welfare are provided for. “Electricity network operators

across England, Scotland and Wales and ENA have worked in partnership to launch 105. We hope people in Wales will welcome it as an important step forward in helping electricity customers know exactly what to do and who to contact if they have a power cut.” People can also call 105 from most

landlines and mobile phones, no matter who they choose to buy electricity from, if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations. It is a free service, available to people in England, Scotland and Wales. More information about 105 and

electricity network operators can be found at The new website also provides direct links and details of how to contact network operators online and via social media to get information and updates about a power cut.

AMs call for debate on bovine TB A CROSS- PARTY motion has

been put forward for debate on the eradication of bovine TB in the National Assembly. Plaid Cymru Mid and West

Assembly Member, Simon Thomas, Shadow Cabinet Member for Energy Climate Change and Rural Affairs said: “The Welsh Government must commit to using the most effective measures to control and eradicate bovine TB. “Plaid Cymru’s consultation

on the future of rural policies following the decision to leave the European Union has meant I’ve toured the agricultural shows from the Anglesey show in the north to the Pembrokeshire County Show in the west. “I’ve listened to the concerns of

farmers and their representatives. The issue of bovine TB has been an important part of discussions over the summer.

“My colleague, Ceredigion AM

Elin Jones, did not shy away from difficult decisions over this issue as the Welsh Minister responsible for Rural Affairs. It is now up to the present minority Welsh Government to do the same.” AM for North Wales Llŷr

Gruffydd, who lives on a family farm, added: “The Government is currently reviewing its strategic framework for the eradication of bovine TB which comes to an end this year. I sincerely hope the new strategic framework will include a wider range of measures including stronger action to tackle TB in wildlife. “As part of the Welsh Government

from 2007 to 2011, Plaid Cymru took bold decisions to back the Welsh farming industry – we would like to see the same leadership from the Labour Welsh Government now. “The Party of Wales is also

Health Board is continuing with its recruitment campaign to attract medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals to support services across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. Considerable efforts are ongoing

to recruit into posts within the health board with a series of key events planned for this autumn. The health board is reaching out

not only to Wales and UK audiences, but globally. Following a Philippine nursing recruitment drive, eight nurses are expected to arrive in October, 17 in November and a further 105 spread across the following months. Up to 13 nurses from Italy are also due to arrive


Saturday (Sept 10) - an event for pending newly qualified nurses (March 2017 or September 2017) at Trinity College.

Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 – our primary care team is attending the RCGP Conference in Harrogate.

Friday, October 14 – an open day at Bronglais Hospital, targeting mainly doctors and GPs, and providing an opportunity for health services within the area to show how they, although being a small rural service, can still lead the way in local and national service developments.

Tuesday, October 18 and


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Power cut phone line launched Health board searches far and wide

in October following a recruitment drive in the country. Lisa Gostling, Director of

Workforce and Organisational Development for Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are continuing to do everything we can to fill our vacant posts across Hywel Dda, including looking for staff aboard due to the nationwide shortage of nursing and medical staff. “Our hospitals are situated in a

beautiful part of Wales and we are offering excellent career opportunities, with access to innovative training and development programmes and unique staff benefits to attract the best candidates for the job and the best people to care for you.”

Wednesday, October 19 – Hywel Dda UHB will be in attendance at the Irish Medical Times Careers Fair in Dublin.

Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20 – the health board will be at the Best in Practice event at Birmingham.

Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 – the health board will be represented at the BMJ Career Fair in London, where the Welsh Government’s national campaign to recruit medical specialities and GPs will be launched.

Thursday, November 3 – a health careers event for secondary school and college pupils at Newcastle Emlyn Leisure Centre.

Vote opens for UK volunteers FOLLOWING the

calling on the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, to ensure that testing and movement restrictions are proportionate to the disease status of an area. “This debate would be an

opportunity to highlight to the Government what more needs to be done to tackle bTB and I hope many Assembly Members will support this cross-party motion so it will be debated on the floor of the Senedd.” The bid for a debate on the

subject of the eradication of bovine TB has been supported by Mid and West Wales AM Neil Hamilton and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies. The National Assembly’s

business committee will meet on September 20 to decide whether the motion will be debated. If given the green light, the

discussion will take place on the afternoon of September 28.

announcement of finalists for both individual and group categories, the public are being called upon to cast their votes in the ‘Britain Has Spirit’ campaign, a UK- wide search for the nation’s best volunteers. The two overall winners of

‘Regional Community Hero of the Year’ and ‘Regional Community Initiative of the Year’ will each receive £25,000 to go towards a local cause. The next stage will see the vote open for the national finalists, who span ten regions across the UK. A gap in community spirit across

the country was revealed by research conducted by Together Mutual Insurance, and in response, the campaign was launched. According to the research, nearly half (47%) of British people have never volunteered. Director at Together Mutual

Insurance, Chris McElligott said: “Celebrating local heroes who give up their precious spare time to help others is a great way to encourage others by highlighting the great work volunteers do up and down the country every day. We have 20 very deserving finalists and we are all very excited to see the public get involved

and help us find the most deserving volunteer group and individual to receive their £25,000, which will go to a well-loved cause close to their hearts.” Rio Olympics star Gabby Logan

will front the campaign, for which the awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 25 in London. At this final stage, the two national winners will be announced. Gabby Logan commented:

“We have 20 amazing finalists all showcasing that Britain does indeed have community spirit. The Great British public now have a very important job to do, all of the finalists are worthy winners, so it’s incredibly important that each of you vote for your favourite to award them the national prize of £25,000. Think of the difference £25,000 could make to a community project!” For a full list of all 20 finalists

, please visit the Britain Has Spirit website (www.BritainHasSpirit. com) where you can cast your vote today. Join in the conversation on Twitter (@TogetherIns) and Facebook ( TogetherMutualInsurance) pages and keep up to date with the latest news from the Britain Has Spirit campaign.

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