Wales

  • Planning permission for Wylfa Newydd nuclear power project deferred, a slew of job losses, and taxpayers on the hook for more cash at Cardiff Airport October, 2019

    Unemployment in Wales increased by 5,000 to 64,000 between June and August, the increase of 0.4% took the overall rate to 4.2%. The South West of England continued to record the lowest rate at 2.4% with the UK rate at 3.9%. The highest rate was 5.8% which was recorded in the North East of England. The South West also had the highest employment rate at 81.0% which compared with 74.1% in Wales. UK employment was estimated at 75.9%. Welsh average property prices increased by 2.3% to £168,318, which took annual growth to 4.5% which was the highest in the UK. In comparison, UK prices grew by 0.8% to £234,853 during August, an annual growth rate of 1.3%. Analysis by the BBC has found workers living in coastal communities in Great Britain earn on average £1,600 less per year than those living inland. Since 2010 wages fell by c20% in real terms in Delyn the fifth biggest faller in the UK. In seaside towns median wages were £22,104 compared with £23,785 in non-coastal areas. The ONS’s Personal Well-being (or Happiness) Index has ranked Wales eighth out of the 12 UK ‘regions’ in terms of improved happiness since the last survey. Overall though, the Northern Irish were still...