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Education Minister in school

“Exciting new era for education in Wales” as schools embrace new Curriculum

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has heralded an “exciting new era” for education in Wales, as he visited a school today to see children learning with the new Curriculum for Wales.

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Cost of living support for university students

Living costs should never be a barrier to studying at university, which is why Wales provides the most generous living costs grants in the UK.

Dawn Bowden - Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport (2)

New plan to help develop Wales’ creative talent

  • New Creative Skills Action Plan for 2022-25 to help develop the workforce of the future and upskill existing talent
  • Plan backed by a new £1m fund for Wales’ Creative sectors
  • Wales’ creative industries employ 35,400 people in 3,423 businesses – generating £1.7bn for the Welsh economy.
FSM School Holidays - Prydau ysgol am ddim yn y gwyliau-2

Free school meals for lower income families to continue in school holidays

The Welsh Government has announced that free school meals will continue to be provided to children from lower income families in Wales during the school holidays, up until the end of next year’s February half term.

Cardiff Bay Litter Pick

Ground-breaking Bill to ban single-use plastics in Wales and avoid leaving a ‘toxic legacy’ for future generations

A key step in reducing the flow of plastic waste damaging wildlife and the environment in Wales will be made today as a Bill banning single-use plastics is expected to be laid before the Senedd.

Welsh Government

Have your say on a visitor levy for Wales

The Welsh Government has launched a public consultation today on proposals to give local authorities the powers to introduce a visitor levy.

Welsh Government

Avian Influenza identified at a premises in Pembrokeshire

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 in poultry at a large site in Pembrokeshire

Primary School Free Scool Meals FSM Prydau Ysgol Am Ddim

More children in Wales start receiving free school meals in action to tackle cost-of-living crisis

As children go back to school, First Minister Mark Drakeford and leader of Plaid Cymru Adam Price have welcomed the start of the expansion of free school meals to primary school children in Wales.

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Avian Influenza identified at a premises in Gwynedd

The Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Dr Gavin Watkins, has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 at a premises near Arthog in Gwynedd.

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been declared around the infected premises, to limit the risk of disease spread.

Within these zones, bird movements and gatherings are restricted and all holdings that keep birds must be declared. The measures are stricter in the 3km Protection Zone. Full information available here.

The UK health agencies advise that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the UK food standards agencies advise that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.

The Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Dr Gavin Watkins, said:

“This sixth case of avian influenza in Wales in the last 12 months is cause for concern and evidence of the continuing risk that is out there to our birds.

“There has been an unprecedented incursion of avian influenza into Great Britain and Europe in 2022 and keepers of birds must be vigilant and ensure they have the very highest levels of biosecurity in place. There is always more that can be done to protect your birds.

“As we move into the Autumn and Winter, I urge you all to review the measures you have in place and identify areas of improvement. Think about risks from direct contact with wild birds, especially waterfowl, and also the things that could be contaminated by bird droppings – clothing and footwear, equipment, vehicles, feed and bedding. Make improvements where you can to prevent further spread of this devastating bird disease.

“Good biosecurity is always key in protecting animals from disease.”

People should report dead birds and suspicion of avian influenza to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

These may be collected for examination and avian influenza surveillance, depending on the species and location. Further information on how to report and dispose dead wild birds can be found at: https://gov.wales/report-and-dispose-dead-birds

It is important not to pick up or touch any sick or dead bird.

An interactive map of avian influenza disease control zones currently in place across GB can be found here.