MENTAL HEALTH AND MONEY ADVICE
I am writing an article showing how it is possible to purchase food items from an app called “TooGoodToGo”, I will link and update here when this is published.
To explore the app, I selected well known retailers such as Morrisons, Greggs, OneStop & Spar. I also selected several local outlets. Multiple purchases were made at each of the stores in order to ascertain whether the value of products was as described in the app.
From all the retailers tested, everyone exceeded my expectations apart from Morrisons. To provide one example, Greggs bakery sell items through the app for £2.59 for what I estimate to be well over £10 in value from each purchase.
However, Morrisons have consistently failed miserably, not only through the sales through the app but also in their customer care response. Several purchases were made from Morrisons, each purchase made was less than the value as advertised in the app. For example, the last test purchase cost £3.09 through the app and contained 3 bags of potatoes and 49p each, 2 packs of putrid pears at 7p each and a half loaf of bread in date but damaged packaging. The bread was not of merchantable quality due to the packaging. Each magic bag from Morrisons has been abysmal, with most below the advertised price.
In light of the above, I made a customer complaint to Morrisons who replied that “A member of the customer service team will be responding to your email as quickly as possible”. However, this was over a week ago. I have chased Morrisons up for a response and I was told that someone would contact me back. Chasing up Morrisons again, I was informed that they could log my complaint but they can not deal with it and it would not be dealt with. Chasing up Morrisons again, I explained that I intend to write an article in relation to what is in my opinion Morrisons clearly selling products not at the advertised price, the fact they have been consistent in this abysmal practice for a multitude of test purchases over a period of time in addition to any complaint raised is ignored – their response is that a manager would contact me back. Nobody has done so.
Morrisons press office have also been contacted in order to request a comment from them. However, after waiting several days, they too have also failed to respond.
TLDR: Morrisons supermarket repeatedly overcharging through app and purposefully ignored customer complaints of being overcharged.
This is a live blog – it will be updated when necessary.
It has been over a year since the conflict in Ukraine began and Carmarthenshire is still playing its part to help support some of the refugees coming to the UK from Ukraine.
Nearly six and a half thousand Ukrainians have relocated to Wales since March 2022 and as a county we have welcomed over 360 individuals and families; and are continuing to work with Welsh Government to help families fleeing the conflict.
We value all the support that has already been shown by residents, but we are still looking for people who can help us in helping families to adjust to their new home and life here, in Carmarthenshire.
We want to be able to offer a full range of support, both for Ukrainian families and host families. This will include housing, employment, education, safeguarding and emotional support.
Here are some of the things you may be able to do to help:
If you have any questions or would like to help, please email us: Ukrainecrisis@Carmarthenshire.gov.uk
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A massive clean-up and recovery operation is underway to deal with the aftermath of Storm Eunice which battered Carmarthenshire.
Council highways crews have had an extremely busy few days as extreme winds brought down trees, branches, roof tiles and electricity cables on Friday and throughout the weekend. To date, they have received 295 weather-related highway reports, and this figure continues to rise.
The council’s property teams dealt with over 300 calls, mainly from housing tenants, reporting damage to their homes, such as loose roof tiles, or fences blown down, as well as from some schools including Llandeilo and Pencader, as well as weather-related issues reported at Richmond Park, Bryngwyn and Ffwrnes.
A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note this will be during office hours, Monday – Friday 08:30 – 18:00.
Outside normal office hours Delta Wellbeing provides an emergency service on 0300 333 2222. This phone number is for emergencies and is available after 6pm and up until 8:30am on weekdays, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays.
6 March 2023
Preparation work, in readiness for the planting of 27 new trees in the autumn, on the streets of Machynlleth town centre will begin this week.
Following last year’s engagement exercise and the subsequent removal of some of the existing trees, works to begin improving the conditions of the remaining and the planned new street trees along Heol Maengwyn (A489), Penrallt St and Pentrehedyn St (A487) will begin this week (week commencing 6 March).
Work will include improving the street surfaces and the planting conditions of the remaining trees as well as creating underground planting pits for the 27 new trees which will be planted in the autumn. The majority of the activity will take place on or around the pavements and planting areas and will be undertaken in small areas at a time to minimise any disruption. Access to shops properties will be maintained at all times.
“The loss of any trees can be very emotive, but through our engagement exercise we have bought together the proposed professional views and the thoughts and wishes of the local community to create a robust future-proofed plan of action for the street trees in Machynlleth town centre.” explains Cllr Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys.
“The removal of some of the original damaged and/or ill-placed trees has provided us with an ideal opportunity to improve the conditions of the remaining trees and a chance to replant the felled trees in a more appropriate way – ensuring we choose the right locations, tree species and method of planting to guarantee their survival and presence within Machynlleth for years to come.
“We are aware of the many benefits of urban planting. Trees not only improve our environments by looking beautiful, but they can also play a vital role in combatting the climate and nature emergencies we are currently facing by providing a haven for wildlife, offering shade, absorbing excess water, and improving air quality.
“We are really looking forward to this work beginning and thank all who have contributed to this project for their time and input. Once the street surfaces and planting areas have been improved during this stage of the works, the bit we are all waiting for, the planting of the new trees, will take place in the autumn.”
6 March 2023
Grow – Define – Deliver Together, an engagement event hosted by the Mid Wales Regional Skills Partnership will take place on the morning of 23 March to give you, the businesses of Mid Wales an opportunity to come together and tell us what you need for the future to meet your business goals.
Come and understand the support and guidance available to you in procurement, tendering, recruitment, skills, and training. If you are a Ceredigion and Powys business thinking about your future workforce needs, come and join us for the morning at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.
Be inspired by other businesses who have faced similar challenges. Network and explore the opportunities around upskilling, training or apprenticeships to help your business now and for the future.
Councillor Bryan Davies, Leader of Ceredigion County Council and Councillor James Gibson-Watt, Leader of Powys County Council, jointly said: “Over the last couple of years there has been little opportunity for businesses in Mid Wales to get together. If you are a business just starting out or even an established business, of any size, and you are unsure of the options that are available to you in recruiting or upskilling staff, then this event is for you. Powys and Ceredigion officers will be on hand to share the support and solutions available, for example tendering and procurement. We welcome this chance to bring businesses together to help prepare Mid Wales for the future.”
Key topics that will be explored include Green Skills and Net Zero; looking at ways to prepare and adapt your organisation and supply chains for the green economy, identifying the green skills your workforce needs to succeed and how these can be achieved.
Emma Thomas, Chair of the Mid Wales Regional Skills Partnership said: “We’re pleased to invite Mid Wales Business Employers to join us at the ‘Grow – Define – Deliver Together’ event. Help us to understand your barriers to skills and recruitment, enabling the Mid Wales Regional Skills Partnership to be your voice when and where it matters. You will have the opportunity to join a round table discussion with fellow employers and experts in the field of employment, skills, and training. They will be on hand to listen to your needs, and the challenges your businesses are currently facing, and to offer advice and guidance. This is an important opportunity not to be missed.”
The event will be followed by a networking lunch.
To attend the event, businesses must register their interest through the following link: bit.ly/GrowDefineDeliverTogether2023
06 March 2023
If you’re looking for a new opportunity in social work, then Powys County Council has some great opportunities.
Social workers are invited to attend recruitment events to find out about the job opportunities across children and adult services.
There are some great benefits of working for Powys County Council, including manageable caseloads, flexible working, dedicated business support, relocation package of up to £8,000, and a market supplement for some specific roles.
Come along and find out more at one of the recruitment events, from 4pm until 7pm at:
The Holiday Inn, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 21st March (SY2 6LG)
Lion Quays, Oswestry on Monday 27th March (SY11 3EN)
The Bear, Crickhowell on Tuesday 28th March (NP8 1BW)
Nant Ddu Lodge, Cwm Taf, on Wednesday 29th March (CF48 2HY)
It will be a great opportunity to meet our friendly staff and find out about our social work vacancies in our care and support, assessment, through care 0 -14, mental health, and hospital discharge teams.
Councillor Sian Cox, Cabinet Member for a Caring Powys said: If you believe in the power of social work to change things for the better, do talk to us. We’re innovative, collaborative and focused and believe in people being supported to live the life they want to live, where they want to live it, with the people they want to live with. You’ll receive the support you need to do the job you love, regular supervision, and excellent training and development opportunities.
Councillor Susan McNicholas, Cabinet Member for Future Generations adds: Powys is a great place to work, it’s a rural county with some vibrant market towns. We offer flexible working opportunities, so you will be able to work from a location that suits you and your business needs. This could be from home, our offices, or community buildings near where you live. So, if you’re interested in a new social work job, come along to one of the events and find out why it’s a great place to work.
Bring along your CV and we will match you to our current and future vacancies.
For more information about the events visit, www.powys.gov. or check out our vacancies at www.powys.gov.
In September 2023, new Welsh Government legislation will introduce a default 20mph speed limit on restricted (street lit) roads across Wales in place of the current 30mph limits. This is being done to:
Selected roads which have a strategic role and are less of a risk to walkers and cyclists may be an exception to the legislation.
The County Council has assessed all roads within Carmarthenshire to map the impacts of the legislation and to identify these exceptions. You can view the default 20mph and 30mp exceptions here.
Wales is due to become one of the first countries in the world, and the first nation in the UK, to introduce legislation to have a default 20mph speed limit on roads where cars mix with pedestrians and cyclists.
Cllr Edward Thomas, Cabinet Member for, Cabinet Member for Transport, Waste, and Infrastructure Services said:
We, as a Local Authority, are implementing the Welsh Government’s legislation to set a speed limit of 20mph on most of our restricted roads. The key aim of the 20mph speed limit is to improve road safety, particularly for vulnerable road users, and encourage more walking and cycling. The change in legislation will require a fundamental change in driver behaviour to achieve its goals and we will be working closely with the Welsh Government to educate the public of the changes that are afoot”.
For further details on the changes and to make a comment, please visit our website.
3 March 2023
Falsely identifying sheep and providing false information on sheep movement reporting documentation has cost a Powys man over £2,300 after they were prosecuted by the county council.
Daniel Price of Oakfield, Dolau was prosecuted by Powys County Council’s Animal Health Team for the offences.
Price, who pleaded guilty to four offences under the Animal Health Act 1981 and asked for 17 other charges to be taken into consideration, appeared before Llandrindod Wells Magistrates Courts on 1 March 2023 and was fined £1,200 for the offences. He was ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.
The court heard that in February 2020, Price provided false information on sheep movement reporting documentation and that in September 2020 and December 2020, he falsely identified a total of 39 sheep.
Price also failed to notify EID Cymru, an electronic system to record livestock movements in Wales, of the movement of two sheep, the court was told.
Cllr Richard Church, Cabinet Member for a Safer Powys, said: “The laws relating to the identification and movement reporting of sheep and goats are in place to make it easier to trace animals and help to prevent, or to reduce the cost of, an outbreak of a serious disease, such as, Foot and Mouth Disease and to protect the human food chain.
“If farmers do not follow regulations, then our officers will investigate and take the appropriate action.”
Gavin Jones, the council’s Animal Health Team Manager, said: “Our officers will take appropriate action in these circumstances. Most breaches are dealt with without the need to prosecute. However, if we come across similar cases to this, we will prosecute.”