Joint Ministerial Council meets

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The Joint Ministerial Committee (European Negotiations) met on the 16 October in London. The committee last met in January 2017. The Committee discussed progress on the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and discussed the principles underpinning an agreed approach by the UK Government and devolved governments to Common policy Frameworks after the UK leaves the EU.

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Teacher recruitment and supply teaching in Wales

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This blog provides some background information ahead of a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams is due to make on Teacher Recruitment on Tuesday 24 October. However, the Business Statement of 10 October indicated that the statement would be on Supply Teaching. We have therefore provided some background information on that issue also.

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Communities First: what lessons need to be learned?

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In July the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee published its interim report into Communities First– the Welsh Government’s flagship anti-poverty programme. The interim report contained 11 recommendations for the Welsh Government. The Committee’s final report, which included greater detail on the evidence it had considered, was published in October. The Assembly will debate both reports and the Welsh Government’s response to the recommendations in plenary on Wednesday 25 October.

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Human rights, Brexit and Wales

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The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee has been exploring the impact of leaving the EU on human rights in Wales. While compared to agriculture or structural funds, human rights might not seem to be the most important issue to discuss during Brexit in relation to Wales, the Committee discovered a number of important issues, from legal protection to third sector funding.

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