December, 2019


£8m boost to support young people with additional learning needs

Children and young people in Wales with additional learning needs are set to benefit from an £8m extra investment. The funding is part of the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget for 2020-21 and will support children and young people with additional... (Continue reading)

Health and social services spending to increase by £421m in Wales

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has welcomed an extra £421m for health and social services in Wales, including more investment in transformation and buildings. The extra investment announced in the 2020/21 Welsh Government draft budget takes health and social services spending... (Continue reading)

£2.3 million to boost Wales’ ‘nation of sanctuary’ pledge

£2.3 million has been announced on International Migrants Day to support refugees and migrant communities and to promote better community cohesion across Wales. This new funding comes as part of the Welsh Government’s 2020/2021 draft Budget which was launched on... (Continue reading)

Brussels fishery talks

The traditional end-of-year European Union fishery negotiations have concluded with agreement on a range of quotas and management measures. But the talks – potentially Scotland’s last as a member of the EU – took place against difficult scientific advice. Combined... (Continue reading)

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Nursing students to receive £5,000 payment a year

Nursing students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs. The funding will be given to all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students from September 2020.... (Continue reading)

A budget for the NHS and the future of our planet

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has unveiled a draft Budget with plans to invest more than £8 billion for the Welsh NHS alongside ambitious projects to help combat climate change. In the first budget following the declaration of a climate emergency... (Continue reading)

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Minister announces £6bn funding settlement for Wales’ councils

Welsh Government funding for local councils in Wales will be more than £6bn next year, Minister for Local Government, Julie James has announced today. As part of the local government settlement, published alongside the Welsh Government’s Budget for 2020-21, local... (Continue reading)

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Sustainable health and social care services

UK’s first integrated workforce plan published. Scotland will introduce the UK’s first integrated health and social care workforce plan, which includes the creation of a new national thrombectomy service. Created in partnership with COSLA, the plan sets out how health... (Continue reading)

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GAD’s review of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland)

GAD carries out the first formal review of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) and concludes the 15 funds are in a strong financial position. The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) has concluded that overall, the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland)... (Continue reading)

John Tizard: Seasonal thoughts for public procurement officials

John Tizard

The New Year celebrations will be followed closely by an awakening as dramatic as a bucket of iced water. Instead of cold water we are going to be rudely awakened by the realisation that austerity is set to continue for... (Continue reading)

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