Cardiff Council Update: 04 March 2022

Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering: Cardiff case of bird flu is confirmed after goose found dead; women closing the pay gap on men at Cardiff Council; vaccination totals for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan; Cardiff's case and test numbers; andCardiff Council plans to create Wales' first Youth Zone.


Cardiff case of bird flu is confirmed after goose found dead

Wildlife experts at Cardiff Council have asked the public to avoid touching or feeding birds at Roath Park Lake after a goose was found to have died of avian flu.

The body of a greylag goose was handed in to park wardens on February 24 and tests this week confirmed the H5N1 virus. A further six bird carcasses from the park were handed in this week and staff believe the same strain of flu is to blame.

Avian influenza is not unusual and is most common during the winter when it can be passed on by migrating birds arriving in the UK. It spreads from bird to bird by direct contact or through contaminated body fluids and faeces. It can also be spread by contaminated feed and water, or by dirty vehicles, clothing and footwear.  

It mainly affects birds and is very uncommon for the virus to be passed from birds to humans, or other mammals. The risk to public health is very low but as a precautionary measure the Council is asking all members of the public not to hand-feed birds at any of its parks or country parks.

Last month, a swan found dead at the Knap Lake in Barry tested positive for avian flu and more than a dozen other carcasses have been reported.

If you find a dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) on 03459 33 55 77. 

Any visibly sick birds should also be reported via this number and must not be touched or handled. 


Women closing the pay gap on men at Cardiff Council

Women employed by Cardiff Council are closing the gender pay gap on their male counterparts, according to the authority's latest pay policy report.

For the first time, the average hourly rate paid to women workers was higher than that paid to men (£15.83-£15.33). This was an improvement on the previous year (£13.68-£14.04), but the median rate (the middle mark of all the salary bands paid to staff) is still higher for men (£14.11-£13.21).

The report - seen as key to the Council's commitment to equal pay - suggests that the improvement reflects:


  • A reduction in the number of women employed at the lower grades,
  • An increase in allowances paid, in particular for posts that are mainly occupied by women, like social workers, and
  • Fewer women taking advantage of salary sacrifice schemes (e.g. purchasing additional annual leave)


Cllr Chris Weaver, the Cabinet Member for Finance, Modernisation and Performance, welcomed the report. "We firmly believe that all our employees should be rewarded fairly and without discrimination for the work that they do," he said.

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Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Vaccination Status Update - 01 March

Data provided by CAVUHB

Based on the figures available at the time of publication.

Please note that there may be minor amendments to data as it is validated over time.

The total number of vaccination doses given by the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board so far, in both local authority areas:  1,084,098 (1stDose: 402,727 2ndDose: 377,332 3rdDose: 8,251 Boosters: 295,687)

Cohort Data - Last updated: 24 February 2022


  • 80 and over: 22,124 / 95% (1stDose) 21,968 / 94.3% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 20,871 / 95% (Booster)
  • 75-79: 16,760 / 96.5% (1stDose) 16,647 / 95.9% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 15,875 / 95.4% (Booster)
  • 70-74: 21,139 / 95.9% (1stDose) 21,011 / 95.3% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 20,333 / 95.3% (Booster)
  • 65-69: 22,730 / 94.2% (1stDose) 22,496 / 93.2% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 21,177 / 94.1% (Booster)
  • 60-64: 27,019 / 92.2% (1stDose) 26,660 / 91% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 24,751 / 92.8% (Booster)
  • 55-59: 29,709 / 90.3% (1stDose) 29,245 / 88.9% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 26,800 / 91.6% (Booster)
  • 50-54: 29,055 / 88% (1stDose) 28,451 / 86.1% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 25,391 / 89.2% (Booster)
  • 40-49: 56,605 / 81.9% (1stDose) 54,848 / 79.4% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 45,863 / 83.6% (Booster)
  • 30-39: 63,391 / 77.2% (1stDose) 59,850 / 72.9% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 43,740 / 73.1% (Booster)
  • 18-29: 83,820 / 79.5% (1stDose) 75,676 / 71.7% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 47,605 / 62.9% (Booster)
  • 16-17: 4,047 / 71.3% (1stDose) 3,046 / 53.7% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 72 / 2.4% (Booster)
  • 13-15: 14,098 / 57.9% (1stDose) 8,684 / 35.7% (2nd& 3rd*Dose)


  • Care home residents: 1,999 / 98.6% (1stDose) 1,982 / 97.7% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 1,830 / 92.3% (Booster)
  • Care Home Workers: 3,703 / 99.1% (1stDose) 3,651 / 97.7% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 2,930 / 80.3% (Booster)
  • Healthcare Workers: 27,157 / 98.2% (1stDose) 26,894 / 97.3% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 24,245 / 90.2% (Booster)
  • Social Care Workers**: 8,207 / 82.7% (Booster)
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable: 10,775 / 94.7% (1stDose) 10,617 / 93.3% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 8,190 / 77.1% (Booster)
  • Underlying Health Conditions: 46,342 / 90.8% (1stDose) 45,040 / 88.3% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 38,305 / 85% (Booster)
  • Underlying Health Conditions (12-15): 676 / 64.9% (1stDose) 490 / 47% (2nd& 3rd*Dose) 59 / 12% (Booster)
  • Underlying Health Conditions (5-11): 506 / 37.2% (1stDose)

*Those who have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses, with the exception of those who are severely immunosuppressed who are recommended three doses

**Data taken from an alternative source


Cardiff Cases and Tests - 7 Days Data (21 February - 27 February 2022)

Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales

Data correct as of:

03 March 2022


Cases: 728

Cases per 100,000 population: 198.4 (Wales: 159.6 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 2,766

Testing per 100,000 population: 753.9

Positive proportion: 26.3% (Wales: 21.5% positive proportion)


COVID-19 Cases reported in Cardiff's schools in the last week

Total number reported = 175

  • Pupils and students = 152
  • Staff, including teaching staff = 23

Based on latest figures, there are just under 56,000 pupils and students enrolled at Cardiff's schools in total.

The total number of Cardiff schools staff, not including casual staff, is just over 7,300.


Cardiff Council plans to create Wales' first Youth Zone

Cardiff Council is planning to create Wales' first Youth Zone in Ely as part of exciting new plans for youth services in the city.

Youth Zones - purpose-built, state-of-the-art hubs offering youngsters affordable access to a wide range of sports, cultural and leisure activities - are already proving popular at 14 locations across England.

They are set up initially through the OnSide charity, using a mixture of donations alongside government and local authority grants. Once they are up and running, responsibility for them is passed on to newly-created local charities.

Entry fees at an average Youth Zone cost around 50 pence a day and a typical centre can give young people the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of facilities including:

  • A music room, complete with instruments and recording equipment
  • A state-of-the-art gym and sports hall
  • An all-weather football pitch
  • A climbing wall, and
  • A fully-equipped kitchen

Cllr Sarah Merry, Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said: "The Youth Zone concept looks like an exciting opportunity which we are keen to explore in detail. We already have fantastic youth services in Cardiff, which rightly won praise in a recent Estyn report, but we are always looking for opportunities to improve and expand provision. This is a really interesting proposal which dovetails with our UNICEF Child-Friendly City work."

Cllr Lynda Thorne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added: "The Youth Zones we've looked at have been a great success, offering fantastic facilities and activities for young people. They encourage local ownership and a sense of pride and have been seen as a positive force for good in communities. I'm looking forward to learning more about the positive impact they are having on communities and on how we can make it work for Cardiff."

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