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The Children’s Commissioner’s Annual Report 2016-17

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On Tuesday 14 November 2017 in Plenary, Assembly Members will debate the Children Commissioner for Wales’ most recent Annual Report (2016-17).

This debate gives AMs an opportunity to discuss what the Commissioner has set out as the latest issues and challenges affecting children and young people in Wales. They will also hear how the newly appointed Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies, responds. The Welsh Government’s written response is due to be published following the debate. Last month, the Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee heard directly from the Commissioner about the issues she raises in her report. You can see what was discussed on Senedd TV here.

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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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Rights of disabled people: how the UN Committee’s findings relate to Wales

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In August a UN committee examined the UK on its implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Committee Member and UK rapporteur Stig Langvad described the UK’s examination as ‘the most challenging exercise in the history of the Committee’, and the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission called it a “damning assessment by UN experts of the failure to protect disabled people’s rights across many areas of life in the UK”.

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Making the economy work for people on low incomes

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The Assembly’s Equalities, Local Government and Communities Committee will start hearing from witnesses for its inquiry into making the economy work for people on low incomes on 5 July. It will look at how the Welsh Government’s upcoming Economic Strategy and Employability Plan can improve the position of people on low incomes, as well as measures to boost low pay, (in)security of work and economic inequalities between different places and groups of people.

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‘I used to be someone’ – Assembly to debate committee report on refugees and asylum seekers in Wales

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On Wednesday 21 June, the Assembly will debate the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s report into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, and the Welsh Government’s response to its recommendations.

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Blue Badges: How and why has the Welsh Government extended the scheme?

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This is the third in a series of blog articles discussing the Blue Badge scheme. Tuesday’s blog explained the assessment and eligibility criteria, and yesterday’s blog described the application and appeals process.

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