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Welsh Government news-in-brief

Created on 10/12/2017 @ 09:53
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A round-up of the past week’s news from the halls of power in Cardiff

Support for the opt-out system of organ donation in Wales is high, says new report

Support for the new organ donation system in Wales is high, according to the Impact Evaluation of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said: “I welcome the findings in the Impact Evaluation and I’m pleased that there are improvements we can celebrate after such a short period. I congratulate the healthcare professionals involved making this a success however, none of what we have achieved would have been possible without the support of the Welsh population.”

Successful summer for Wales’ tourism industry

Figures published this week indicate that 2017 has been another successful year for the tourism industry in Wales.

Tourism Minister, Dafydd Elis-Thomas said: “I’m delighted to take on the Tourism portfolio at a time when indications are very positive for 2017. In coming to the role I do not underestimate the extremely competitive market place we operate in but tourism in Wales is in a strong position, and these figures give a positive snapshot of how the industry has been performing.”

Abolishing the Right to Buy to become law

The Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill was given final approval by the National Assembly for Wales meaning it can now go forward for Royal Assent.

Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans said: “I am delighted the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights Bill has passed its final stage and can now go forward for Royal Assent. Ending the Right to Buy ensures we safeguard the investment made in social housing over many generations, for Welsh families now and in the future.”

Environment Minister announces ambitious plans to improve air quality

Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn has emphasised the Welsh Government’s determination to take a lead on tackling air pollution by announcing four measures aimed at improving air quality in Wales.    

Hannah Blythyn said: “The actions that I have set out today demonstrate our determination for Wales to be a leader in delivering innovative and effective solutions to tackle air pollution, achieving clean air for all.”

People in residential care to keep even more of their money

The amount of money people in Wales can keep when in residential care will increase from £30,000 to £40,000 from April 2018, Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies has confirmed.

Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies said: “We promised to more than double the capital people can keep when in residential care – freeing up more of people’s money for them to use as they wish.

“We are now well on our way to delivering that pledge to the people of Wales. We know that well over 400 people are already benefiting from the increase in the limit, and we expect this to rise substantially when the limit is increased to £50,000.”

Plans for 19 new health and care centres across Wales announced by Vaughan Gething

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced plans to deliver nineteen new integrated health and care centres across Wales by 2021.

Vaughan Gething said: “People in the 21st Century expect to be treated in modern, advanced health care centres that deliver a wide range of services all under one roof. We agree and by targeting investment in this way it is hoped that opportunities for delivering service change can be delivered upon. 

“We’re funding the future of healthcare in Wales and the pipeline of projects I’m announcing today will make a significant difference to the care people receive closer to home in their communities.”

43% of Wales’ electricity through renewables in 2016

Wales is making good progress towards its ambitious targets for clean energy as a new report reveals 43% of the country’s electricity consumption in 2016 came from renewable energy – up from 32% the previous year.

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths said: “2016 was quite a year for energy here. We generated enough renewable energy to provide 43 per cent of the electricity we used. Flintshire already hosts the biggest solar project in the UK and now we have Pen y Cymoedd, the largest wind project in England and Wales.

“By using our abundant natural resources in a sustainable way, we can ensure energy continues its important role in achieving our energy and decarbonisation targets.  By doing so, we will deliver a prosperous and low carbon Wales.”

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