Archives for Welsh Government News

Wales Rural Network News Roundup from 2020

What’s Happening in Wales? Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows 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. 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. Micro Small
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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
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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
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Latest Business Wales News… #WelshBiz

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. 3 April 2020 Finance | Starting up | Marketing | Skills & Training | Business Ideas & Innovation | IT £500 million Economic Resilience Fund launched for Wales The Welsh Government has announced a new £500 million fund to provide extra support to the Welsh economy, businesses and charities experiencing a sharp drop in trading as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out more here… Coronavirus: latest information and business support The latest on the business support available, from business rate relief, business grants, support for the self-employed, access to finance to the support available for employees. Find out
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Latest News on EU Funds In Wales

      FAQs on the impact of Coronavirus 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. News headlines 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.   Your views wanted on the future of Regional Investment in Wales The Welsh
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Latest Welsh Government Coronavirus Update from Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services

Written Statement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services First published: 21 March 2020 Last updated: 21 March 2020 Share this page Twitter Facebook Email 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
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Former and future health and social care professionals needed – Welsh Government News…

PRESS RELEASE Former and future health and social care professionals needed to help Wales respond to coronavirus 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 Share this page Twitter Facebook Email 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
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All the latest Welsh Business News – From Business Wales / Welsh Government…

News 18 March 2020 Coronavirus: Social distancing, flexible working and working from home Current UK government advice is for everyone to try and stop unnecessary contact with other people – ‘social distancing’. This includes: 18 March 2020 Coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses Following announcements in the Budget, the Department for Work and Pensions is making temporary arrangements to support those impacted by coronavirus. Extra support and measures will be in place for: 18 March 2020 New guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection New guidance advises people to stay at home for 14 days if someone in
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Welsh Government News for Businesses

17 March 2020 Finance | Starting up | Marketing | Skills & Training | Business Ideas & Innovation | IT Coronavirus: Letter to businesses 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
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Top Welsh Government News Stories From February…

February highlights – Welsh Governments top news stories from last month! 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 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
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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. 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
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Welsh News – Updates to regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales…

Update to regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales 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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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 Share this page Twitter Facebook Email 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
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Welsh News – Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline 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
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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   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
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Welsh Government Partner With Keep Wales Tidy To Provide Nature Starter Packs for Nature Community in Wales

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. 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
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Natural Resources Bulletin From Welsh Government…

In this edition:       1. Launch of exciting new initiative to boost nature ‘on your doorstep’ 2. Young people with a passion for protecting the planet come together for climate conference 3. Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline 4. Lesley Griffiths commits to driving up welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises 5. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 6. Update on the Fish Export Service 7. Update on regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales   8. Applications now open for UK Seafood Innovation Fund 9. February highlights – Our top news stories 10. Scheme windows 11. Consultations Launch of exciting
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Welsh News – Update on the Fish Export Service…

Update on the Fish Export Service The Fish Export Service was taken offline on 21 January 2020 as it is not required during the implementation period, which started when the UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January, and ends on 31 December 2020. The service was originally developed to produce Catch Certificates, Processing Statements and Storage Documents to enable export of fishery products to the EU in the event of a no deal exit. However, while the future partnership with the EU is negotiated, trading arrangements with the EU during the implementation period will continue as they were prior
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Welsh Business News / WelshBiz – Welsh Businesses to get Coronavirus Support from Welsh Government

First minister Mark Drakeford has promised to put every penny it receives from Budget announcement into helping firms on rates. Welsh Government has vowed that every penny of extra funding for Wales that stems from the UK chancellor’s decision to scrap business rates for thousands of English firms will go into supporting companies in Wales. Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday announced that the UK Government is scrapping business rates for small venues and shops this year in response to the coronavirus crisis. In his Budget speech, he said other venues, such as bed and breakfasts, gyms and leisure centres, with
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