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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Living Longer: Ageing Well
The third phase of the Welsh Government’s pioneering Strategy for Older People in Wales has been launched.
- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
- “Wales is leading the way on Sustainable Procurement” – Jane Hutt
- Living Longer: Ageing Well
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written Statement - Developing a Strategic Framework for Welsh Language Services in Health and Social Services
I would like to inform Assembly Members that I have decided to develop a Strategic Framework for Welsh language services within health and social services. The Framework confirms the Government’s commitment to strengthen Welsh language services to service users and their families.
As Chair of the Ministerial Task-group, established to strengthen Welsh language provision within both sectors, I am pleased to say that the situation is slowly improving. The two sectors are making efforts to respond to users’ language choice and to meeting their statutory requirements. However I believe that not enough is being done to consider users’ language needs as an integral part of the care planning and service delivery process.
A large number of service users are vulnerable and giving them the responsibility of asking for services through the medium of Welsh is unfair and indeed can contribute to their anxiety. It is the responsibility of the NHS and Social Services to deliver appropriate services, which of course includes meeting users’ linguistic needs. Only by doing this can they provide care that is safe and effective.
The fact that most Welsh speakers can speak English, does not change the fact that they need to receive care through the medium of Welsh, so that they can express their concerns, discuss very personal issues, or express themselves effectively. It is essential that service providers understand that for many people being able to receive services through the medium of Welsh is a care need, not just an issue of individual language choice.
Therefore I want to ensure that steps are taken by both services to ensure that language needs are mainstreamed into care plans – particularly within mental health services, learning disability services, children and older people’s services.
Although progress has been made during recent years, I am conscious that much remains to be done. It is evident that services are patchy, and all too often it is a matter of luck whether service users receive care through the medium of Welsh.
In order to tackle this, the Health Minister and I have decided to develop a Strategic Framework for Welsh language services within health and social services, which will hopefully strengthen provision and ensure effective partnership working across the two sectors. The focus for the work will be on developing front line services, in order to improve the experience of users and their families.
I am very pleased that discussions with the NHS confirmed the need for a strategy and that the Association of Directors of Social Services and the WLGA support this action.
I have therefore established a Steering Group to take this work forward and in particular to:
- develop a three year strategic framework, focusing on strengthening front line services, in order to improve users experience
- review the role of the Assembly Government in ensuring the development of Welsh language services within the two sectors
The steering group is chaired by an independent person, Mr Graham Williams, and the membership drawn from the NHS, social services, a service user, partners and academia .
I have asked the group to develop the strategic framework by early next year, with a view to implementing it from April 2012 onwards.
The framework will provide a focus for the two services to look again at how they mainstream, Welsh language considerations into care planning and service delivery on a day to day basis, in order to provide effective and safe care for Welsh speaking users.
This work is very timely in view of the requirements of the new Welsh Language Measure and the new regulatory system which will be introduced by the Welsh Language Commissioner.