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Devolved nations criticise “unwelcome and unnecessary” UK Government plans to drop Human Rights Act

The Welsh and Scottish Governments have described the UK Government’s plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights as an “ideologically motivated attack on freedoms and liberties.”

Income

“Our Basic Income pilot is an exciting project to deliver financial stability for a generation of young people that need it most.”

Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt

Basic Income for Care Leavers in Wales, pilot announced. 

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More than £330m to help people tackle cost-of-living crisis

The Welsh Government has announced a package of expanded measures to help people with the cost-of-living crisis, including a £150 cost-of-living payment to be paid as soon as possible and an extra £200 for low income households through the Winter Fuel Payment next winter.

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Major increase in the availability of facilities to protect victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence to give evidence across Wales

A process to allow victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence to securely give evidence through video-linked facilities has launched across Wales.

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Winter fuel support doubled to help families with cost-of-living-crisis

The Winter Fuel Support Scheme payment will be doubled to £200 as the cost-of-living crisis intensifies, Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt announced today.

The £100 one-off payment, which was launched in December, is now being extended to support eligible households with rising energy bills and costs.

It is part of the Welsh Government’s bespoke Household Support Fund, which is providing £51m of targeted support for families and the most vulnerable in society.

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Minister for Social Justice and Minister for Climate Change call for action from the UK Government to tackle the Cost of Living Crisis.

With growing concerns over the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ that families are facing across Wales, Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt and Minister for Climate Change Julie James outlined the full package of support the Welsh Government has developed to help families during this difficult time and reiterated their call for action from the UK Government to ease the burden on families across Wales. 

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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.

Only is not an excuse

“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.