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Health Social Care and Well Being Strategies focus on how Local Health Boards (LHBs) and Local Authorities can improve the health and well-being of their population.<
Start of consultation: 20/07/2010<
End of consultation: 14/09/2010<

The consultation is to ensure that the relationship between plans and strategies is clear. The Health and Social Well-being Strategy Guidance should be read in conjunction with the Children and Young People’s Plans. To access the Children and Young People’s Plans please click on the related link above.

When responding to this consultation please consider both documents.

Health, social care and well-being strategies and children and young people’s plans are different statutory plans.  Nevertheless the two are linked. Each local authority and each Local Health Board is under a statutory duty to jointly formulate and implement a health, social care and well-being strategy for the public in the local authority’s area.  Each local authority is under a statutory duty to publish a children and young people's plan (CYPP) setting out the authority’s strategy for discharging its functions in relation to children and young persons. 

Local bodies have long expressed a desire to see the arrangements for the two plans better aligned, consolidated into a single plan or merged with the Community Strategy.  For the last round some common wording was included in the two sets of guidance but the requests for even closer alignment have persisted. The two present draft sets of guidance aim to move further towards alignment and comments are requested in this consultation on how far this has been achieved. It is therefore important that anyone who responds considers both documents and replies to the questions with that in mind.

Health Social Care and Well Being Strategies Guidance

This guidance has been prepared to help local authorities and Local Health Boards meet their statutory duty under Section 40 of the National Health Service Wales Act 2006 to prepare a health, social care and well-being strategy for each local authority area.  

Children And Young People’s Plans Interim Guidance 2011-14

This guidance has been prepared under sections 25-28 of the Children Act 2004.  This requires local authorities and key partners to cooperate across the range of functions to improve well-being.  It also places local authorities under a statutory duty to prepare and publish CYP Plans.

This consultation seeks the views of those who will need to respond to the guidance, in particular whether the guidance is clear and helpful.  

Consultation events will be organised at which comments can be made.  

 

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 14 September 2010, in any of the following ways:

Online form

Respond using the online form

Email

HSC&WBSCYPPMailbox@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Ms Irena Wasilewska
Strategy Unit
Health and Social Services Directorate General
Welsh Assembly Government
Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

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This consultation seeks views on the Welsh Assembly Government’s new Child Poverty Strategy for Wales.<
Start of consultation: 12/05/2010<
End of consultation: 12/08/2010<

The Child Poverty Strategy sets out the Welsh Assembly Government’s vision for tackling child poverty in Wales and improving outcomes for children and parents living in low income families. The Delivery Plan sets out the policy action the Assembly Government will deliver to achieve this vision.

The Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, which became law in February 2010, places a duty on Welsh Ministers to publish a strategy to reduce child poverty, and to keep this under review. This new Child Poverty Strategy for Wales and accompanying Delivery Plan fulfils this commitment for Welsh Ministers.

There are three documents for you to consider:

  • Part 1 provides a summary of the Child Poverty Strategy and Delivery Plan, and includes the questions we would like you to consider as part of the consultation period.
  • Part 2 is the Child Poverty Strategy.
  • Part 3 is the Child Poverty Strategy’s Delivery Plan.

Children and Young People’s version

We have also developed a children and young people’s version of the Child Poverty Strategy and Delivery Plan.  We will also be holding specific events with children and young people – to hear their views on the Strategy and Delivery Plan and how it can be improved.

Consultation events

We are  holding events with children and young people – which are scheduled for 12th July (Merthyr) and 13th July (Wrexham). For further info please contact childpovertyunit@wales.gsi.gov.uk<.

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 12 August 2010, in any of the following ways:

Online form

Respond using the online form

Email

childpovertyconsul@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Kelly Hurley
Child Poverty Unit
Welsh Assembly Government
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Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 1UZ

Additional information

 

For further information about the consultation period for the Child Poverty Strategy, please email us at childpovertyconsul@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

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Direct payments are payments made by local authorities directly to some individuals (including carers) who have assessed community care needs. The payments enable individuals to purchase their own care services. Direct payments thereby empower individuals and promote independence, choice and inclusion.<
Start of consultation: 20/08/2010<
End of consultation: 10/12/2010<

This consultation is about the new draft regulations and guidance incorporating the extension of direct payments to people who lack capacity. It also involves changes to the list of people who cannot participate in a direct payments arrangement.

Currently direct payments can only be made to individuals who have the capacity to consent to such an arrangement, and who are able to manage the payment (with help if necessary). In addition, a number of groups of people with, for example, mental health or substance misuse problems who are subject to requirements imposed by mental health and other legislation, are ineligible for a direct payments arrangement. Legislative changes are required to amend the current arrangements to broaden the scope of direct payments to include these groups of people.

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 10 December 2010, in any of the following ways:

Online form

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Email

DirectPayments@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Sara Cochrane
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Welsh Assembly Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

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Equality Act 2010 - Performance of the Public Sector Equality Duties in Wales

Consultation on the draft Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties) (Wales) Regulations 2011.<
Start of consultation: 21/09/2010<
End of consultation: 17/12/2010<

The Equality Act 2010 introduces a new general public sector equality duty that will come into force in April 2011. The Act makes provision for the Welsh Ministers to be able to make regulations that impose specific public sector equality duties on relevant Welsh public authorities listed in Part 2 of Schedule 19 to the Act.

The purpose of these new specific equality duties is to improve performance of the general duty by the public sector.

As such, the duties proposed in this document have been developed with the involvement of key stakeholders from the public and Third Sectors in Wales.

The Listening Exercise that concluded in November 2009 was part of this process of involvement and the summary report can be found under 'Related links'.

These proposed duties have been developed to be proportionate in design, relevant to need, transparent in approach and tailored to guide relevant Welsh public authorities towards better performance of the general duty. The ambition is to better meet the needs of the citizens of Wales relying on the services provided to them by the public sector.

Online Forum

This your opportunity to get involved and to tell us what you think about the consultation. You can access the forum by clicking on the related link above.

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 17 December 2010, in any of the following ways:

Online form

Respond using the online form

Email

EDIDmailbox@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Stephen Chamberlain
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Division
Welsh Assembly Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

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Changes are planned to introduce more consistency in the way local councils charge for their services.<
Start of consultation: 10/12/2010<
End of consultation: 04/02/2011<

This consultation seeks your comments on the draft regulations and guidance to local councils needed to implement a 'First Steps Improvement Package' of changes to introduce more consistency. 

These changes will apply to those who receive services from their local council and those who enter into a Direct Payments arrangement with their council to purchase services themselves.

By law local councils can charge for homecare and other non-residential social services if they wish. Research has shown that older and disabled people in Wales currently experience wide variation in the charging undertaken and in the level of charges set by councils.

The Welsh Assembly Government therefore made a commitment in its 'One Wales' document to address this by securing the powers and then making the legislation necessary to introduce more consistency in the charging councils undertake.  

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 04 February 2011, in any of the following ways:

Online form

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Email

firststepspackageconsultation@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Steve Gulliford
Adult Social Services Policy Division
Welsh Assembly Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

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Supplementary guidance on procedures when discharging patients from hospital to a care setting.

This consultation seeks your comments on draft supplementary guidance to the National Assistance Act 1948 (Choice of Accommodation) Directions 1993.<
Start of consultation: 28/01/2011<
End of consultation: 25/03/2011<

The 1948 Act gives local authorities responsibility for making placements in residential or nursing homes where a person has been assessed as being in need of such accommodation.

The National Assistance Act 1948 (Choice of Accommodation) Directions 1993 provide that if an individual expresses a preference for particular accommodation the local authority has a responsibility to arrange it, subject to certain conditions in respect of suitability, cost, availability and the authority’s usual terms and conditions.

The 1993 guidance on the directions was updated in 2004 and is available.

Following the reports of the Wales Audit Office and the National Assembly Audit Committee on Tackling Delayed Transfers of Care, the Welsh Assembly Government committed to addressing the issues which gave rise to the problems identified.  This included a review of the 2004 guidance to ensure consistency in the application of the directions and so avoid delays in the transfer of patients from hospital to the next stage of care.

It is proposed to supplement the existing 2004 guidance with this further guidance which relates specifically to the procedures to be applied where a patient is being discharged from hospital to a care setting.

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 25 March 2011, in any of the following ways:

Email

choiceguidancesupplement@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Steve Vaughan
Adult Social Services Policy Division
Welsh Assembly Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Additional information

Large print, Braille and alternate language versions of this document are available on request

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Consultation on the draft document ‘A Strategic Vision for Maternity Services in Wales’

This consultation is seeking comments and views from clinicians, NHS managers and service users.<
Start of consultation: 24/01/2011<
End of consultation: 18/04/2011<

Around 35,000 children are born each year in Wales.

The Welsh Assembly Government’s vision for maternity services in Wales is a service that promotes pregnancy and childbirth as an event of social and emotional significance.

For every mother wherever they live and whatever their circumstances, pregnancy and childbirth will be a safe and healthy experience and one that she can describe as satisfying.

The draft strategy sets out the Welsh Assembly Government’s vision for high quality maternity services for the future.  

Its aim is to inform and underpin the planning and delivery of high quality maternity services by Local Health Boards and set out how we will move to a more outcome focused approach to monitoring the quality of care. 

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 18 April 2011, in any of the following ways:

Email

adultsandchildrenshealth@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Adults and Childrens Health
Medical Directorate
Welsh Assembly Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Additional information

Telephone: 02920 825667

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Since February 2009, WCVA< has conducted seven surveys into the effects of the recession on the third sector< in Wales. The final reports can be downloaded from the WCVA< website by following the link<

There will be significant public expenditure cuts in this financial year.

The latest survey revealed that whilst some third sector< organisations had reported an improvement, there are many that continue to experience difficulties, reporting< a loss of funding and contracts, trouble securing new funding, and increased demand for services. The third sector< is being squeezed at both ends, suffering increasing costs and decreasing income. Not only are utility and fuel costs rising, but the costs of legislative and regulatory requirements are also increasing. More complicated funding and monitoring< requirements are increasing costs of administering funds for third sector< organisations.

WCVA wants to continue to monitor the situation to see if there have been any changes. We therefore hope that you will assist us by completing the following questionnaire, which will allow us to gather evidence on the current situation of third sector< organisations in Wales.

Your responses will only be used for the purpose of producing a report which will be publically available in November 2011. The report will not identify your organisation.

To complete the survey on line, Click Here<

To download/save and or/print the questionnaire, follow this link<:

The downloaded questionnaire can either be emailed back to wcvaresearch@wcva.org.uk <or posted to the FREEPOST address on the questionnaire.

To download previous reports, please follow this link< and scroll down

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