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Second home tax hike slammed by Tory election candidate

Gareth Williams, local democracy reporter A decision to double the council tax rate on second homes in Gwynedd has been described by one Tory politician as “taking a wrecking ball through the county’s visitor economy”. Approved during a full council meeting on Thursday, the move means that the owners of […]

Major step forward for £7.1 million railway station upgrade

Saul Cooke-Black, local democracy reporter Plans for a £7.1 million upgrade of Pontypool and New Inn railway station have taken a major step forward after Torfaen council agreed to contribute its share of funding to the project. But councillors have also urged that the number of trains stopping at the […]

Council backs motion calling for Universal Basic Income pilot

Gareth Williams, local democracy reporter Councillors in Gwynedd have backed calls for the county to become a pilot area for universal basic income (UBI), offering residents a non-means-tested fixed sum paid by the government to cover the basic cost of living. Such a state financial support system, which would replace […]