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Welsh ICE Blog: Consider the benefit apprentices can bring to your business

 

In her column for the Caerphilly Observer, businesswoman and Welsh ICE director Mandy Weston considers the importance of apprenticeships.

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Rugby: a sport so boring its fans make it great

 

Aesthetically, rugby is unwatchable. But all sport is a tribal rite, and Wales v England provides an unbeatable clash of cultures

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Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith defends the “Bedroom Tax”

 
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

From April 1 2013, changes to housing benefit by the UK Government will mean that working-age recipients could face a cut of 14% to their payments for one spare bedroom, and a 25% cut for two spare bedrooms or more.

Critics have labelled the cut a “Bedroom Tax”. Here, Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary, outlines the UK Government’s argument for the change.

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South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: March 6

 

Top Officers’ Pay Deal
The decision to award top officers at Caerphilly council mindboggling pay rises was unlawful according to a damning report published today.

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South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: February 20

 

Trinity Fields
School inspectors have given top marks following an inspection report on Trinity Fields, the only special school serving Caerphilly County Borough.

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Caerphilly MP Wayne David’s Blog: Things will get worse before they get better

 

This year is turning-out to be a bad year for many people in the Caerphilly Borough. More than in most parts of the country, Caerphilly Borough is very dependent on public expenditure.

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Welsh ICE Blog: Are the green shoots of recovery starting to show?

 

In her column for the Caerphilly Observer, businesswoman and Welsh ICE director Mandy Weston argues the green shoots of recovery might be starting to show.

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South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: February 6

 

South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle looks at the Bedroom Tax and Credit Unions in his latest blog for Caerphilly Observer.

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Caerphilly MP Wayne David’s Blog: Votes at 16

 

In his blog, Caerphilly MP Wayne David outlines his argument to lower the voting age from 18 to 16.

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South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: January 23

 

Pay Deal
Unfortunately, I was unwell and missed the special meeting of Caerphilly Council called by Plaid Cymru last week to discuss top officers’ pay fiasco.

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Caerphilly Business Forum blog: SMEs in Wales gearing up for a successful year

 
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In his regular column for Caerphilly Observer, Caerphilly Business Forum’s chair Tony Sheehan looks ahead to 2013.

After a quiet Christmas, business activity in 2013 is already picking up fast and two surveys out last week have shown that SMEs in Wales are already gearing up for a successful year.

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Welsh ICE Blog: European Commission’s Action Plan for Entrepreneurship

 

In her column for the Caerphilly Observer, businesswoman and Welsh ICE director Mandy Weston looks at the potential local impacts of the European Commission’s Action Plan for Entrepreneurship, details of which were announced earlier this month.

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