The first recommendation in this committee report states:
'The Welsh Government must, as a matter of urgency, refresh its woodland strategy with the aim of significantly increasing planting rates.'
And its final recommendation states:
As this Annual Review begins “The Equality and Human Rights Commission is here to make Wales a fairer place” – and as it states one of its key challenges is to “eliminate violence, abuse and harassment in the community”.
Universal credit is designed to help people into work, support people who need help or cannot work and it replaces a system which discouraged people from working more than 16 hours a week – and saw nearly 1.5 million people trapped on out of work benefits for nearly a decade.
As the January 2009 Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) publication ‘The public finances under Labour’ stated: “ Labour entered the current crisis with one of the largest structural budget deficits in the industrial world and a bigger debt than most OECD countries, having done less to reduce debt
I move Amendment 2, which regrets that the 2017 annual report for the Welsh Government’s 10-year substance misuse strategy, 'Working Together to Reduce Harm', shows that there has been an increase in both alcohol-related and drug-related deaths in Wales.
I cannot find any reference in this report on key lessons learnt from Communities First to key issues such as programme bending, grant-recipient bodies, the damning Wales Audit Office reports and the rejected proposals to take Communities First forward from 2012.
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