The Welsh third sector: an independent force or ‘just another branch of government’?

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The jigsaw puzzle of funding for the Welsh third sector is complex: around 31% of its income comes from public funds, 21% from public giving, and 39% from trading and investments. This means that Welsh third sector bodies are reliant on a range of relationships with the public, with businesses and with national, regional and local governments to sustain its activities, many of which are delivering services for, or in the absence of, the public sector.

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The Welsh Government’s proposals for new laws

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On Tuesday the Welsh Government will set out its Legislative Programme for the next 12 months. The Programme will set out the list of bills or new laws the Welsh Government intends to lay before the Assembly for consideration. It sets out the Government’s priorities for legislation and demonstrates how it intends to deliver on its Programme for Government commitments.

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Brexit, agriculture and rural life in Wales: Assembly Committee publishes report

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This article was originally published on 28 March 2017. It is being reposted ahead of the Plenary debate on 28 June 2017.

Following the result of the EU referendum, the Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee launched an inquiry into the Future of Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in Wales.

The Committee gathered a wealth of evidence over the six months of the inquiry hearing from, amongst others, farming unions, academics, environmentalists, foresters, LEADER representatives, the tourism industry and the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs. This included a stakeholder workshop, oral evidence sessions, written evidence and an on-line dialogue.

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Decarbonising the public sector in Wales – what next?

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On 27th June, there will be a Welsh Government plenary debate on Public Sector Decarbonisation. According to the latest statistics, published on the Welsh Government website at the end of May, the public sector was responsible for 0.71% of total emissions in Wales in 2014. Business accounted for 64.67%, transport for 12.77%, agriculture for 12.77%, the residential sector for 7.83% and waste 2.13%. Emissions from the public sector have been decreasing over time, and are currently at their lowest level since the 1990 baseline. Welsh Government attributes this decrease to improved energy efficiency measures, and a switch from more carbon intensive fuels (like coal and oil) to natural gas.

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