Nick Servini

Nick Servini Political editor, Wales

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

The pub test

The big question now is whether the Independent Remuneration Board will listen to any of the concerns expressed so far about the proposed 18% pay rise for assembly members after 2016.

The clue is in the title. It's an independent body so it is not obliged to listen to the concerns before it makes its final recommendation next year.

The same process is happening at Westminster where the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has recommended an 11% rise to take the basic salary of an MP to £74,000.

The party leaders at Westminster have criticised the award but IPSA doesn't appear to be listening, and the same thing could happen in Cardiff.

The first minister, speaking in his capacity as leader of the Labour group at the assembly, said he couldn't see how his party's AMs could support the proposals.

Read full article The pub test

Fly on the wall over pay

It's not often I say this but I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the party group meetings at the Assembly on Tuesday morning.

That will be the first chance for AMs to discuss the recommendation of the independent remuneration board to give them a £10,000 rise in basic pay.

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Pandora's box on pay?

The Welsh government has been given a baptism of fire in settling pay disputes.

It's never really had to do it before.

Read full article Pandora's box on pay?

Importance of certain key people in Welsh health service

We were given an interesting glimpse into the NHS, and the importance of some individuals within it, during this week's First Minister's Questions.

Carwyn Jones was asked about urology cancer patients treated by the Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board. This covers prostate, kidney and bladder cancer.

Read full article Importance of certain key people in Welsh health service

Sealing the split

With the exception of public health, there aren't many Welsh government promotional campaigns more important than the one launched this week about Wales-only GCSEs.

There will inevitably be concern among parents that an education system which has performed so poorly in the Pisa international league tables is now going down the route of having its own bespoke GCSEs.

Read full article Sealing the split

Third time lucky for Objective One funding in Wales

You'd like to think that the officials and politicians overseeing Wales' third round of EU funding will have learnt enough by now to really make the money count.

I was a newspaper reporter in Wales back in the late 1990s when there was a lot of talk about Objective One funding and a lot of talk about transforming the Welsh economy as a result.

Read full article Third time lucky for Objective One funding in Wales

Killer lines and £20 notes 

Plaid conferences are usually pretty upbeat affairs but there's no doubt that members feel energised by the events in Scotland.

After all, the Welsh nationalists have never come together so soon after Scottish nationalists came so close to independence.

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Plaid Cymru's Lord Wigley condemns 'chronic underfunding'

Plaid conferences are usually pretty upbeat affairs but there's no doubt that members feel energised by the events in Scotland.

After all, the Welsh nationalists have never come together so soon after Scottish nationalists came so close to independence.

Read full article Plaid Cymru's Lord Wigley condemns 'chronic underfunding'

Where does the truth lie?

Another day, and another tit for tat between the Daily Mail and the Welsh government.

In my earlier blog I didn't go into the heart of some of the claims, but the most sensitive revolve around cancer treatment and cross-border services.

Read full article Where does the truth lie?

Normal service resumes

Even by the high-profile standards of some of the articles criticising the state of public services in Wales over the past year, the Daily Mail's blistering attack on the Welsh NHS seems to have gone up a notch.

What we've seen since is an operation by the Welsh government to deal with the main accusations.

Read full article Normal service resumes

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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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