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Wales Rural Network News Roundup from 2020

Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows

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Glastir Woodland Creation

The expression of interest window for Glastir Woodland Creation is now open. The closing date has been extended to 31 July 2020.
There have been a number of changes to the application process for Glastir Woodland Creation. Important information on these changes is available in the guidance on our website.pollin

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Glastir Small Grants: landscape and pollinators 2019

In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the claim deadline has been extended until 30 September 2020. All claims must be submitted by this date.msbf

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Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)

MSBF is an investment fund for projects in the tourism sector in Wales. It can be used either to upgrade existing or create new high quality product.

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Supplementary Guidance note for LEADER Local Action Groups and their Administrative Bodies 

LEADER is re-purposing its activities for the rest of the programme this does not replace existing guidance but there is supplementary guidance to assist.

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Dairy Support Scheme

The Welsh Dairy Support Scheme application aimed at supporting dairy producers to maintain production capacity during coronavirus (COVID-19) is now available on RPW Online and will close on 14 August.

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Live broadcasts to connect farmers with Farming Connect demonstration farm projects

As a result of the temporary suspension of its on-farm events this summer, Farming Connect will bring a series of live digital broadcasts from its demonstration sites to continue their engagement with farmers during the current pandemic. All events are scheduled to start at 19:30 and will be streamed live via the Zoom platform.

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Consultation to tackle supply chain issues across UK dairy sector launched

A consultation to tackle supply chain issues across the UK dairy sector and provide new fairer conditions for milk contracts has today been launched by UK Governments.farmwell

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FarmWell Wales

FarmWell Wales provides Welsh farmers with the most up-to-date information and details of support services. This can help them and their businesses stay resilient through times of change and volatility.fc covid

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Farming Connect – Coronavirus (Covid 19) “Whatever concerns you have about your business, this is not the time to shoulder your worries in silence, we will find you an expert who will listen to you and provide the confidential guidance and support you need either over the phone or digitally,” is the message from Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which together with Lantra Wales, delivers Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. liaison

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Farm Liaison Service

Confidential, one-to-one guidance and support. If you need to discuss any issues contact one of the Farm Liaison Service staff.

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Welsh Government – COVID-19; (Coronavirus)

Keep Wales safe:

  • always observe social distancing
  • wash your hands regularly
  • if you are meeting one other household, stay outdoors 
  • work from home if you can

Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms.

Rural Payments Wales (RPW) statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) news

COVID-19 LEADER Activities

COVID-19 Business & Sector specific Newsletters

Are there any activities in your area to support communities during the pandemic, email any information to ruralnetwork@gov.uk.

Wales Skills Matching Service

A new online service, which will match employers with jobseekers looking for agricultural, land and veterinary work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, has been launched.

Food & Drink Wales – North Wales Economic Ambition Board 

We have produced a Business survey to focus on the impact of COVID-19, how it has affected local businesses and their industries with a view to understanding what needs to be done to spark and support a revival when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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Announcing Farming Connect’s Agri Academy Class of 2020 – waiting to zoom into action!

Chicory could hold key to higher lamb DLWG at Denbighshire sheep farm

TUCK IN – sharing insights on marketing in a crisis

Claw Bands Help Welsh Lobsters Stand Out In The Home Crowd

Welsh sheep famers’ opinions needed

Local food and drink website announced

Key local bus service to be maintained until December

New site highlights employment in crucial period for food and drink sector

Retail Figures Show Growth in Red Meat Sales

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Natural Resources Wales consultation launched

A consultation on changes to guidance for assessing the impact of ammonia and nitrogen from agricultural developments has been launched by Natural Resources Wales and will close on 31 August 2020.

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Preparing Wales website

Following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January we are now in a transition period; during this time, the way you do business with the EU will not change. However, you will need to prepare and make changes to continue to do business at the end of the transition period.

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Grants Online

Rural Development Grants across the UK.

The National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Funding can help you to make a difference in your community.

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EIP-AGRI actions on organic farming

The EIP-AGRI network supports organic farming by promoting and sharing innovative practices.

EIP-AGRI – Innovation Support Services

New EIP-AGRI video on Innovation Support Services.

Three public consultations on climate change

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.enrd

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New LEADER cooperation resources online!

The document will be updated twice per year (next update scheduled for October 2020) and aims to provide information to LEADER stakeholders about the state of play of LEADER transnational cooperation in the EU, supplementing other relevant information provided by the ENRD Contact Point.

Pilot Project on Smart eco-social villages – final report

The final report of the Pilot Project on Smart eco-social villages, initiated by the European Parliament, is now available.

Rural, digital, attractive – digital solutions for rural areas

A study by the German federal IT Competence Office (ÖFIT) reviews challenges and success factors of 49 rural development projects which are pursuing digital solutions to improve local services and quality of life in rural areas.

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10th annual European Algae Industry Summit

Date: 20/21 October 2020

Location: Reykjavik

What livestock has to offer to biodiversity and healthy soils

Date: 31 August 2020

Location: Portugal

Towards carbon neutral agriculture

Date: 09/10 September 2020

Location: Estonia

EIP-AGRI seminar: Healthy soils for Europe: sustainable management through knowledge and practice

Date: 07/08 October 2020

Location: Portugal

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Senedd roundup: Minister reveals virus testing plans as schools reopen – Nation.Cymru

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has revealed the government is undertaking a programme of antibody testing of school staff who have been working in hub schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has also made plans for the rapid deployment of antigen testing if there are any outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools or if schools have failed to follow the government guidelines for infection prevention measures.

Schools in Wales have been closed to most pupils since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in March but are due to reopen on Monday.

Around 6,000 pupils, the children of key workers and those deemed vulnerable, have attended hub schools across Wales since the shutdown and residential and special schools have continued operating.

Mobile Testing Units could be deployed if required and plans have been made to establish temporary testing facilities and drop off and collection routes if needed.

In a written statement Mr Gething revealed testing is being rolled out to at least 10% of schools staff who have worked in hub schools during the pandemic.

Over 9000 people will be tested under the programme and the government is hoping the results will assist in understanding the spread of the virus amongst school staff.

In the statement Mr Gething wrote that antibody testing will be repeated following the end of term with an additional sample group consisting of the broader school community.

Retesting of the original group will also take place to provide information about both the duration of the infection for individuals that previously tested positive and the rate of the spread of Covid-19 in individuals that previously tested negative.

Official figures up to May 31 report that a total of 24 education workers have tested positive for the virus out of the 440 tests carried out.

Five more deaths from coronavirus have been reported by Public Health Wales.  The total  number of deaths now stands at 1,502.

There were 46 new cases reported over the last 24 hours taking the overall total for confirmed infections in Wales to 15,577. Yesterday 3,246 tests for the virus were carried out.

— Read more on nation.cymru/news/senedd-roundup-minister-reveals-virus-testing-plans-as-schools-reopen/

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Welsh Business News – Start-up grants for new businesses from £5m Welsh Government pot | #WelshBiz #WelshBizNews

A START-UP grant to support new businesses dealing with the severe impact of the coronavirus has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford.

The fund will be worth £5m initially, with flexibility for the future. It will support start-up firms, which fall outside the UK Government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) as they only began trading in 2019.

Applications for this grant will open on Monday (June 29), at the same time as phase two of the Economic Resilience Fund opens to applications.

Mr Drakeford said that the announcement “will help to support new businesses in Wales which are currently falling through the gaps of existing financial assistance schemes.”

He added: “A number of people who have started a business in the last year don’t qualify for support from the UK Government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme and it remains unclear if it will take steps to ensure they will change the criteria to help this group of people.

“This is why we have acted and set up a start-up grant. This has come from our work with Welsh Local Government Association and local authorities to look at what more support the business community needs at this time.”

The new start-up grant will support up to 2,000 businesses in Wales, with £2,500 each. This will provide crucial funding to people who established their businesses between 1 April 2019 and 1 March 2020, helping them to continue trading through the pandemic.

The Welsh Government is providing £1.7bn to support businesses in Wales, making it the most generous and comprehensive package of assistance in the UK.

— Read more on www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/18544963.start-up-grants-new-businesses-5m-welsh-government-pot/

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Coronavirus: new measures for masks to be considered in Wales

Coronavirus: new measures for masks to be considered in Wales

Coronavirus: new measures for masks to be considered in Wales

— Read on www.newsarchyuk.com/coronavirus-new-measures-for-masks-to-be-considered-in-wales/

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Latest News on EU Funds In Wales

 
 

In response to the UK Government and Public Health Wales (PHW) advice on the coronavirus (COVID 19), please see guidance for project managers delivering EU-funded projects in these challenging times.

Please keep checking the website for the latest information.

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Chwarae Teg secures £6m EU funds

The funding will extend the organisation’s career development programme to 2023, supporting women in Wales to progress their careers, and assisting businesses to implement equality strategies and modern working practices.

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Your views wanted on the future of Regional Investment in Wales

The Welsh Government has launched a 12-week consultation on future regional investment in Wales outside of the EU. The closing date is 22 May 2020.

The consultation covers a set of proposals for investing replacement funding from the UK Government to deliver inclusive growth across all parts of Wales, building on the evidence of what has worked well and lesson learned during 20 years of EU regional policy.

Developed with stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors, we are consulting on proposals that set out four priority investment areas (business productivity and competitiveness, reducing income inequalities for people, healthier and more sustainable communities and the zero-carbon economy) and decentralises funding and decision-making closer to the people they aim to benefit.

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UK Parliament Inquiry on Wales and the Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Parliament’s Welsh Affairs Committee is responsible for scrutinising the expenditure, administration and policies of the Wales Office, and the policies of the UK Government as whole that have an impact in Wales. The Committee has launched an inquiry into the UK Government’s proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The deadline for submitting views and evidence is Tuesday 21 April 2020.

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Europe Day 2020

Following recent queries, please note that WEFO will not be developing a centrally-led social media or communications campaign to promote EU-funded projects on Europe Day.  

However, as the UK is still participating in the current EU Structural Funds Programme it is a matter for organisations in receipt of EU funds to decide whether they wish to promote their projects in marking Europe Day this year.

Any publicity should follow WEFO’s information and publicity guidance and should aim to focus on the difference that funding and projects are making to people, businesses and communities in Wales.

Please also remember to use the hashtag #EUfundscymru when posting tweets, photos and testimonials.

In previous years, organisations have been encouraged to fly the EU flag to celebrate Europe Day. We would like to emphasise that there is no obligation to do this, and it is a matter entirely for your organisation.

If you have any queries, please contact WEFO Communications on 
wefo-communications@gov.wales.

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Work begins on Maesteg Town Hall

Construction work started this month on the £8.2m repair, restoration and extension of Maesteg Town Hall, which is being supported with £2m of EU funds.

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The latest news, guidance, publications and events from the European Structural and Investment Funds programmes in Wales, as well as including other EU funding programmes  such as the Horizon 2020, European Territorial Co-operation and the Ireland Wales programmes.

Updates from the Rural Development programme and Fisheries programmes are also covered.

 

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Latest update on Coronavirus from The PM as UK goes in to lockdown!

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK is going into lockdown in a televised address to the nation last evening.

The PM made the announcement from 10 Downing Street amid widespread calls for tougher measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 / Coronavirus.

He ordered the immediate closure of all shops selling non-essentials items on Monday evening.

He told people to only leave the house to shop for basic necessities “as infrequently as possible” and to perform one form of exercise a day.

“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”

To ensure people follow the rules, Mr Johnson ordered the immediate closure of non-essential stores including those selling electronics and clothing.

All public gatherings of more than two people – other than those you live with – will be banned, the PM said.

Other premises being shuttered are libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship.

The UK coronavirus lockdown rules you must now comply with, or face police action, are as follows:

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson orders lockdown of the UK and orders people to stay at home

And, while parks will remain open for exercise, all social events including weddings and baptisms will be stopped.

Funerals, however, can continue.

Mr Johnson said the measures will be “under constant review” and will be considered for relaxation in three weeks’ time if the evidence allows.

Earlier in the day all Britons travelling abroad were told to return to the UK “while you still can”.

The Welsh Government has also announced the closure of all caravan parks, campsites and tourist hotspots after people flocked to Welsh landmarks on the weekend.

The First Minister will also take additional powers over licensing because some pubs didn’t close over the weekend.

The measures come after it was announced four more people have died after contracting the coronavirus in Wales.

There are now 418 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wales and there have so far been 16 deaths.

But Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said the “the true number of cases is likely to be higher” as the virus continues to circulate in every part of Wales.

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Latest Welsh Government Coronavirus Update from Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services

Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services

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Further to my statement on 18 March, I can confirm the Chief Medical Officer has issued the following guidance to NHS Wales.

The novel Coronavirus was genetically typed and identified on 7 January 2020. 3 weeks later the specialist virology centre within Public Health Wales had commenced testing for this virus. Testing capacity has continued to be ramped up and Public Health Wales now has capacity for over 800 tests per day. 

From 1 April, this will increase by a further 5,000 tests per day (total – 6,000 daily).

From 7 April, this will increase by a further 2,000 tests per day (total – 8,000 daily).

By end of April, Public Health Wales are aiming to have capacity to undertake up to 9,000 tests per day in Wales.

There is also a significant amount of work progressing at a UK level to roll out a new test. There are no estimates currently available to indicate when this will be available or the numbers of new tests that can be performed daily in Wales, but I will provide this information when we have a clear indication.

I would like to remind everyone that self-isolation and social distancing are absolutely fundamental at this stage if we are to delay the spread of this virus. We all need to follow this advice now to protect each other and our families and to help ensure our NHS is not overwhelmed with cases.

As ever, I will keep you regularly updated.

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Former and future health and social care professionals needed – Welsh Government News…

Coronavirus News

PRESS RELEASE

Wales’ former health and social care professionals are today being asked to return to work, as an emergency recruitment drive is launched to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

First published:21 March 2020Last updated:21 March 2020

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Wales’ Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Social Services and Integration have made simultaneous appeals to their colleagues to sign-up to support those affected.

Final-year students will also be offered work in the NHS to help boost the workforce over the coming months.

Chief Nursing Officer Jean White said:

These are extraordinary times, which call for extraordinary measures to be taken to respond to the health needs of the people of Wales.

I am appealing to all health professionals who are able to help at this time to make themselves available – our National Health Service needs you. Wales needs you.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Frank Atherton said:

I would like to reassure NHS Wales staff and the people of Wales that we are doing all we can to support health and social care organisations during this extremely challenging period.

Our health service and our excellent health workers need all the support and help they can get. Our nation’s health depends on it.

The Welsh Government’s Director of Social Services and Integration, Albert Heaney said:

I want to reassure our dedicated social care sector that we are working with partners to ensure we protect our frontline social care staff, who play such a crucial role in caring for and supporting the vulnerable in society. 

Social Care Wales has written to the workforce and to employers to outline the measures it is taking, including how it will register those offering their invaluable experience to return and assist this collective effort.

We want to welcome you back in to the fold.” 

The plans are part of the extensive work to prepare the NHS and social care sector to provide expert care for the predicted number of people who are likely to need care as a result of contracting coronavirus.

People who have left or retired in the last three years will be asked to re-register with their relevant professional bodies. They will be asked what role they could play and how much time they can dedicate.

All returning staff will be able to ‘opt-in’ to a register to fill a range of clinical and non-clinical roles across the NHS and social care sector, based on their skills and time away from practice.

Already more than 5,000 letters have been sent to retirees across a range of roles.

The Welsh Government is also currently exploring ways to harness the skills of students who are keen to contribute. Final-year medical students, student nurses and student social workers are being offered the opportunity to take on temporary, fully-paid roles to further boost the frontline.

Those who join will be given a full induction and training.

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Welsh Government News for Businesses


17 March 2020


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The Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates has issued a letter to reassure businesses in light of the recent cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

In brief, a support package for small businesses worth £200m will be rolled out immediately to help deal with the impact of coronavirus.

If you are currently experiencing issues or have any concerns with regards to your business operations/supply chain contact the Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000.

To stay up to date with the latest information, take a look at our Coronavirus Advice page.

Read the UK and Devolved Government’s Coronavirus Action Plan.

Read the letter in its entirety below:


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Welsh News – applications are now available from the UK Seafood Innovation Find…

UK Seafood Innovation Fund

Applications Now Open! 

The UK Seafood Innovation Fund is now accepting applications for its second open call, with funding pots of up to £50k for scoping studies and up to £250k for full R&D projects available.

SEAFOOD

With 27 projects funded in 2019, including initiatives using robotics, AI, fishing gear innovations, biomedical advances and more, the fund is now seeking a new tranche of applicants with plans to transform the future landscape for seafood supply.

The UK Innovation Seafood fund encourages bids from experts in the fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing sectors.

Visit http://www.seafoodinnovation.fund to find out more about the fund and how to apply.

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Top Welsh Government News Stories From February…

February highlights – Welsh Governments top news stories from last month!

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Have your say on plans to create a zero waste Wales

The Welsh Government wants your views on its plans to make Wales the world’s top recycling nation and help us become a truly circular economy, at a series of Beyond Recycling Consultation Events across Wales. Read more

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Minister welcomes additional funding to promote Welsh red meat

Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed confirmation the Britain-wide Red Meat Levy Ring-fenced Fund will increase from £2million to £3.5million next year, after agreement was reached between the Red Meat Levy boards in Wales, Scotland and England. 

Read more

Mark Drakeford

First Minister establishes emergency funding relief scheme

A multi-million pound emergency fund to deal with the immediate impact of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford. 

Read more

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

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Welsh News – applications are now available from the UK Seafood Innovation Find…

UK Seafood Innovation Fund

Applications Now Open! 

The UK Seafood Innovation Fund is now accepting applications for its second open call, with funding pots of up to £50k for scoping studies and up to £250k for full R&D projects available.

SEAFOOD

With 27 projects funded in 2019, including initiatives using robotics, AI, fishing gear innovations, biomedical advances and more, the fund is now seeking a new tranche of applicants with plans to transform the future landscape for seafood supply.

The UK Innovation Seafood fund encourages bids from experts in the fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing sectors.

Visit http://www.seafoodinnovation.fund to find out more about the fund and how to apply.

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Welsh News – Updates to regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales…

Update to regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales

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The final stage of our Oil Storage Regulations come into force on

15 March 2020. The regulations to protect the environment and properties as a result

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

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Remember Brexit? Oh if we could only have it back – it was better than Covid-19 anyday!

Reminder – The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020

EU Day

We are now in a transition period; during this time, the way you do business with the EU will not change.

However, you will need to prepare and make changes to continue to do business at the end of the transition period.

You will find all the information that you need about this on the Preparing Wales website.

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

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Welsh News – Welfare Standards for Dogs, at Breeding Premises to be raised, says Welsh Minister…

Lesley Griffiths commits to driving up welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises

A commitment to improve welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises in Wales has been made by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. Read more

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A report, produced by the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, reviewing the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales Regulations 2014) has been published today.
The recommendations include a need for:

  • Greater consistency in the inspection and enforcement of breeding regulations
  • A review of the licensing process, including application of a staff to adult dog ratio appropriate to the breeding premises
  • The need for better welfare standards for all breeding dogs rather than only those at licensed premises

To deliver improvements and consistency in the inspection and enforcement of the breeding regulations, which is undertaken by Local Authorities, a scoping project has been set up to determine what additional resource is needed.

Once completed, funding for a three year pilot scheme will be provided. This will enable expertise to be built through specialist training and upskilling of dedicated Local Authority staff.

The review also supports the ban of third party sales of dogs and the Minister has committed to legislating on this issue before the end of this Senedd.

Minister Lesley Griffiths said:

We all want to see the highest welfare standards for animals in Wales. Part of this is to drive up the welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises.

I would like to thank the Animal Health and Welfare Group for reacting so quickly and producing their comprehensive report. Some of the recommendations can be delivered through existing legislation and I’m keen to see these progress as a matter of urgency before proposing amendments to the current Breeding Regulations.

The combination of new regulations on pet sales and dedicated funding for enforcement and delivery of the Breeding Regulations, will result in lasting improvements to the welfare standards of puppies bred in Wales.

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

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Remember Brexit? Oh if we could only have it back – it was better than Covid-19 anyday!

Reminder – The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020

EU Day

We are now in a transition period; during this time, the way you do business with the EU will not change.

However, you will need to prepare and make changes to continue to do business at the end of the transition period.

You will find all the information that you need about this on the Preparing Wales website.

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Top Welsh Government News Stories From February…

February highlights – Welsh Governments top news stories from last month!

zerowaste

Have your say on plans to create a zero waste Wales

The Welsh Government wants your views on its plans to make Wales the world’s top recycling nation and help us become a truly circular economy, at a series of Beyond Recycling Consultation Events across Wales. Read more

COWS

Minister welcomes additional funding to promote Welsh red meat

Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed confirmation the Britain-wide Red Meat Levy Ring-fenced Fund will increase from £2million to £3.5million next year, after agreement was reached between the Red Meat Levy boards in Wales, Scotland and England. 

Read more

Mark Drakeford

First Minister establishes emergency funding relief scheme

A multi-million pound emergency fund to deal with the immediate impact of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford. 

Read more

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Welsh News – Updates to regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales…

Update to regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales

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The final stage of our Oil Storage Regulations come into force on

15 March 2020. The regulations to protect the environment and properties as a result

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Welsh News – Welfare Standards for Dogs, at Breeding Premises to be raised, says Welsh Minister…

Lesley Griffiths commits to driving up welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises

A commitment to improve welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises in Wales has been made by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. Read more

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A report, produced by the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, reviewing the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales Regulations 2014) has been published today.
The recommendations include a need for:

  • Greater consistency in the inspection and enforcement of breeding regulations
  • A review of the licensing process, including application of a staff to adult dog ratio appropriate to the breeding premises
  • The need for better welfare standards for all breeding dogs rather than only those at licensed premises

To deliver improvements and consistency in the inspection and enforcement of the breeding regulations, which is undertaken by Local Authorities, a scoping project has been set up to determine what additional resource is needed.

Once completed, funding for a three year pilot scheme will be provided. This will enable expertise to be built through specialist training and upskilling of dedicated Local Authority staff.

The review also supports the ban of third party sales of dogs and the Minister has committed to legislating on this issue before the end of this Senedd.

Minister Lesley Griffiths said:

We all want to see the highest welfare standards for animals in Wales. Part of this is to drive up the welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises.

I would like to thank the Animal Health and Welfare Group for reacting so quickly and producing their comprehensive report. Some of the recommendations can be delivered through existing legislation and I’m keen to see these progress as a matter of urgency before proposing amendments to the current Breeding Regulations.

The combination of new regulations on pet sales and dedicated funding for enforcement and delivery of the Breeding Regulations, will result in lasting improvements to the welfare standards of puppies bred in Wales.

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Welsh News – Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

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Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

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Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn has visited the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to see the vital work being undertaken to allow visitors and residents to enjoy this protected landscape, its wildlife and heritage.

During her visit to St David’s, the Deputy Minister was introduced to Park Authority staff and volunteers and held talks with Members and Officers of the National Park Authority, where they discussed a range of important issues including climate change, biodiversity, tourism and affordable housing.

The Deputy Minister also toured Oriel y Parc, an innovative gallery and visitor centre, operated in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, which interprets and brings to life the National Park’s landscape for its many visitors. She also visited St Justinian – and enjoyed a walk along a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which boasts a small harbour and the St David’s Lifeboat Station.

The Welsh Government has continued its commitment to ensuring Wales’ National Parks and their communities prosper and flourish, with close to £15m in funding recently approved in the 2020-21 Welsh Government budget. This will include close to £5m of new capital funding to help National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) respond to the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and the impact of tourism.

During the visit the Deputy Minister highlighted the need for NPAs to continue supporting the Welsh Government’s efforts to achieve a carbon neutral public sector by 2030, while stimulating the significant economic, social and environmental benefit this can bring.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn said:

Our fantastic National Parks offer us access to some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery. It was great to learn more about the work the team here in Pembrokeshire are doing, managing these landscapes for local communities and visitors alike.

Our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are very special to the people of Wales and attract millions visitors each year.

The stunning landscapes play a vital role in delivering rich ecosystems and vibrant and resilient communities, providing a wide range of recreational opportunities. They are also well placed to respond to some of our greatest challenges around the urgent need to reduce emissions and support nature recovery.

I am pleased to be providing additional funding for our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty next financial year to enable them to have an even greater impact in these areas.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chairman, Cllr Paul Harries added: 

We were pleased to welcome the Deputy Minister to the Pembrokeshire Coast and provide an insight into all the work that goes into managing the National Park for local people and visitors alike, thanks to the continued support provided by the Welsh Government.

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

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Welsh Climate Change Conference – Climate Change News…

Young people with a passion for protecting the planet come together for climate conference

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Young people came together to make a pledge to join the Welsh Government in its response to the climate emergency.

The conference built on the success of last year’s first Climate Change Wales Conference, bringing together young people with a passion for protecting our planet. Read more

The conference built on the success of last year’s first Climate Change Wales Conference, bringing together young people with a passion for protecting our planet.

The focus of Welsh Government’s response to the climate emergency is on supporting collective action. From recycling to nature restoration, and from transport to research and skills, achieving the ambitious goals set by government will require contributions from every public body, every business and every community in Wales. This week’s events are part of strengthening the role of young people in making that collective action possible.

Hosted by ITV’s Ruth Wignall, with key speakers Extreme Environment Athlete Richard Parks, Future Generations Academy for Young Leaders representative Molly Palmer and Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths, the conference encouraged those attending to share their experiences of climate change and to commit to a low carbon future.

Pledges, designed by young people for themselves, their schools and their communities, will be collected and incorporated into the next Low Carbon Delivery Plan.

Those who attended will also be actively involved in developing resources which can be used to help other young people around Wales be more engaged in the decisions which need to be taken to respond to the climate emergency.

Speaking about his involvement and excitement for the conference, Richard Parks said:

Over the last decade I’ve experienced an increasing volatility in the Antarctic environment. Sharing my challenges and helping others develop a relationship with this critical cog in our planet’s climate has always been important in my projects.

However, the reality now is that we don’t have to look further than our doorstep here in Wales to see the devastating impact of extreme weather events. Each of us needs to understand our situation and how we are the solution for our future.

I was super excited to spend the day learning at the Climate Change Youth Conference. It terrifies me to think what kind of planet my son will inherit when he grows up if we don’t start learning and acting together.

Molly Palmer said:

As a young person, I was excited to share my experiences with others similar to my age. Whilst Wales has been doing a lot of work to change the way that we think about climate change – I think we are not moving quickly enough, that’s why I welcome this conference and the opportunities it brings.

Until the floods people in the UK were generally oblivious to the effects of climate change. From the Australian wild fires to other natural disasters across the globe – we as a country have felt so far removed. But, the last few weeks have proved to us that the threat is very real.

It is now in the hands of us as a generation to change the path of our future and it is our duty to make sure that we work to make the world a better place for the future generations. I truly believe that Wales has the power to lead not only the UK, but the world in changing mind sets and getting the ball rolling.

Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths said:

At these events we are supporting young people in their role in driving Wales’ response to the climate emergency. This is one of the ways we are working with young people to enable them to make a full contribution to our new all-Wales plan to be published in 2021.

There is no doubt the profound change in public opinion we have seen in relation to the climate emergency has been driven by the action young people have already taken.

This Welsh Government is determined to make sure we’re doing everything we can to enable young people in Wales to fulfil their ambitions to accelerate action.

This is not only the right thing to do – working collectively in this way is required by our Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and is the only way we will be able to achieve the scale of social and economic transformation we need to see in Wales and globally.

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Welsh News – Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

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Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

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Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn has visited the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to see the vital work being undertaken to allow visitors and residents to enjoy this protected landscape, its wildlife and heritage.

During her visit to St David’s, the Deputy Minister was introduced to Park Authority staff and volunteers and held talks with Members and Officers of the National Park Authority, where they discussed a range of important issues including climate change, biodiversity, tourism and affordable housing.

The Deputy Minister also toured Oriel y Parc, an innovative gallery and visitor centre, operated in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, which interprets and brings to life the National Park’s landscape for its many visitors. She also visited St Justinian – and enjoyed a walk along a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which boasts a small harbour and the St David’s Lifeboat Station.

The Welsh Government has continued its commitment to ensuring Wales’ National Parks and their communities prosper and flourish, with close to £15m in funding recently approved in the 2020-21 Welsh Government budget. This will include close to £5m of new capital funding to help National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) respond to the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and the impact of tourism.

During the visit the Deputy Minister highlighted the need for NPAs to continue supporting the Welsh Government’s efforts to achieve a carbon neutral public sector by 2030, while stimulating the significant economic, social and environmental benefit this can bring.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn said:

Our fantastic National Parks offer us access to some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery. It was great to learn more about the work the team here in Pembrokeshire are doing, managing these landscapes for local communities and visitors alike.

Our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are very special to the people of Wales and attract millions visitors each year.

The stunning landscapes play a vital role in delivering rich ecosystems and vibrant and resilient communities, providing a wide range of recreational opportunities. They are also well placed to respond to some of our greatest challenges around the urgent need to reduce emissions and support nature recovery.

I am pleased to be providing additional funding for our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty next financial year to enable them to have an even greater impact in these areas.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chairman, Cllr Paul Harries added: 

We were pleased to welcome the Deputy Minister to the Pembrokeshire Coast and provide an insight into all the work that goes into managing the National Park for local people and visitors alike, thanks to the continued support provided by the Welsh Government.

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

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Welsh Government Partner With Keep Wales Tidy To Provide Nature Starter Packs for Nature Community in Wales

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The Welsh Government has launched a major new scheme which aims to empower communities to bring nature ‘to your doorstep’ and help halt and reverse the decline in nature.

In partnership with Keep Wales Tidy, over 800 pre-paid ‘Starter packages’ are being made available to communities across Wales. The packages include items like native plants and seeds, peat-free compost, tools and even bug and bee hotels.DAFFODILS

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Starter packages will include all materials needed to create a community nature area, guidance on how to install it and Keep Wales Tidy officer time to provide advice and support.

Read more or click here to access the Keep Wales Tidy website for more information.

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