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Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
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National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written - Forced Marriage and Honour Based Crime – Three Year Action Plan
The Minister for Social Justice and Local Government has recently approved a three year action plan to take forward work in Wales to deal with forced marriage and honour based crime.
On 26 July 2007 the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection Act) 2007 received Royal Assent. When the Act is brought into force it will provide civil remedies for those faced with forced marriage and for victims of forced marriage.
The Welsh Assembly Government acknowledges that offering the protection of legislation is only one part of tackling the forced marriage problem and since 2007 has been developing measures to deal with these issues. In February 2007, Inspector Lian Penhale, a secondee from South Wales Police, began to take forward issues such as the development of an action plan for Wales and the development of joint guidance with the Whitehall Forced Marriage Unit. Inspector Penhale’s work focused on three specific issues:
- To map the extent of forced marriage and honour based violence throughout Wales.
- Produce draft guidance documents for Education, Health and Social Services in respect of dealing with forced marriages and honour based violence.
- To produce an action plan for consideration by the Minister setting out how the Welsh Assembly Government can take forward the work regarding forced marriage and honour based violence.
Inspector Penhale concluded that there is no data available on the extent of the problem in Wales. There are around 300 UK cases per year dealt with by the Forced Marriage Unit but these cannot be broken down into Welsh cases. The Welsh Police Forces have recently started gathering data and this will need to be built on. The main non-government agencies working in this field include Black Association of Women Step Out, Henna, Women Connect First, Mewn Cymru, Welsh Women’s Aid and Cardiff Women’s Safety Unit. These organisations provided a lot of assistance to Inspector Penhale during her period of secondment. The main conclusion of Inspector Penhale’s work was that whilst there are pockets of good practice in Wales there must be a more co-ordinated approach focusing on prevention, awareness raising, training and guidance and proper monitoring.
The three year action plan will ensure that these issues are taken forward and a forced marriage sub-group of the All Wales Domestic Abuse Working Group will be responsible for providing advice on how best to co-ordinate the work.