Nick Servini

Nick Servini Political editor, Wales

My take on what’s happening in Welsh politics and how it affects your life

The cost of redundancy

24 July 2014

We know that councils are shedding staff but we now know how much it is costing.

Figures obtained by BBC Wales show the redundancy bills for the 22 local authorities were more than £30m in the past financial year.

That's a rise of 78%. Over the past three years the redundancy bill is nearly £80m.

But in a way it's not a surprise because more people are being made redundant.

We've contacted all 22 councils, so far half have come back and they say their head counts have been reduced by around 1,500.

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M4 relief road: brave or reckless?

18 July 2014

I've been covering the political fallout from the announcement late on Wednesday afternoon, by the Transport Minister Edwina Hart, that a £1bn relief road is going to be built south of Newport, and what is clear is how polarised opinion is.

There are those, led by Plaid Cymru, who have called it reckless, while there are those, led by the CBI, who are delighted.

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What does Welsh Secretary David Jones's departure mean?

14 July 2014

One immediate question that springs to mind is what does David Jones' departure mean for relations between the Welsh and UK governments?

There was always going to be tension, after all one side is Labour and the other Conservative at a time when David Cameron has called Offa's Dyke "the line between life and death".

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Welsh Secretary David Jones out after cabinet reshuffle

14 July 2014

David Jones pulled no punches when it came to the performance of the Welsh government...

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Williams Commission: not just lines on the map

11 July 2014

It often comes up that I, and my colleagues in the media, are obsessed about lines on the map when it comes to reform of the public sector.

What they mean by that is local government reorganisation.

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'Yes Minister' - the importance of civil servants

10 July 2014

There have been some fascinating elements to the Alun Davies story.

For a start it revealed the importance of ministers getting on with their civil servants.

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Joining forces: Local councils urged to merge

7 July 2014

It's another significant week for council re-organisation before assembly members disappear for their summer holidays.

The Welsh government gives its official response to the Williams Commission which recommended that the existing 22 local authorities should be reduced by around half through a series of mergers.

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The minister, the email account, and the racetrack

3 July 2014
Alun Davies and Carwyn Jones
Code breached - but no sacking for Alun Davies by the first minister

I'm told Carwyn Jones had to think hard about his decision not to sack his environment minister Alun Davies for breaking the ministerial code.

That would suggest it could have gone either way.

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Groundhog day on Valleys rail plans

30 June 2014

I'm sure Jane Hutt would say she has had better starts to her working week than listening to the Welsh Secretary David Jones address hundreds of planning experts at a conference in Cardiff.

But Wales' finance minister was in the audience when Mr Jones started calling on her government to adopt the kind of reforms of the planning system that have been introduced in England.

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About Nick

Nick became political editor after a six-year stint as the business correspondent, during which he covered the full impact of the recession and the financial crisis in Wales.

Born in Aberdare, Nick studied philosophy at Southampton University before training as a newspaper reporter. He worked at the South Wales Echo and the Welsh Mirror.

He joined the BBC in 2001 and worked in the radio newsroom in London before moving to Cardiff and reporting extensively for the Good Morning Wales programme on Radio Wales.

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