Night time economy framework »The framework aims to help develop a sustainable, healthy and safe night time economy in Wales.Learn more »
Avian Influenza – Next Steps
Following the announcement to declare a new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales is reminding bird keepers to be prepared ahead of its implementation next Tuesday.
- Out of Work Service funding extended until 2020
- Carwyn Connect heads to Penygraig
- Avian Influenza – Next Steps
Section highlightLandfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme
The scheme will support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.
Final Budget 2017-18 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2017-18 is £15bn.Learn more »
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Written Statement - Southern Cross – Update on Restructuring
In my Written Statement of 25 July I informed Members of the progress made on the re-structuring of Southern Cross Healthcare Ltd and its intention of transferring all of its care homes to alternative care providers. Throughout this process the Welsh Government’s overriding concern has remained the welfare of each resident.
Over the summer officials have kept in close contact with Southern Cross’ senior management. We have been told that Southern Cross’ landlords have been working with four prospective providers who between them have now expressed an interest in operating all of the 33 care homes in Wales.
There are still a number of steps which need to be completed before this transition can occur. Agreements need to be signed between Southern Cross and the prospective providers to transfer its business and assets at each home to them and consultation with staff under the TUPE regulations is needed. We have been told these steps are underway.
In order to operate, the prospective providers must secure registration of their services with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW). This is to ensure they can deliver high quality, sustainable services. In addition, they need to demonstrate their financial viability to operate their homes. Registration is a crucial step, the new providers have a duty to demonstrate that they have the ability to meet the standards of care required in law and to be able to maintain these services for the future.
Contingency plans to respond to any adverse events continue to be maintained at a local level by local authorities and local health boards. In addition, the Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru has hosted two workshops for authorities and health boards to share best practice in the development of these plans and also to meet with representatives from the prospective alternative care providers.