On 6 April, the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee will hold a one day inquiry into human rights in Wales. It will specifically look at the impact of Brexit, the UK Bill of Rights and public perceptions of human rights.
Perinatal Mental Health
The National Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee has agreed its first inquiry as part of its programme of work on the First 1,000 days of a child’s life. The Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry on perinatal mental health, informed by the Committee’s pre-consultation evidence.
Perinatal Mental Health refers to the period from the start of pregnancy to the end of the first year after the baby is born. Perinatal mental health is about the emotional well-being of pregnant women and their child, their partner and families.
The world is potentially on the brink of a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) of technological advances that may bring science fiction to reality over the coming decades. On 5 April the Assembly will be debating the challenges and opportunities that Wales might face as a result of the 4IR, and how Wales should respond to these.
The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill was introduced on 12 December 2016 by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies.
The Welsh Government is unequivocal about the need for change. It describes the Bill as a ‘complete overhaul’ of a system ‘no longer fit for purpose’.
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.