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Jobs Growth Wales subsidies cut 'as market improves'

The Welsh Government has defended cuts in subsidies paid to firms under a flagship job creation scheme.

Jobs Growth Wales, which used to pay the minimum wage for any 16-to-24 year old hired, will now pay only half of that amount.

Plaid Cymru accused ministers of "ineptitude", while the Conservatives said the cuts made no sense if Welsh Labour claimed Brexit posed "grave danger" to the economy.

However, Economy Secretary Ken Skates said market conditions had improved since Jobs Growth Wales had been launched in 2012, and there were plans for a new all-ages job support scheme.

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