Thursday, January 27, 2022

Tag: Mark Drakeford

Questions of over-caution in Wales and Northern Ireland

Mark Drakeford contemplating Wales Easter reopening
The Welsh hospitality sector has welcomed news that countrywide restrictions introduced last month by First Minister Mark Drakeford are to be lifted by the end of this month

Dis-United Kingdom unveils the longest road to freedom

Boris Johnson Freedom Day
If there’s one thing that unites this Kingdom, it’s the fact that it’s anything but United. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all opted for freedom day, but not on the same day as one another. The relaxation of Covid restrictions will come into effect on July 19, July 26, August 7 and August 9 across the four countries of the UK, leaving an uneven and unequal roadmap to recovery. Welcome to the new normal.

Welsh government offers support for hospitality and leisure supply chain businesses

Welsh government offers support for hospitality and leisure supply chain businesses
After being left to fend for themselves under pandemic conditions for more than a year, eligible supply chain businesses in Wales will receive up to £25k from the newly re-elected government in its latest support package.

Welsh funfairs get 26 April green light

Welsh Funfairs reopening
Welsh funfairs and theme parks are to reopen as of 26 April, following the latest guidance from first minister Mark Drakeford, delivered on 1 April.

Wales may open in time for Easter, hints Drakeford

Mark Drakeford contemplating Wales Easter reopening
The Welsh government has confirmed that it is contemplating reopening its economy in time for the Easter holiday. In an interview with BBC Breakfast earlier this week..

Bacta to government: Just give us a timeline

Bacta to Government Just give us a timeline seaside amusement closed
With the UK’s vaccine programme now in full-swing, Bacta’s chief executive John White has argued that the government should treat amusement stakeholders “like grown ups” - by giving them some idea when they might expect to welcome back customers.

The moment Wales went mad: Pubs no longer permitted to sell booze

Mark Drakeford Wales lockdown Pubs
Pubs and restaurants are prohibited from selling alcohol under new Covid-19 legislation in Wales, as the country also forces its leisure venues to shutter altogether.

UK high street recovery stalls as new measures take hold

UK High Street Recovery
New figures reveal that the UK high street’s promising post-lockdown recovery has stalled, with the union Usdaw now calling on the government to “implement meaningful action.”

Llandudno Pier faces “mass redundancies” due to travel limit

Llandudno Pier faces redundancies
Tir Prince Leisure Group owner Adam Williams has warned that the Welsh Government’s five mile travel restriction could pose a threat to both the staff and the future of Llandudno Pier.

Drakeford sets out further plans for Welsh relief

Coinslot - Mark Drakeford Welsh relief Business Rates
As the debate around English business rates continues to rage, Mark Drakeford, cabinet secretary for finance and local government in the Welsh Assembly, lays out the country’s plans for high street business rate relief.   On 17 December 2016, as part of the final Budget, the Welsh Government announced an extra £10m to support high street retailers. I am today setting out...