Pupils’ Welsh fluency levels unchanged since 1986

The number of primary school pupils who speak Welsh fluently is now relatively unchanged from the figure in 1986. The most recent Welsh government statistics – for 2009/10 - are virtually the same as those collated 23 years ago.

Labour AMs think they’re exempt from scrutiny role

Backbench Labour Assembly Members think they are exempt from scrutinising the Welsh Labour Government, Welsh Conservatives claimed today. In the past six weeks, only two written questions have been tabled by Labour AMs to Welsh Ministers.

Cancer waiting times "a lottery" - as staff numbers drop

Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, has branded waiting times for cancer treatment in Wales “a lottery”. Latest figures reveal the Welsh Government’s own target is still being missed, with significant differences dependent upon the type of cancer.

Hart’s lethargic Enterprise Dept leaves business in limbo

Edwina Hart’s Enterprise Department has left Welsh business in limbo, it was claimed today, as a series of major decisions have been kicked into the long grass.Welsh Conservatives have cited the Welsh Labour Government’s rudderless Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science Department and the Minister’s unique management style as reasons for the inertia.

Traffic chaos sign of failure to invest

Commenting on the continuing disruption for motorists travelling on the M4 around Newport following yesterday’s fire in the Brynglas tunnels, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport said:“Ministers need to work closely with the authorities to complete their thorough investigations and repair work so Wales’ main arterial route can fully reopen as soon as possible to limit the damage to the economies of Newport and South Wales.

Less support for graduates as NEETs rise

Commenting on new figures showing a rise in the number of 19-24 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs) to 22.8%, the highest level since the Welsh Government began collecting data in 1999, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:“It is deeply worrying that almost a quarter of 19-24 year olds are being denied the opportunity to exercise their talents in the world of work or study.

Welsh LHB has UK’s highest midwife-birth ratio

Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board has the highest midwife-birth ratio in the UK, according to figures published by the BBC Panorama programme.The Royal College of Midwives recommends that to maintain safety and quality of care there should be no more than 28 births to each midwife.  The ratio in Aneurin Bevan LHB is 46.7, well above the recommended safe level and the highest of any LHB or hospital trust in the UK.

Welsh Ministers failed to lobby for Welsh Olympic role

Commenting on Carwyn Jones’ expression of disappointment at the limited role for Wales in the 2012 Olympics, Mohammad Asghar AM, Shadow Minister for Equalities and Sport, said: “This is an admission that the Welsh Labour Government failed to effectively lobby for a prominent role for Welsh businesses and sports venues in the world’s biggest sporting event.

40% of social services staff not ‘qualified’

More than 10,000 social services staff members in Wales have not achieved the ‘required or recommended’ level of training. Only 60% of those working in the sector are classed as ‘qualified’ in the Welsh government’s own statistics database.

A&E wait remains outside target

Waiting time targets in A & E departments are still being missed, according to latest figures. The targets – that 95 per cent of patients are seen within four hours and 99 per cent within eight hours – have not been met once in the last three years.