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WALES NEWS ROUNDUP: Restrictions set to be eased, Next bikes return to Cardiff AND extra funding to help schools reach net zero targets

Wales News RoundUp for the 14th of January 2022.

Restrictions set to be eased.

Coronavirus restrictions in Wales will be eased over the next two weeks, the Welsh Government has announced.

Mark Drakeford will set out the two-week plan to ease the alert level two restrictions which have been in place since Boxing Day. The first minister said that Covid passes would still be required for large events and for nightclubs, cinemas and theatres.

Next Bike returns to Cardiff 

Bike share operator 'nextbike' has revealed its popular bikes scheme has returned to the streets of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Bicycles have been reintroduced after a two-month break due to vandalism, thefts and threats to staff.

Extra funding to help schools reach net zero targets

The Welsh government has announced £65 million of new funding to help colleges and universities reach net zero targets.

Education providers will use the funding on innovative plans to improve their carbon footprints, as well as improvements to infrastructure, such as converting to LED lighting and increasing the number of electric car charging points.

The funding will also be used to support post-16 learners in response to COVID-19, such as through mentoring and increased mental health support. This is in addition to £8m announced last week to support further education colleges with meeting the cost of enabling in-person learning to continue safely, as well as a recruitment campaign to attract more staff to the sector.

£10m will also be provided for future research activity aligned to Welsh Government priorities at higher education institutions.

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, said:

We are committed as a government to fight climate change. Our colleges and universities have an important role within the national effort to reach net zero, as major employers across Wales and seats of learning for workers who will apply their learning in high-skilled professions.

Colleges and universities have worked tremendously hard in enabling learning to continue, while keeping students and staff safe.

We’ve committed to provide £50m of additional funding for post-16 education in the next financial year. This includes a focus on our Renew and Reform programme and doing everything we can to enable our young people to reach their full potential.

 

Thats all for Wales’ News Roundup for the 14th of January 2022.


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