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Concerns raised about Human Rights Act reform

The Welsh Government has raised its “significant concerns” with UK Government plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights.

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New Children’s Commissioner for Wales announced

The First Minister has announced the appointment of Rocio Cifuentes as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

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£21m for future of Wales’ voluntary sector

£7m a year has been allocated to support Wales’ voluntary sector over the current Welsh Government’s term, a commitment of over £21m across the next three years.

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Physical proof of status should be offered to EU citizens

Devolved governments call for additional safeguard.

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Wales and Scotland unite to call for talks on concerns with UK asylum policy

In a wide ranging letter, Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt, and Scottish Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison have written to the Home Office asking for urgent talks on the significant concerns with the Nationality and Borders Bill and asked for discussions to help prevent further loss of life in the English Channel.

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“It is absolutely essential for us men to begin to question our behaviour which ultimately makes women feel less safe.” – Former Chief Prosecutor and Welsh Government Advisor, Nazir Afzal

A new campaign calling on the public to challenge assumptions about harassment against women - often wrongly seen as ‘harmless’ - has launched across Wales.

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Winter Fuel Support Scheme opens Monday 13th December

Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt announced the opening of the Winter Fuel Support Scheme on Monday 13th December. Eligible people in Wales may be able to claim a one-off £100 payment from their local authority to provide support towards paying their winter fuel bills. Information on how to apply will be available via Local Authority webpages.

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Museum, Archive, and Library staff in Wales offered LGBTQ+ training

A new initiative is being launched in Wales to help local museums, archives and libraries showcase, share and celebrate local LGBTQ+ history and culture in their collections, Welsh Government ministers have announced today.

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“The constant and pervasive effects of male violence and gender inequality have conditioned women’s lives for far too long.”

Conversations on accountability for violence against women should focus on the behaviour of perpetrators and not that of victims, says Wales’ Minister for Social Justice, as the world marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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First Minister joins Wrexham police on the beat

First Minister Mark Drakeford joined police officers on the beat in Wrexham today [Wednesday, 24 November] to listen to their experiences and also to see how the Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) funded by the Welsh Government can help keep communities safe

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£51m support fund to help families hardest hit by cost-of-living crisis

A new £51m package of support will help families facing the cost-of-living crisis to pay their bills this winter, Welsh Ministers announced today.

The Welsh Government is releasing extra funding from its reserves to target support towards lower income households, providing immediate support for people facing rising living costs this winter. 

The first phase of the Household Support Fund will target heating and eating – providing families with extra help to pay their energy bills over the winter and giving extra funding to foodbanks and community food schemes.

It comes as the UK Government has refused to reverse the cut of its £20 Universal Credit lifeline for tens of thousands of families and the Bank of England is warning inflation will rise to 5% by the spring, pushing prices even higher.

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“The onus of these crimes does not fall on the women. It falls squarely on those men who commit them.” Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt on spiking.

In a statement to the Senedd on spiking this afternoon Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt outlined that the Welsh Government’s resolute ambition to change the narrative on violence against women and ensure the focus is on perpetrators and individuals that commit these heinous crimes.