Penarth Daily news panics when presented with facts. Independence in doubt!!

Vale staff who have chosen to leave voluntarily are asked why. That’s good management practise.

You can see the report that’s being quoted, (but not referenced), by putting this link into your search engine.


 The comments are based on responses from only 19 of the 214 people who left between April to September 2015.

 So managers were asked, and they thought, that 42% left because of,”career development”, 26% were looking for alternative employment because of, “personal, family, or social”, reasons, and 16% because of,”working hours”.

“Nothing would entice me to stay”, is surely another way of saying, “I’ve made my mind up”.

 The report also looks at how the Vale compares with other authorities. In the public sector the average voluntary turnover rate is 11.5%. The total average labour turnover rate for public sector organisations was 14.1%.


The turnover rate for the Vale of Glamorgan Council for 2014/15 was below these comparisons with an overall turnover of 8.64%.



About Penarth Daily News

There’s nothing fair and balanced about the PDN. Look at some of the recent stories.

Vaughan Gething and Health, not a moment wasted on researching any of the counter arguments put forward by Vaughan on the Today Programme.

Cardiff Airport, no mention of the mess the Private Sector made , nearly running it into closure.

Waiting for an ambulance, nothing to do with cuts.


As usual the PDN seems to miss any of the balancing arguments put forward in the pre-amble to the BBC report about NHS waiting times on the Today programme this morning.

Waiting times in Wales were longer than in England before the Assembly was formed. Under Welsh Labour this difference has been reduced but as Nigel Edwards of the Nuffield Trust stated, ‘the whole of the UK (NHS) is having problems. You spend less and you get less’. 

The Assembly took a decision to look at the Health and Social care together.

In England the Tories decided to reduce social care spending in order to protect certain parts of the NHS, not all of it.

Vaughan Gething explained that in Wales, ‘we took a decision to look at the whole spectrum together because we recognise there is no consequence free choice that we could make given  the cuts made to our budget’.

Social Care in England is under real pressure and delayed transfers of care are going in the wrong direction. Up to 5000 at the end of August in England, down to 430 in Wales in 2015 from 800 a month in 2005.

Also   mental health in Wales has much better waiting times and outcomes than in England.

The Kings Fund report of October 2015 reports the English NHS is facing a toxic mix of financial deficit, rising waiting lists and low staff moral, with 82% of NHS organisations expected to be in deficit by the end of the financial year. 9 in 10 NHS directors believe that cuts in social care budgets are adversely effecting NHS services, and 27% of NHS Finance Directors say that caps on agency staff will affect their ability to ensure safe staffing levels.

Finally, Wales spends more per head on patients than England.

Its a pity that the Penarth Daily News is so biased in its reporting. It doesn’t take long to find this information. The only excuse I suppose is that its a Tory rag like most of the rest of the press in the UK.


Greenpeace say,

“Hinkley C fails every test – economic, consumer, and environmental. It will lock a generation of consumers into higher energy bills, via a strike price that’s nearly double the current price of electricity, and it will distort energy policy by displacing newer, cleaner, technologies that are dropping dramatically in price.

“With companies like Dong Energy now saying the price of offshore wind will drop so much it will be on par with nuclear by the 2020s, there is no rationale for allowing Hinkley C to proceed.

“Giving it the green light when there is no credible plan for dealing with the waste is also unacceptable. David Cameron has said himself that until the waste issue is sorted, no new investment is possible.  This is yet another government U-turn which is creating uncertainty for investment in both energy efficiency and renewable energy, which, despite recent headlines, remain the best long term solution for the consumer, energy security and tackling climate change.”

So why are the Tories pushing for nuclear? Maybe they’re swaying with the wind as usual. In 2010 David Cameron, who was himself previously a lobbyist for Carlton Television, was quoted as saying,

“We all know how it works: the lunches, the hospitality, the quiet word in your ear, the ex-ministers and ex-advisers for hire, helping big business … to get its way. In this party, we believe in competition, not cronyism. We believe in market economics, not crony capitalism. So we must be the party that sorts all this out.”

But during his tenure at No.10 the lobbying by big business has got even bigger, and is now a 3 billion a year gravy train.

EDF don’t have enough money and are pressing the French Government to stump up the shortfall, which they may do because the French believe in Solidarity and don’t like to see their major industries in ruins.

It’s a shame that the Tories don’t believe the same, particularly when you think of their response to the job losses in the Steel Industry on the opposite side of the Bristol Channel. Caused by, Chinese dumping of subsidised steel onto the UK market.



Andrew RT (Right Twit) Davies does the ‘simple’ sums again and gets it wrong. He accuses the Labour lead Assembly Government of wasting money when it bought Cardiff Airport.

The previous owners, ‘Abertis’, bought the airport from local councils in 2005 and by 2012 had managed to halve the passenger numbers from 2 million to 1 million a year. Numbers that were further threatened by the loss of the Swiss airline Helvetica.

Bristol Airport had risen to 6 million by in the same period.

At the time the South Wales Chamber of Commerce ‘warmly welcomed’ the sale.

Janet Jones, the Federation of Small Businesses Wales policy unit chair said,  “Increasing the number of flights and destinations would no doubt enable businesses to search for new markets and boost their trade internationally,” and the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru also welcomed the purchase.

The Welsh CBI were in favour .“To compete on the world stage, Wales needs world class infrastructure and a key part of that is a modern and effective international airport,” said director Emma Watkins.

“Welsh business needs a dynamic and thriving airport that can drive investment and deliver growth.”

Andrew RT(Right Twit) Davies, as a Tory, can’t see over the top of his own wallet.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said of the BBC reporting: “The BBC has taken a single set of figures from an 80 page report to wrongly suggest that the Welsh Government paid more than it needed in acquiring the airport. This is entirely selective and misleading. KPMG modelled a range of scenarios during the due diligence process. The resulting valuations varied greatly depending on the cost of capital applied to the calculations.

“After taking further professional advice including a public asset valuation from Arup, the Welsh Government concluded that a valuation of around £55 million would be reasonable from a commercial perspective. The public asset valuation of £472 million also justified the price paid on public value for money grounds.

“We do not anticipate the Wales Audit Office will challenge this approach when it is published.”