Physical (in)activity – is it time to get Welsh children moving?

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Many of us are aware of the importance of exercise and encouraging our children to be more active too. But what exactly are the potential benefits of physical activity in childhood? How much are children exercising in Wales today, and how much should they be physically active to stay healthy?

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Giving due regard? How serious is the Welsh Government taking its responsibilities under the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

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Children and young people up to the age of 18 have a range of rights set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), including rights to protection, health, family, education, culture and leisure (see summary of articles (PDF 73.8KB)).

The Convention guides what governments, public authorities and adults must do to enable children to enjoy all their rights. The UK ratified the Convention in 1991 and the National Assembly for Wales unanimously adopted the Convention as the basis of policy making for children in January 2004.

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What does the EU (Withdrawal) Bill mean for Wales and devolution?

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On 13 July 2017, the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the UK Parliament. The Bill – which was formerly referred to as the Great Repeal Bill or Repeal Bill – aims to make the changes the UK Government considers necessary to law in the UK in preparation for the UK’s exit from the EU.

The White Paper leading to the Bill, Legislating for the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union, was published on 30 March 2017. You can read more about it in our blog.

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Welsh Government First Supplementary Budget 2017-18

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The Assembly will be debating the Welsh Government’s First Supplementary Budget 2017-18 in Plenary on 18 July. This blog article sets out background information on the supplementary budget, and the work of the Assembly’s Finance Committee to scrutinise the allocations made in it.

The Finance Committee took oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government on the changes in the supplementary budget, and has produced a report that was laid before the Assembly on 14 July.

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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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