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New rights to complain about private social services and palliative care services come into force

People in Wales who fund their own social care or receive palliative care will be able to make complaints about those services to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (PSOW) under a change to the law coming into force today (Saturday 1 November).

Welsh Cancer Drugs Fund petition accepted

The Welsh Labour Government has today issued a statement announcing changes to the Individual Patient Funding Request process, just minutes before the presentation of a petition demanding a Cancer Treatments Fund, signed by 98,230 people.

Be A Good Neighbour For National Consumer Week

Residents are being urged to join the fight against doorstep crime during National Consumer Week – by protecting themselves – and helping to protect the elderly and the vulnerable from offenders, too.

ESA claimants set for leap ‘from frying-pan into fire’ as Maximus wins WCA contract

The government has sparked fury after appointing a US company with a lengthy record of discrimination, incompetence and alleged fraud to take over delivery of its controversial “fitness for work” tests from the much-criticised Atos Healthcare.

Prosecutions double for abuse or neglect of people who lack capacity

Number of care workers or carers charged with offences under Mental Capacity Act 2005 reached all-time high in 2013-14

by Andy McNicoll on November 5, 2014 in Adult safeguarding, Adults, Care Work, Mental Capacity Act

Eighty percent of low income households are worried about energy bills

This winter, Citizens Advice is offering record levels of support to vulnerable people who are struggling with their energy bills. Thirty eight per cent of people told the charity that, before getting help from the programme, they couldn’t heat their homes enough to be comfortable.

Heed Warnings on Cuts to Children’s Services

Labour cuts should not hit vulnerable children

Plaid Cymru has called on the Labour Government to step up support for young people after a series of critical reports about children’s services.

Welsh infants are missing out on free school meals

Kids school mealTo mark National School Meals Week, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised the Welsh Labour Government for refusing to give free school meals to all infants in Wales, despite being given money that would allow it to do so.

Bad start for the Education Workforce Council: Barely half of lecturers know about it, and resentment is growing about 'tax on teaching'

The Education Act of 2014 makes provision for the transformation of the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) into the Education Workforce Council (EWC). All teachers currently registered with the GTCW will be transferred to the EWC.

Remembrance Sunday Road Closures

Temporary road closures in place for a few hours on Remembrance Sunday to allow parades and services to be held

A number of roads across Rhondda Cynon Taf will be closed temporarily on Sunday, November 9, 2014, while Remembrance Sunday services and parades are held.