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Welsh Government news-in-brief

Created on 06/04/2018 @ 17:27
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A round-up of the last week's from the Welsh Government. 

Wales a key partner in pioneering EU funded community energy scheme

A €5.4m EU-backed initiative to help drive forward local community energy schemes with partners from across North West Europe has been announced by Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford.

The Green Valleys, a community interest company based in the Brecon Beacons, is a key project partner in the ECCO project which aims to create five new community owned energy schemes in Wales by 2020.

Professor Drakeford said: “This project will bring together expertise from across Europe, sharing the same opportunities, challenges and resources. I’m delighted to see EU funding supporting this collaboration to help develop a strong and sustainable community energy sector in Wales.”

Connect with Carwyn in Llanelli

First Minister Carwyn Jones is inviting people in Llanelli to a question and answer session with him on Thursday 19 April 2018.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “I am pleased to announce the next session will take place in Llanelli. I would like to see as many people as possible at the Selwyn Samuel Centre, so if you have a question for me, want to raise issues affecting your community or have a great idea that would make your home town a better place to live, please come along.”

More than £4m to promote and facilitate the use of Welsh

£4.2m has been awarded to 77 organisations to promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language by the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan.

Announcing the funding, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan said: “These grants recognise the contribution of these organisations to the future well-being of the language and will support the excellent work they do in promoting Welsh as a living, vibrant language.”

New requirements to ensure care workers are treated fairly come into force

New requirements to ensure care staff who look after people in their own homes are treated fairly and people receiving care experience the best possible services came into force on Monday, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies said: “The new regulations coming into force today are designed to support continued improvement in the care sector in Wales. They offer staff in the social care sector a fairer deal and help to safeguard the quality of care and support which people receive in their own homes.”

Economy Secretary on Gold Coast to support and promote Wales

Economy Secretary Ken Skates has been on the Gold Coast this week, supporting Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games and promoting Wales as an excellent place to visit and do business.

Ken Skates said: “This is a magnificent opportunity for Wales and our 223 athletes who, with the support of Commonwealth Games Wales and Sport Wales have worked so hard to be here, and I am proud to be cheering on team Wales as they test themselves against the very best in the world.

“The Gold Coast Games, and the new Qatar Airways flights between Cardiff and Doha which kick off next month, provide us with an excellent opportunity to further build our links with the Middle East, Asia and Australasia -  and of course, these links are  more important than ever as we prepare to leave the EU.”

Finance Secretary proposes changes to improve collection of business rates in Wales

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has launched a 12-week consultation about measures to improve the collection of non-domestic rates across Wales.

Professor Drakeford said: “I am pleased to publish a consultation about a range of ideas which could help to address the avoidance of non-domestic rates. I am keen to hear the views of ratepayers, industry representatives and local authorities, about how we can make our non-domestic rates system more effective, fairer and less vulnerable to misuse.”

111 service to be rolled-out nationally

An NHS non-emergency helpline will be rolled out nationally, the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced.

Vaughan Gething said: “I am pleased to announce that following the success of the 111 pilot we will be rolling out the service nationally over the next 3 years. 

“I’m very encouraged to see evaluation which suggests a link between 111 and a decrease in ambulance conveyance. It is also clear from feedback that this service has been valuable in supporting patients and helping the NHS to treat patients with urgent care needs more effectively.”

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