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10 January 2022
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Response to Estyn Thematic Report - All-age schools

19 January 2022

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language has agreed the Welsh Government’s response to Estyn’s thematic report, All-age schools in Wales.

Welsh language budget

19 January 2022

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language has agreed reallocation of the 2021 to 2022 Welsh language budget.

Reprioritisation of Welsh language promotion in Business funding to increase the interpersonal use of Welsh

19 January 2022

The Minister for Education and the Welsh Language has agreed to the allocated funds to increase the interpersonal use of Welsh in line with the Cymraeg 2050 Work Programme: 2021 to 2026.

Velindre enabling works Full Business Case

19 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services has agreed the Velindre University NHS Trust Enabling Works Business Case for the new Velindre Cancer Centre.   

Cardigan Mash 

19 January 2022

The Minister and Deputy Minister for Climate Change have agreed the allocation of £540k Transforming Towns grant funding for the Cardigan Mash project based in Cardigan. 

National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare – Relaxations

19 January 2022

The Deputy Minister for Social Services has agreed temporary relaxation of national minimum standards for regulated childcare for children up to the age of 12 years.

Professional Advice Fees

18 January 2022

The Minister and Deputy Minister for Climate Change have approved expenditure for professional advice to support a valuation in relation to a rail related project in South Wales. 

Economy Futures Fund – The Investment Panel Meeting of 23rd November 2021

18 January 2022

The First Minister has agreed to reject an application to the Economy Futures Fund.

Economy Futures Fund – The Investment Panel Meeting of 14th December 2021

18 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has agreed Economy Futures Funding for a project in Cardiff.

Borrowing Approval Application - Llanedi Community Council

18 January 2022

The Minister for Finance and Local Government has agreed to approve the issuing of a Borrowing Approval to Llanedi Community Council during the 2021 to 2022 financial year for £600,000.

Feasibility study for Bridgend Railway Station area

18 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change and the Deputy Minister for Climate Change have agreed transforming towns development funding of up to £35,000 to support a feasibility study for the Bridgend Railway Station area.

Refresh to Digital and Data Strategy for Health and Care

18 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services has agreed advice on the approach to refresh the Digital and Data Strategy for Health and Care.

Together for Children and Young People (2) Programme

17 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Deputy Minister for Social Services have agreed the short term extension of 6 months to retain 2 work streams from the Together for Children and Young People (2) Programme. 

Integrated Care Fund

17 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed funding for two projects in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region and two projects in the Gwent region.

Low Carbon Strategy for Property Division

17 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has agreed to the appointment of consultants to develop a Low Carbon Strategy for the Property Division.

Extension of Tell Me More Project 

13 January 2022

The Deputy Minister for Social Services agreed funding to extend the Tell Me More project to March 2022. The project engages directly with care home residents about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Transport Grants Guidance 2022 to 2023

13 January 2022

The Minister and Deputy Minister for Climate Change have agreed the capital grant funding arrangements for local transport grants financial Year 2022 to 2023.

Help to Buy Wales Phase 3 Post Sales Charges

13 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has determined not to introduce post sales charges for Help to Buy Wales phase 3 customers at this time.

Revised Regulatory Standards for Registered Social Landlords in Wales

13 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed to the publication of the revised Regulatory Framework for Housing Associations Registered in Wales.

Reappointment of Non-Executive Director to Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust

13 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan AS has reappointed Anoopa Joga Singh as Non-Executive Director to the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust for a period of 4 years, from 9 December 2021 until 8 December 2025.   

Rental Increase for social landlords - interim arrangements for 2022 to 2023

13 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed the interim maximum rental increase for social landlords for the 2022 to 2023 financial year and the ongoing suspension of target rent bands for social housing.

Safe Routes in Communities application process – 2022 to 2023

13 January 2022

The Deputy Minister for Climate Change has agreed the application process for the Safe Routes in Communities Grant 2022 to 2023.

Property Transfer of Unit 2 Gwaun Elai Medi Campus, Llantrisant

13 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has approved the sale of land at Llantrisant.

Interactive labour market intelligence analysis tools

13 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has agreed to the extended funding for procurement of interactive labour market intelligence analysis tools.

Funding for Wales' participation in the Employer Skills Survey 2022

13 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has agreed to the funding for Wales’ participation in the Employer Skills Survey 2022.

Ystadau Cymru

13 January 2022

The Minister for Finance and Local Government has approved budget of £300,000 for Ystadau Cymru to commission consultants to undertake a scoping exercise to identify areas of the public estate that will maximise the contribution to Zero Carbon 2030 over the next five years.

Handling Allegations of Abuse

13 January 2022

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language has approved the commencement of the consultation process on revised Safeguarding in education: Handling allegations of abuse against teachers and staff guidance.

National Protocol for Comirnaty® (Children 5-11 years) COVID-19 mRNA vaccine

13 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services has agreed a national protocol to allow those who are registered health care professionals who do not normally vaccinate, and people who are not registered health care professionals, to safely administer a National Protocol for Comirnaty® (Children 5-11 years) COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.

Family Fund additional funding 

13 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Service and the Deputy Minister for Social Services have agreed to allocate an additional £230,000 one-off grant to the Family Fund Trust for 2021 to 2022.  

Planning for Local Places for Nature 2022 to 2023

13 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed a way forward for the coming years in regard to the Local Places for Nature programme.

Appointment of Independent Member Local Authority to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board 

11 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services has agreed to appoint Councillor Geraint E Hopkins as an Independent Member Local Authority to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. His appointment will be for 4 years and starts on 06/01/2022 until 05/01/2026.

Engagement with older people throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond

11 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services and the Deputy Minister for Social Services have agreed funding to support continuing direct engagement with a broad group of older people.

Emergency business support

11 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has agreed to the Covid package of emergency business support.

Local Transport Funding – December financial year 2021 to 2022

11 January 2022

The Minister and Deputy Minister for Climate Change have agreed funding for local transport grants for the financial year 2021 to 2022 with the exception of Carmarthenshire County Borough Council and City and County of Swansea, where the First Minister agreed to the Funding. 

Additional spend for the advancement of social and affordable homes

11 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed funding for the acquisition of land by Land Division and to aid Local Authorities to advance proposals to develop land and/or buildings for social and affordable homes. 

Ystadau Cymru Awards

11 January 2022

The Minister for Finance and Local Government has approved the recommendations for winning entries and overall winner for the Ystadau Cymru Awards.

Community Pharmacies

10 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services has agreed additional funding to increase access to the common ailment service and support the management of winter pressures in community pharmacies as well as making minor relaxations to contractual requirements for those pharmacies committing to improving access.

Period Dignity Grant

10 January 2022

The Minister for Social Justice has agreed proposals for a variation to the Period Dignity Grant for Financial Year 2021 to 2022 to allow a small percentage of the grant to be used for training and education and to extend provision to homeless people for the provision of clothing.

Support for people in care

10 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed a new £60.5 million capital funding programme, to run between 2022 and 2025, to support accommodation for people with care and support needs across Wales.

Commercial premises

10 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has agreed to the appointment of a consultant to prepare an outline design brief for new commercial premises.

Extension of a joint venture for new business units at Penrhos, Holyhead

10 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has agreed to extend a joint venture and provide additional funding to deliver another phase of business units at Penrhos, Holyhead.

Promotion of Welsh food and drink

10 January 2022

The Minister for Rural Affairs, North Wales and Trefnydd has agreed to commence the procurement process to replace the current contract supporting the promotion of Welsh food and drink.

Roll-out of LoRaWAN gateway devices

10 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has agreed to the roll-out of LoRaWAN gateway devices to northern valley local authorities.

S4C and Creative Wales Memorandum of Understanding

10 January 2022

The Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding between S4C and Creative Wales.

Bro Tathan

10 January 2022

The Minister for the Economy has approved the appointment of legal advisers to oversee the contracts awarded for utilities at Bro Tathan.

Land for housing scheme

10 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed the loan applications for the 2nd round of the 2021 to 2022 Land for Housing Scheme.

Rural housing enabler grant programme

10 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed to the continuation of the Rural Housing Enabler grant programme for the three year period 2022 to 2023, 2023 to 2024 and 2024 to 2025.

Media.cymru research and development

10 January 2022

The Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, and Chief Whip, has approved funding for the media.cymru research and development programme 2022 to 2026.

Time to Change Wales programme

10 January 2022

The Minister for Economy and Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing have agreed funding to Mind Cymru over three years, from April 2022, to deliver Phase 4 of the Time to Change Wales programme.

Natural Resources Wales 

10 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed to approve Natural Resources Wales drawing on a one-off £9 million guarantee of additional resources.

International relations communications

10 January 2022

The First Minister has agreed to appoint an external agency to support the delivery of communications related to the International Strategy and international action plans.

Public Services Boards

10 January 2022

The Minister for Finance and Local Government has agreed the support package for Public Services Boards in 2022 to 2023; and the intended approach for support from 2023 to 2024.

Post-16 performance data

10 January 2022

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language agreed to the production of the achievement data element of the post-16 consistent performance measures for 2021 to 2022 for use by learning providers for internal monitoring and quality assurance processes as part of evaluation and improvement arrangements.

Family resources survey

10 January 2022

The Minister for Finance and Local Government has approved expenditure to boost the Family Resources Survey in Wales for the 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023 survey years.

Tech valleys programme

10 January 2022

The Minister for Economy and Deputy Minister for Arts and Sports, and Chief Whip have agreed to the Tech Valleys programme's request for delegated financial authority for studies and due diligence fees.

House of memories Cymru

10 January 2022

The Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, and Chief Whip, has approved support to a project to create a Welsh version of the award winning House of Memories app.

Football museum of Wales

10 January 2022

The Minister for Economy and Deputy Minister for Arts and Sports, and Chief Whip, have agreed to additional funding for the initial development phase of the Football Museum for Wales project including to establish and deliver a comprehensive pan-Wales stakeholder engagement programme, a virement of the existing grant and extension of the deadline for phase 1 from April to July 2022.

Local museums

10 January 2022

The Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, and Chief Whip, has approved a series of small interventions and projects, all with the aim of supporting the local museums sector and Programme for Government commitment to ‘Invest in Museums’.

Local museums

10 January 2022

The Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, and Chief Whip, has agreed to restart and continue participation in the UK Museum Accreditation Scheme; to commission a review of the scheme; and to commission an options appraisal and additional work to explore the national significance of objects held within local museums in Wales.

Support for education provision in the non-maintained sector

10 January 2022

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language has agreed grant funding to support early education provision in funded non-maintained settings.  

Maintenance costs in schools

10 January 2022

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language has agreed funding to support revenue maintenance costs in schools in 2021 to 2022.  

Upgrading the core valley lines

10 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change and Deputy Minister for Climate Change have agreed to fund design work to support the deployment of additional fibre and associated infrastructure on the core valley lines.

Basic Payment Scheme

10 January 2022

The Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd has agreed to set Wales’ Direct Payment budget for the Basic Payment Scheme 2022 at £238 million.

Welsh Building Safety Fund

10 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed the principles of a scheme for some leaseholders in medium and high rise residential buildings (over 11m in height) who are in, or are facing, significant financial hardship as a result of potential fire safety issues.

Assessing power options at Celtic Lakes, Newport

10 January 2022

The Minister for Economy has agreed to the appointment of consultants to provide technical support.

Restricted roads speed limit

10 January 2022

The Minister for Climate Change has agreed the funding for local authorities in Wales to begin initial preparatory work for the proposed 20 mph default speed limit on restricted roads.

Appointment to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

10 January 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services has agreed to reappoint Lance Carver as an Associate Board Member, in his capacity as Director of Social Services at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, to the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Equality and inclusion funding

10 January 2022

The Minister for Social Justice has agreed equality and inclusion funding for 2022.