Cross Compliance Proposals for 2015 »The new arrangements will ensure that farmers continue to generate high quality food whilst protecting Wales’ valued resources and spectacular natural landscape.Learn more »
Minister concerned by benefit sanctions increase
Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Lesley Griffiths has expressed concern about the steep increase in welfare sanctions imposed on many potentially vulnerable people in Wales.
- Record numbers of children in Wales receiving MMR vaccine
- Report shows more people are reporting slavery in Wales.
- Minister concerned by benefit sanctions increase
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Section highlightHousing (Wales) Act 2014The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
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Raising Attainment and Individual Standards in Education (RAISE)
A number of influential reports prompted the Assembly Government to focus on the impact of poverty on pupils’ education. These reports included:
- Narrowing the Gap in the Performance of Schools (Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Local Government Association 2002 and 2005)
- Low Performing Secondary Schools (Estyn 2005)
- Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales (Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2005)
- Narrowing the Gap: The Fabian Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty (Fabian Society 2006).
The Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills at the time announced the programme in April 2006. It was to provide additional funding for 648 schools experiencing the greatest incidence of deprivation amongst their pupils. Schools qualified for a RAISE grant if they had 50 or more pupils of statutory school age, 20% or more of whom were eligible for free school meals.
Initially, the programme was to be for two years. In each of those years, around £14.5 million was to be available for RAISE schools and an additional £1 million for local authorities to support the education of looked-after children.
The Assembly Government’s intention was to provide additional support for the most disadvantaged learners. Although this would obviously involve pupils currently in schools, the Assembly Government wanted schools to consider how they could sustain the benefits of RAISE funding for future generations of pupils.
The Assembly Government has extended the programme, in its present form, for a third year (2008-2009).
For more information see the RAISE website.