Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
First Minister news conference
First Minister Carwyn Jones has held a press conference following the outcome of the Scottish Referendum result.
- Extra Safe Routes in Communities funding for Bridgend schools
- Ground-breaking North Wales clothing export centre opened
- First Minister news conference
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- Inappropriate admissions guidance
- Draft guidance on housing association board member remuneration
- Smoke-free private vehicles carrying children
- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government
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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.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightWales for Africa grant
The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
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Review of the vetting and barring scheme
On 15 June 2010 it was announced that the scheme would be halted pending a review.
On 11 February 2011 the review report was published and changes to the scheme will be implemented via the Protection of Freedoms Bill.
The UK government has announced that the vetting and barring scheme is to be scaled back, while ensuring vulnerable groups are appropriately protected.
Many people working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults will not now need to register.
The proposals, which follow a review of the existing system, include:
- merge the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) into a new body providing a proportionate barring and criminal records checking service;
- a large reduction of the number of positions requiring checks to those working most closely and regularly with children and vulnerable adults;
- portability of criminal records checks between jobs to cut down on bureaucracy;
- an end to a requirement for those working or volunteering with vulnerable groups to register and be continuously monitored; and
- stopping employers who knowingly request criminal records checks on individuals who are not entitled to them.
Further details with links to the Bill and reports are available on the Home Office website.