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WCVA Newsletter – 13th July


WCVA Policy and
Public Affairs Digest

Thursday 13 July 2017


The Bits and Bobs Edition
As we edge towards summer recess, there’s still a lot of news coming out of the Assembly, from funding for community facilities to a request to submit your own ideas for new taxes for Wales.

And over at UK Government, there was a mini-reshuffle that saw the appointment or redeployment of a handful of Welsh MPs. Speaking of MPs, we’ve now released a briefing paper on the recent General Election, highlighting where MPs interests may intersect with the sector’s.

We’ll see you in a fortnight and then, like the Assembly, the Digest will also be taking the summer off.
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News from Welsh Government


The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, has announced £3.7 million to improve community facilities through the Community Facilities Programme. 13 projects will benefit.

Carl Sargeant has also announced a group to provide advice on the lessons learned from the Grenfell Tower tragedy. This group includes WCVA Chief Executive Ruth Marks, WLGA Chief Executive Steve Thomas and Community Housing Cymru Chief Executive, Stuart Ropke.

The public and organisations have been asked to submit ideas for new taxes in devolved areas to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government.



From the committees


The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee took evidence into poverty in Wales – making the economy work for people on low incomes. Lindsey Kearton of Citizens Advice Cymru noted the importance of ensuring more people are aware of their employment rights. Professor Caroline Lloyd commented that more could be done with the large employers in Wales that Welsh Government has a degree of control over, noting the varying rates of take-up of the Living Wage by educational institutions.



Brexit news


The UK Government has published the Repeal Bill. Debate on the Bill is not expected until autumn.

The Presiding Officer, Elin Jones, has called for UK Parliaments to come together and discuss how to work more closely in the light of Brexit.

The National Assembly has published its fortnightly Brexit update.

Keep an eye on our Brexit Watch web page for more developments.

From UK Parliament


Jeremy Corbyn has conducted a minor reshuffle of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet and four Welsh MPs have been appointed or moved: Nick Thomas-Symonds moves to home affairs; Gerald Jones moves to defence; Chris Ruane joins the Wales team; Carolyn Harris is appointed to the women and equalities portfolio.



The Third Sector Scheme


The Third Sector Scheme sets out how Welsh Government and the third sector work together and communicate. Sector networks meet biannually with each Cabinet Secretary and Minister, while the Third Sector Partnership Council looks at cross-cutting sector issues and is chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children. Find out more here.


Third sector representatives met with the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport and the Minister for Social Services and Public Health. They discussed social prescribing, with the Minister expressing concern that the third sector is not always fully involved in the planning of social prescribing projects, and Social Value Forums, which the Minister agreed to underline the importance of at a meeting with Regional Partnership Board leads.





Public sector decarbonisation: How can the public sector be made neutral by 2030?

Services fit for the future: How to more greatly involve the citizen in health and social care planning.


Highlights from the Senedd


A Conservative debate on regeneration noted challenges facing mid Wales, including lack of land for business expansion and the need for improvements to broadband. The City Deals were held up as a way of ensuring regeneration fits into regional growth.

A debate on a Young Carers Bill was brought by Bethan Jenkins of Plaid Cymru, She called on Welsh Government to ensure that professionals, in education and healthcare, are equipped to help young carers where possible and understand their needs. The Bill was welcomed by the Conservatives and UKIP. The Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, noted that a portion of the £1 million funding for the NHS, local authorities and the third sector to work in partnership was ringfenced for young carers, and that young carers are now part of the remit of the Integrated Care Fund.



Publications and comment


Reports and blogs from around Wales


WCVA has published a briefing on the recent UK General Election, highlighting Welsh MPs and where there interests may intersect with the third sector’s.

Macmillan Cymru Wales has published a blog on whether health and social care can ever be truly integrated.

The Bevan Foundation has looked at what new Welsh taxes could be and what they might mean for Wales.

Public Health Wales has published its social prescribing evidence map, looking at research evidence and evidence from experience.

Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE) have blogged on how they plan to leave a legacy once Communities First has been phased out.



Dates for your diary


National Eisteddfod
4-12 August, Anglesey
WCVA will be at this year’s Eisteddfod – details of what will be happening at our stand will be available soon.
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