Rights of disabled people: how the UN Committee’s findings relate to Wales

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In August a UN committee examined the UK on its implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Committee Member and UK rapporteur Stig Langvad described the UK’s examination as ‘the most challenging exercise in the history of the Committee’, and the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission called it a “damning assessment by UN experts of the failure to protect disabled people’s rights across many areas of life in the UK”.

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Tackling medical recruitment issues in Wales

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Any healthcare system relies on having enough well-trained, skilled and motivated staff and NHS Wales is no exception. Doctors are a key part of our local health services, but concerns about the recruitment, retention and sustainability of the medical workforce are well publicised. In the first half of 2017, the Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee undertook an inquiry into the recruitment and retention of medical staff in Wales. The Committee’s report following the inquiry will be discussed in Plenary on 20 September.

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What does the EU Withdrawal Bill mean for devolution? A visual guide.

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On 13 July 2017 the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the House of Commons. One of the elements of the Bill that has caused greatest debate since its publication is the impact the Bill will have on the devolved settlements. Differences have emerged in the views as to where powers over areas such as agriculture and fisheries should ‘return’ to after the UK exits the EU. The First Ministers’ of Wales and Scotland have described the Bill as a ‘naked power-grab’ whilst the UK Government has outlined their view that the Bill maintains ‘the​ ​current​ ​decision making​ ​powers​ ​of​ ​the​ ​devolved​ ​institutions’.

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New Publication: The food and drink industry in Wales

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This briefing provides an overview of the food and drink industry in Wales, including key facts about the economic importance of the sector, and targets for its growth. It details Welsh Government strategy for the industry, outlines recent progress on delivering the strategy, and highlights areas likely to be affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union. It also outlines support available for businesses in the food and drink industry.

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