Gambling addiction – a public health issue?

This article was originally published on 29 March 2017. It is being reposted ahead of the Short Debate on Problem gambling on 19 July 2017.

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Gambling is an activity that a lot of people in the UK engage in, and while many may enjoy it responsibly, some people develop an addiction, also referred to as problem gambling. According to an October 2016 report by the Gambling Commission 1.1 per cent of people in Wales can be identified as problem gamblers. A recent report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) provides an in-depth analysis of data for Great Britain as a whole and suggests that problem gambling constitutes costs to government of between £260 million and £1.16 billion per year, of which the costs for Wales are estimated to be between £40 million and £70 million a year.

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Reshaping employability support: a new employability delivery plan

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Reshaping employability support

Julie James, Minister for Skills and Science, is due to make an oral Statement on Employability on Tuesday 11 July 2017. The Welsh Government’s Programme for Government, Taking Wales Forward, includes a commitment to reshape employability support for job ready individuals and for those furthest away from the labour market.

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Warm Homes for Wales

This article was originally published on 30 March 2017. It is being reposted ahead of the Individual Members’ Debate on home energy efficiency and fuel poverty in Plenary on 28 June 2017.

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With a number of the big energy suppliers announcing rises in the cost of electricity and gas in recent weeks, fuel poverty is back in the headlines. While the Welsh Government cannot influence the cost of energy or make people switch suppliers, it can, and does, deliver programmes that seek to improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel poverty and tackle climate change.

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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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Do you work or study in the post-16 education and training sector: with a university, a further education college or a training provider?

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Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education, is due to make a statement about the recommendations of the Hazelkorn report in Plenary on Tuesday: Plenary Agenda: Tuesday 31st January 2017.

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