Rail electrification to Swansea dropped by the UK Government

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On 20 July the UK Government published its High Level Output Specification and Statement of Funds Available. These statutory statements set out what the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, wants the railway in England and Wales to achieve between 2019 and 2024 during rail planning Control Period 6 (CP6).

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UN Ocean Conference results in an international effort to protect oceans

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The 5 – 9 June 2017 saw New York City host the ‘United Nations (UN) Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’ (The Ocean Conference).

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Predicting the future of Wales: Welsh Government report published

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Population expansion, economic growth and flooding are just some of the things on the horizon for Wales, according to a ‘Future Trends Report’. The report, published by the Welsh Government on May 5 2017, is a requirement of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

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Physical (in)activity – is it time to get Welsh children moving?

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Many of us are aware of the importance of exercise and encouraging our children to be more active too. But what exactly are the potential benefits of physical activity in childhood? How much are children exercising in Wales today, and how much should they be physically active to stay healthy?

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New publication: Welsh-medium and bilingual provision in Further and Higher Education

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This briefing provides an overview of Welsh-medium and bilingual provision in the Further and Higher Education sectors in Wales. It explains the policy context and identifies key institutions and initiatives. The paper also gives statistics on the number of Welsh-medium and bilingual learning activities in these sectors and the number of learners studying through Welsh or bilingually. The Welsh Government has a target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050 and sees education and linguistic progression as one of the main ways to achieve this, as stated in its new Welsh Language Strategy. The report of the Welsh Government task and finish group on the future of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is due to be published soon.

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