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Written Statement - Publication of the Summary Report of Responses to the consultation document ‘Supporting our Public Service Workforce through Collective Leadership and Legislation: Consultation on a Draft Public Services (Workforce) (Wales) Bill’

Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Public Services

Today I am publishing the Summary Report of Responses to the consultation document ‘Supporting our Public Service Workforce through Collective Leadership and Legislation: Consultation on a Draft Public Services (Workforce) (Wales) Bill’ which was published on 28 November 2013. Views were invited on the proposals as part of a 12 week consultation exercise which formally ended on 21 February 2014.

This has been published on the Welsh Government website and is available below:

http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/improving/supporting-public-service-workforce/?status=closed&lang=en

The Welsh Ministers have considered the responses to the consultation in deciding the way forward.  In light of the responses  and the findings of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery, led by Sir Paul Williams. the then Minister for Local Government and Government Business announced in Plenary on 14 May 2014, the Welsh Government had decided not to bring forward a Bill on this issue during this Assembly.

I am committed to ensuring the interests of our dedicated public service workforce are at the forefront of reform to maintain and improve public services for the people of Wales.

 Public services currently face the unprecedented challenges of reducing funding and increasing demand. In: Devolution, Democracy and Delivery: Improving public services for people in Wales; and Devolution, Democracy and Delivery: White Paper – Reforming Local Government published on 8 July 2014 we outlined these challenges and our proposed response, including the establishment of a Staff Commission to support Local Authority mergers.

I am currently seeking views on the potential role and remit of this Commission and remind all interested parties to put forward their ideas by the closing date of 1 October 2014.