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Net News March 2012 Mawrth

Please do copy & paste for your own newsletters and circulate widely. 2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives

A final request for information The Wales TUC is evaluating Networks of Excellence (NoE). What are your views and opinions, good, bad or constructive on the NoE? What are your views and opinions on the Net News? Is it useful? David Simpson would like to hear from you on David would also like to hear any views on the future direction of the NoE/Net News. Thanks to all those who contributed views, opinions and suggestions at the ULR Conference, the February Net meetings and the Stakeholder Conference.

Dates March

14-16 TUC Women's Conference 20 Reps Update Wrexham Ramada Hotel 24 Placard Parade London 24-25 March Young Members Conference 23 3 day Pensions Course Bridgend Richard Young 29 Employer Pledge & Essential Skills Update Swansea April 27-29 April TUC Black Workers Conference 28 April Day of Action on health and safety Worker’s Memorial Day May 22-24 May Wales TUC conference Llandudno 30-31 May Disability Conference June Network of Excellence Meetings 14 Thurs Bridgend Venue to be confirmed 15 Fri Milford Haven “ “ “ 19 Tues Machynlleth “ “ “ 22 Fri Rhyl Community Fire Station

July 5-6 July TUC LGBT Conference 16 July Deadline for Congress motions 23 July Deadline for Congress delegations August 13 August Deadline for Congress Amendments September 9 -12 September Congress in Brighton If you are not on the Net News circulation list and want to add your details please contact: Bernice Waugh Network of Excellence Y Rhwydwaith Rhagoriaeth Wales TUC Cymru ebost/e-mail: Ffon/Tel: 07917 415601 Same details if you need to unsubscribe.

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Employer Pledge and Basic Skills in the Workplace project enters Phase 2! A new briefing has been arranged to inform ULRs of some major changes taking place within Basic Skills in Wales. The meeting is being held at the Marriott Hotel in Swansea on 29th March 2012. (A similar event will be held in north Wales, the date will be confirmed) Come along to this free event to find out exactly what the changes are and how they will impact you. You will discover: • • • •

How these changes will affect your workplace That ICT is now to be included as a core essential skill What funding is available What impact the changes will have on WULF projects

All this plus more information will be available on the day to ULRs and WULF Project Managers. The meeting starts at 10am with refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. To register for the event please click here:, and please feel free to pass this email on to ULR colleagues who may not have received it. As always, if you have any questions or queries please feel free to get in touch. Regards Linsey Hi all Found this article on the BBC website this morning... The statistics in Wales are similar with 51% of adults having numeracy levels equivalent to a primary school pupil. Best wishes Ruth Ruth Gates UNISON Connecting Health through Learning Project Manager Tel. 07870 919781

TEST YOUR MATHS The label instructs you to use 40ml of bleach in five litres of water. How much should you use in half a litre of water? A) 2ml B) 2.5ml C) 4ml D) 20ml Were you right? Click below to find out. Test your maths skills Lots of resources for you on this web site - check it out! Did I get it right? – Yes, using pen & paper!

The North Wales Welsh for Adults Centre Click here to see our newsletter with a variety of activities in your area to use your Welsh. Enjoy!

The South Wales Welsh for Adults

The Mid Wales Welsh for Adults

Our Welsh in the Workplace classes offer: • Welsh tuition at work with full nationally recognised qualifications • Additional support courses throughout the year e.g. Saturday day schools, weekend courses, residential courses and summer schools • Opportunities for Welsh learners to network and meet other learners to share their experiences. For more information email our Development Officers, Dafydd Morse or Jaci Taylor , or telephone them on 0800 876 6975.

Wanted: Couples for Siôn a Siân A new entertainment series on S4C Filming will take place on 17 and 18 March at the ITV Studio Culverhouse Cross Cardiff. We are looking for couples to participate with the chance of winning up to £1,000. Travelling expenses and accommodation in Cardiff are available To declare your interest contact Mr Producer via email or Tel 02920 916667

Weekend for Welsh Learners at Nant Gwrtheryn Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April Closing date 19th March Cost £135.00 Phone 01248 388248 Email Nant Gwrtheryn is on the north coast of the beautiful Llyn Penninsula.

Grangetown Cymraeg on Facebook A Facebook page aimed at connecting people who speak Welsh has been launched for people in and around the Grangetown area of Cardiff. Andy Lloyd, who created the page, is sure there are lots of people around that can speak Welsh, but they don't know each other! It doesn't matter what your level of Welsh is. Just go along to the page and make yourself known and before long I think there will be lots of exciting events happening where you will be able to practise your Welsh.

Quick Reads are delighted to be launching eight fantastic new titles this week to help new readers fall in love with reading and experience the joys and benefits reading can bring. We're asking everyone involved in Quick Reads to register for the initiative. It only takes a couple of minutes and will make a real difference to them. Register here: .

Fantastic Quick Reads Resources

To celebrate the launch of eight exciting new Quick Reads titles, BBC Skillswise has designed an exclusive mini-site where you can read and listen to the first chapters of the new books. You can also download text or audio versions of the chapters, so there's lots of potential for classroom use. Why not try out a jigsaw-reading or listening activity, or encourage learners to read and listen at the same time? We will be adding more resources to the mini-site too, so please look out for those. The new titles include a thriller by Lynda LaPlante, a Doctor Who story by Jacqueline Rayner, a collection of short stories by Alexander McCall Smith and a self-improvement book by former 'Dragon' James Caan, called 'Get the Life you Really Want.' Something for everyone! You can find the resources here: Quick Reads on Skillswise

Six Book Challenge Your learners may be interested in The Six Book Challenge, which invites less confident readers to read six books and record their reading in a diary in order to receive incentives, a certificate and the opportunity to enter a national prize draw. Any organisation can participate and there's a chance for colleges, prisons and workplaces to enter prize draws to win a visit by a top author. The project is run by The Reading Agency and you can find out more about how to get involved here Like many charities, Quick Reads felt the effects of funding cuts this year and were unable to provide the free promotional packs as we have in the past and which have undoubtedly been a motivation for many in registering on our site. Registering is key to helping them secure funding in the future. Please register now and you will receive updates about the great new titles and the new campaign for 2012.

BBC Learning Strategy

At the end of March, we hope to transmit a series of compelling dramas that will highlight a range of low level adult literacy issues. The dramas (5x45mins) form a key part of the BBC Learning strategy and will be on BBC1 through the course of one week. The dramas all feature adult characters who face some degree of difficulty with reading and writing but the stories are as much about marriage, friendship, bereavement, and parenthood. By telling powerful stories about their lives, BBC Learning hopes the dramas will raise awareness of how low levels of literacy and a lack of confidence in these skills affect millions of adults across the UK. With some well-known actors and some strong writing, we're hopeful that they will touch and inspire some people to consider taking the next step - and contacting organisations to go to a class or course.

Engaging your learners using storytelling tools: a one day practical workshop Tuesday 12 June 2012, Cardiff This one day workshop is designed to help you develop your skills to be a more effective and engaging communicator using storytelling techniques. The training explores a range of storytelling concepts, tried and tested strategies, hints and tips, and provides an opportunity to put ideas into practice and adapt them to your own individual style. Note: The course will be delivered in English. However, there will be an opportunity for those who would prefer to, to work on, and receive feedback on their individual storytelling in Welsh. Target audience Teachers and tutors working in any context in adult learning. What this workshop will do By the end of the workshop participants should have: • acquired a set of basic storytelling skills and techniques which will enable them to be a more effective communicator; • a better appreciation of the potential of storytelling and how to use techniques to inspire and motivate learners; • increased their knowledge of the range of storytelling techniques and how to improve their own storytelling skills; • improved confidence to be able to tell a short story to a live audience; and, • gained an understanding of the wider applications of storytelling and how to use their newly acquired skills in other situations and contexts. Workshop fee (includes lunch and refreshments) £135 NIACE members £155 Non NIACE members For more information and to book your place: Enquiries: NIACE Events Email:

TUC EDUCATION UPDATE - SPRING 2012 NEW! Disabled workers workbook, Sick Note e-note, Health and safety in the south west, NEW! TUC Workplace manual, 2011 Wales TUC health and safety conference, Carlisle College, Climbing frame survey, Look out for, Who to contact

GREEN SKILLS MANIFESTO 2012 The Greener Jobs Alliance was established to advocate a coherent approach to deliver green jobs and skills in the UK. The founding members of the GJA are the University and College Union, Trades Union Congress, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, National Union of Students, People & Planet, and the Institute of Public Policy Research.

Back Copies of Net News All the back copies of the Net News are available at :

Swansea City of Sanctuary and Displaced People in Action invite you to a workshop on the following theme:

Asylum and Destitution – Coping with “No Recourse to Public Funds” Tuesday 13 March 2011, 9:30am to 4:30pm Dyfatty Community Centre, Chapel St, Swansea, SA1 3SN Target audience: frontline staff and managers who may come into contact with people who are destitute because they have been refused asylum in the UK. This event aims to equip people with knowledge, resources and awareness to 1) Understand how people who have sought asylum become destitute, including reasons why people flee their countries of origin and why people might decide to stay in the UK after a Home Office refusal; 2) Learn what to do about destitution, including an overview of legislation which may support someone who otherwise has No Recourse to Public Funds; 3) Network with people from multiple organisations, with a mind to learn what role each of us may play in alleviating destitution. Keynote Speaker/Trainers include Mike Kaye of Still Human, Still Here and Selina Moyo of Wales Strategic Migration Partnership. Please return booking form attached to This event is free of charge, but we will charge no-shows £20. Lunch and refreshments provided The day is structured with presentations in the morning and opportunities for in-depth investigation through discussion and case studies in the afternoon. While we prefer people to attend the entire training, we will consider requests to attend the morning session only. Please send such requests to Emily Robertson People and Places Project Manager Swansea City of Sanctuary Proud to be a place of safety for refugees and asylum seekers

Learning at Work Day 17th May Adult Learners' Week is a campaign which combines national promotion with local action. The campaign offers adults the chance to have a go at learning something new by trying out one of the hundreds of free taster sessions that happen across Wales during the week, and an opportunity for learning providers to showcase their provision. If you are a Union Learning Rep you will want to make the most of the Adult Learners' Week campaign, by organising your own special events. You will find loads of things to support you on this site

Adult Learners’ Week and Learning at Work Day 2012 Adult Learners’ Week 12th – 20th May Be prepared! Is ALW and L@W in your calendar of events? Have you started to plan for it yet? Think about booking tutors/organisations/colleges early this year. The month of May will come around all too quickly........

29 March 2012, Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, Wrexham The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) invites you to participate in our next Real Conversation. The initiative brings together business leaders, young people, teachers, trainers and specialists to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the world of work. The challenge for this upcoming event is to discuss skills and skills perceptions and the qualifications that are currently on offer in Wales. Book a place at the Real Conversation Where: Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, Wrexham. When: 29 March 2012. Time: 16:30 to 19:00 (with a networking reception until 20:00). The Deputy Minister for Skills will open the conversation and we are pleased to announce that Sian Lloyd, BBC Wales Today and Radio Wales presenter, will host this event. Why get involved in the Real Conversation? If you are a young person Do you want a good job? The Real Conversation is your chance to speak directly to employers and to understand the opportunities available. Find out what separates a great candidate from the rest and how to quickly get your foot in the door. If you are an employer Do you think that young people have the skills you need? The Real Conversation is your opportunity to influence today's youth and, at the same time, perhaps be surprised as to what young people actually have to offer your business. If you are involved in the delivery of skills / education Are we equipping today's youth with the right qualifications and skills to succeed? Come along to the Real Conversation – it is your opportunity to learn from employers and young people and to get your voice heard to help inform the future delivery of skills and education in Wales. We would like you to help us by nominating young people who you think would benefit from being part of this event. Space will be made available for tutors and trainers to accompany their students; and we ask you to please indicate the name(s) of any accompanying adults on the booking form. Book your place at this next event via our online booking form. Questions? Please e-mail us at

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Foundation Degree Financial Services Do you have an IT or accounts department that would benefit from studying a fully-funded Foundation Degree? The Foundation Degree in Business & IT is free for 2012 entrants, with attendance required at College one day a week. Starts 16th April The course develops the necessary skills and knowledge so that students can become effective practitioners in the field of financial services. Students will gain a critical appreciation of the role of financial services, the organisations and the products in the retail financial environment. This course is designed to prepare students for future positions at middle management level in the financial services sector. All students must be in employment as the skills and knowledge they are developing need to be demonstrated back in the workplace by making a positive impact on the businesses they work for. Contact Matthew Davies, Course Tutor, T: 01656 302560, E:

Prepare for a Degree‌.in the Community and on Campus The BA Preparation Programme in Humanities is a part-time course starting in April 2012. The course is taught at the Singleton Park campus and in a community venue near you in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. All you have to do is choose 2 subjects from a variety including, History, Literature, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, Counselling and many more & attend both classes for 2 hours for 10 weeks. This programme is FREE to eligible students. Confidential and impartial advice and guidance is also available. After completing this programme, many students progress to the BA (Honours) Humanities Degree (part-time) in September 2012 Come along to one of our Information Events: Swansea Swansea Central Library, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, SA1 3SN Saturday 17th March, 10am - 4pm Forge Fach Community Resource Centre, Hebron Road, Clydach, SA6 5EJ Thursday 15th March, 5pm - 7pm Neath Port Talbot Glynneath Training Centre, Oddfellows Street, Glynneath, SA11 5DB Monday 12th March, 5pm - 7pm DOVE Workshop, Roman Road, Banwen, SA10 9LW Wednesday 14th March, 11am - 1pm Neath Port Talbot College, Queen Street Centre, 28 Queen Street, Neath, SA11 1DL Thursday 15th March, 11am - 1pm Carmarthenshire Felinfoel Community Education Centre, Tanyrhodyn Road, Felinfoel, Llanelli, SA15 4LN Monday 12th March, 11am - 1pm The Black Mountain Centre, Cwmgarw Road, Brynaman, SA18 1BU Tuesday 13th March, 11am - 1pm Pembrokeshire Fishguard Leisure Centre, Heol Dyfed, Fishguard, SA65 9DT Friday 9th March, 5pm - 7pm The Bloomfield Centre, Redstone Road, Narberth SA67 7ES Tuesday 13th March, 11am - 1pm For more information contact Paul Dicks 01792 295935/295499

Engaging employers - Negotiator's guide for Bargaining for Skills Unionlearn has produced a guide for union negotiators on engaging employers in bargaining for skills. The Negotiator's guide sets the scene for putting learning and skills on the bargaining table. The guide is aimed at union reps and officers who are in negotiating positions, but helps everyone representing union members in the workplace. Negotiating for learning and skills is now more important than ever as employability and job security are key issues for workplaces. Making learning agreements is the next way we must support people at work.

As with all publications from Unionlearn make sure that the information is appropriate to Wales. (If you haven’t heard of it then it may just apply to England.)

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Macarthur Trust and I am

The charity is based in Wales and covers the whole of the UK. They still have funding available and are anxious to reach out to more women who might benefit. The website is or contact for more information. Best Wishes, Jo Rees WTUC WHAT IS THE MARY MACARTHUR TRUST? The Trust exists to provide holidays for women who are in need of a period of rest or holiday by reason of age, poverty, infirmity, disablement or social or economic circumstances. The Trust aims to provide a break needed at a crucial time. WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE? The Trust provides financial help towards the cost of a holiday. The Trust tries to help as many women as possible each year. Therefore the maximum available for any holiday is normally £350.00, although this may be increased very slightly in exceptional circumstances.

Organising Academy Courses There are spaces available on the following upcoming courses from the TUC Organising Academy: Award in Supporting Organising (accredited) For: Membership officers, admin support and other support roles within unions Course aims: For many reps and members, this may be the only contact they have with paid union staff. This course, over four days, gives support colleagues the skills and knowledge needed to support organising work. Programme: • understanding organising • handling member enquiries • dealing with difficult conversations. Dates/location: London 26-27 Apr 2012, 14-15 June 2012 Strategic Research For: all officers, organisers and research staff Course aims: With increasing changes to ownership, restructuring of the public sector and the impact of globalisation on workplaces, this course gives officers, researchers and policy officers the skills and knowledge needed to continue to bargain effectively. Programme: • understanding ownership • employer critique - analysing ownership • applying research for your sector. Dates/location: London 3-5 July 2012 Download the Organising Academy Programme (PDF) for more details and an application form

From Sian Gale Bectu and Wulf project manager This is really interesting. Can we share with project managers and ULRs? Yes we can!

“45 Interesting Ways of Using QR Codes to Support Learning” A power point presentation. Contact Bernice for a copy

Calling all North Wales ULRs, H&S, Green Equality and all other Reps 2012 Reps Update - free briefing The Wales TUC is offering a one-day essential update briefing for all union reps in Wales. The briefing will include an employment law update (inc. TUPE and the Agency Worker Regulations), a briefing on the Welfare Reform Bill and its impact on members, as well as an introduction to the TUC Workplace Manual for reps and information on new bite-size online employment rights briefings for reps from TUC Education online. The event will also provide an opportunity to attend a variety of workshops on different topics and an update on current Wales TUC campaigns. Date: Tuesday 20 March 2012 Time: 10 am - 4pm Venue: Ramada Hotel, Wrexham Speakers at this event will include: • Richard Exell, Senior Policy Officer, TUC • Craig Hawkins, Online Learning Officer, TUC • Bernie Wentworth, an employment rights solicitor from Thompsons Solicitors The event is free and is being run for workplace reps, branch secretaries, regional officers, union organisers and other union officials. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend the event please complete an online registration form. Places are limited at this event so early registration is advised. Contact or tel 029 2034 7011 if you need further information.

OpenLearn champion training Where: Bangor Machynlleth Colwyn Bay Time: 10am-3pm

Thursday 19th April Friday 18th May Monday 11th June Training places are limited

As part of a North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership project, the Open University in Wales is bringing over 600 FREE courses to mid and north Wales through OpenLearn We are training OpenLearn champions across mid and north Wales, to help people in the community access this free learning and use it as pathway to progress to other formal learning. If you or a colleague would like to put yourselves forward to be OpenLearn champions please contact: Gayle Hudson Applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet the criteria and could fulfil the role of an OpenLearn champion. Please do get in touch for the full information. Many thanks Gayle Hudson Widening Access Mid and North Wales Open University in Wales T: 01691 671648 M: 07500 974 332 Twitter: @gayle115

Qualifications and Credit Framework in Health and Social Care, Early Years and Childcare ‘one year on’ The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) diplomas for health and social care, early years and childcare have been available in Wales since January 2011. When the qualifications were launched, the Care Council was asked to provide follow up events after a 12 month period as a means of considering what was working well, what not so well and ideas to help implementation. • •

Tuesday 20th March, SWALEC stadium Cardiff 10am – 3.30pm Thursday 22nd March, Venue Cymru Llandudno 10am – 3.30pm

Each event will provide an update from the Care Council on support materials that have been developed to assist the implementation of the QCF diplomas as well as an opportunity for participants to share ideas and information. These events are free of charge, however, we would appreciate it if you could be mindful of the use of public monies and should you be unable to attend for any reason, advise us as early as possible. Please contact:, for an application form to book your place. By Friday 9th March 2012.

ULR Stage 1 Course in North Wales

• Six Wednesdays • Starting 25th April 2012 • Rhyl Community Fire Station • 9am start Contact Trade Union Studies at Coleg Harlech WEA

Chwarae Teg Job Alerts Thank you for registering your details for job alerts on the Chwarae Teg website. We are currently recruiting for the following post: • 3 x Senior Project Officers (Treforest, Llanelli and Colwyn Bay) • Project Development Co-ordinator -Treforest • Project Administrator -Llanelli • Project Administrator -Treforest • Information, Policy and Research Manager - Cardiff Full details of the roles mentioned above can be found at Kind regards Recruitment Team

Network of Excellence meetings in June 2012 South West Mid North

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14 June 15 June 19 June 22 June

Bridgend Milford Haven Machynlleth Rhyl Please note the date change for Rhyl

JISC RSC Wales Online Spring Bytes Event 21st & 22nd March JISC RSC Wales introduces its online e-Learning event, Spring Bytes. For two days in March we will deliver a series of interactive sessions directly to your desktop. No need to travel and spend time away from the office. The theme of both days is 'Mobile Technologies.' Mobile and wireless technologies can provide flexible and timely access to learning resources, instantaneous communication, portability, active learning experiences and the empowerment and engagement of learners, particularly those in dispersed communities. This event will be looking at the potential for mobile technologies, what impact these might have on learning and teaching practice, and how we support our learners in a wider context. RSC Wales have invited speakers from all aspects of post 16 education and skills who will share with you their thoughts and experiences. There are eight, 45 minute sessions planned over two days and you will be able to book onto as many, or as few, as you wish. This event is free to attend. Link to the Spring Bytes programme: To book your delegate place and select your session choices: For details of all other RSC Events: If you have any queries please contact: or ring the helpdesk on 01792 295959

Semta Talent Retention Solution to

I include a link below to the UK wide support the retention and redeployment of skills within the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector. Employees/individuals can register on the site to get direct access to employment opportunities and Employers to skilled individuals seeking job opportunities

Study Visits.

We invite you to inform your colleagues, friends and the members of your networks about this opportunity that the study visits programme provides for decisionmakers and practitioners in the field of education and training. The first round of the call for applications for the study visits 2012/13 is open now and will run until 30 March 2012. Those who are interested in taking part in study visits between September 2012 and February 2013 can apply now. All necessary information is available on our website at: cid=2&artid=7194&scid=74&artlang=EN&wt.mc_id=SVC4A2012aFP&utm_campaign=SVC4A2012aSF P

Best regards,

The study visits team

Award in Supporting Adults and Young People in Essential Skills - City and Guilds 9300 What are the qualifications about? These qualifications have been developed to help those supporting, or working as, essential skills practitioners take on more responsibility and progress in their career. Who are they for? For those who, • want to work supporting essential skills practitioners. • have experience of working in learning support under the guidance of specialist teachers. • want to develop skills and take on more responsibility at work. Level 2 Award in Supporting Adults and Young People in Essential Skills (Numeracy) Mandatory units: • Engaging adults and young people as essential skills learners • Supporting adults and young people in essential skills learning - support in the learning environment. Optional unit: • Supporting numeracy learners. Level 2 Award in Supporting Adults and Young People in Essential Skills (Literacy) Mandatory units: • Engaging adults and young people as essential skills learners • Supporting adults and young people in essential skills learning - support in the learning environment. Optional unit: • Supporting literacy learners. For courses in South Wales, contact Kerry on 01633 865663 or For courses in other parts of Wales, contact Louise on 01286 677275 or

Workers' Memorial Day and TUC Day of Action to defend health and safety - 28 April 2012 The purpose behind Workers' Memorial Day has always been to "remember the dead: fight for the living" and unions are asked to focus on both areas, by considering events or memorial to remember all those killed through work but at the same time ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated. That can best be done by building trade union organisation, and campaigning for stricter enforcement with higher penalties for breaches of health & safety laws. Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government. This year the TUC is calling on health and safety representatives, trades councils and safety campaigners to make 28th April a day of action to defend health and safety from the attacks on regulation, enforcement, cuts and refusal to tackle the massive toll that health and safety breaches take on workers. Our health and our safety is under attack like never before and we must defend it, for our sake and that of future generations.

Avoid early release offers February also saw the TUC strongly support the advice of the Pensions Regulator, Financial Services Authority and HMRC to steer clear of early release pension offers. 'With real wages falling and personal finances stretched it's understandable that some people might be tempted to trade their pension for short-term cash', said Brendan Barber. 'But anyone under the age of 55 who transfers their pension into a loan could end up a big loser'.

Pensions 23 April (3 days), Bridgend. This course provides a detailed grounding in pension schemes for union professionals involved in pension schemes. Contact: Richard Young

Freeze auto-enrolment thresholds The TUC last month urged the Government to freeze the lower thresholds in the pensions autoenrolment regime - keeping the bottom of the earnings band on which contributions have to be paid (£5,564) and the earnings level at which auto enrolment is triggered (£7,475) - at their current levels. The Government is set to introduce a new earnings trigger for auto-enrolment, following a review, which recommended that workers should only be auto-enrolled once their earnings rose above the income tax threshold (£7,475). They would still pay contributions from the bottom of the earnings band. However, the TUC argues that women would be the main losers from the new earnings trigger as the vast majority of workers with pay between the lower limit of the earnings band and the income tax threshold are women working part-time. The auto enrolment trigger should therefore be frozen, the TUC says.

Recycle and raise money for Keep Wales Tidy Can you help raise vital funds for Keep Wales Tidy by recycling old mobile phones, inkjet cartridges and laser/toner cartridges? Keep Wales Tidy will receive 50% of the recycling value for any mobile phones, £1 for each original empty inkjet cartidge or up to £5 per empty laser/toner cartridge kindly donated by you, your friends, family or colleagues How to donate your unwanted items All monies raised will help us support volunteers and community groups carry out sustainable environmental projects all over Wales. If you have unwanted mobile phones, inkjet cartridges and laser/toner cartridges you can: 1) Give your items to your local project officer. Contact details can be found here 2) Drop off any unwanted items at our offices in Cardiff, Pembroke Dock or Carernarfon. Locations can be found here 3) Order freepost envelopes and collection boxes free of charge for yourworkplace Click below

Thanks for taking the time to help us and the environment, your support is always appreciated.

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