Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales Interim Report

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Following the 2016 National Assembly for Wales’ elections, the First Minister made a commitment to establish an expert panel who would undertake a Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales. The expert panel, led by former Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Ruth Hussey was established in March 2017, tasked with submitting a final report and recommendations by the end of 2017. In July 2017 the Parliamentary Review published its interim report, which will be debated by Assembly Members in plenary on Wednesday 20 September 2017.

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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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Debate on Committee report on the Education Improvement Grant and Gypsy Traveller and Minority Education

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On 3 May, Assembly Members will debate the Children Young People and Education Committee’s report on its Inquiry into the Education Improvement Grant: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller and Minority Ethnic Children [PDF 739KB] which was published on 21 February 2017. The inquiry focussed on the educational outcomes of these groups of learners and considered:

  • How local authorities’ use of the funding to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, and Minority Ethnic learners is monitored;
  • The effectiveness of other policies and strategies for supporting these groups; and
  • Key issues arising from amalgamating the other separate grants into the EIG.

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Debate on the Final Police Settlement 2017-18

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Policing policy is not devolved to Wales; however, the Welsh Government delivers an element of the annual funding as part of a three-way system that also involves the Home Office and council tax. Police forces also have access to special and specific grants and other income sources.

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Final local government settlement 2017-18 published

21 December 2016

Article by Martin Jennings and David Millett, National Assembly for Wales Research Service

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Following the Welsh Government Final Budget for 2017-18 (released on Tuesday 20 December 2016) the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government has today published the Final Local Government Settlement 2017-18, this outlines funding for each of Wales’ twenty-two local authorities.

The total settlement is £4.113 billion, which is an increase of £10 million (0.2%) when compared to the Final Settlement in 2016-17. This is the first increase in the local government settlement since 2013-14.

The provisional settlement includes increases and decreases in funding for different local authorities. The largest increase is 1.1% in Gwynedd and the largest decrease is -0.5% for three local authorities (Wrexham, Powys and Merthyr Tydfil).

The full breakdown of percentage change in funding by local authority is outlined in the below infographic.

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This year no authority will experience a decrease more than -0.5%. Of the three authorities where the funding change equates to -0.5%, two have received top-up funding totalling £1.6 million to ensure they do not experience a reduction beyond -0.5%, allocated as below:

  • Powys – £1,237,000
  • Merthyr Tydfil – £391,000

General Capital Funding for local authorities in 2017-18 is £143 million.

The Cabinet Secretary’s letter to local authorities, the Local Government Finance Report 2017-18 and the Local Government Revenue and Capital Settlement 2017-18: All Wales – Tables, can be found on the Welsh Government website.