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Health consultation response
In this consultation, we are calling for the Committee to look at two specific issues; the GP shortage in Wales, and business models within the social care sector. We also highlight the development of the Co-operative Care Sector, the of co-operatives in the care system as well as social value in procurement.
Economy consultation response
This consultation focuses the role, and potential expanded role, of social enterprise in the Welsh economy – and the future of specialist support that can be provided for the sector, how social enterprise can be embedded in the decarbonisation agenda, to ensure that the economic and environmental impact is maximised, and what must be done to ensure that the Welsh Government meets its commitment to double the number of employee-owned businesses in Wales.
Local Government consultation response
This consultation response highlights the benefits and potential of co-operative and community-led principles in embedding well-being our economy and local ecosystems.
Culture, Communications, Welsh Language, Sport and International Relations: priorities for the sixth Senedd
This report outlines the important role social enterprises play in supporting communities, families and individuals that are socially or financially excluded. It also explores the potential for community-led housing to support Welsh language communities, and how community-led models support the housing needs of a local community, ensuring that there is sufficient affordable housing available, which in-turn protects the survival of the Welsh language.
Priorities for the Climate Change, Environment, and Infrastructure Committee
The Social Enterprise Stakeholder Group’s response concentrated on Welsh Government’s priorities for climate change. It outlined how there should be a bold and ambitious role for social enterprise in delivering a green economy and just green transition. We believe that Welsh Government could go further in harnessing the potential of the sector to deliver against this agenda. Welsh Government policies relating to the climate emergency and protecting the environment should promote social enterprise as the business model of choice for organisations working and wanting to work in this area.
Housing consultation response
This consultation outlines how the co-operative and community-led housing has the potential to make a real difference as part of the solution to the housing crisis in Wales, and also specifies potential policy interventions that can help to overcome barriers.
Children, Young People and Education Committee: priorities for the sixth Senedd
This consultation focuses on how social enterprise can be embedded in the learning experience for young people in Wales in its work.
Carbon Neutral Cardiff consultation response
Wales Co-operative Centre was asked to prepare a response relating to Cardiff City Council’s draft Carbon Neutral Cardiff Strategy. This ambitious strategy is a positive and ambitious step for the City Council. The response from Wales Co-operative Centre highlighted the need to engage the business community in delivering the strategy and emphasised the role the social businesses can play in local supply chains. The response was presented to the Council’s Environment Scrutiny Committee.
Welsh Economy and COVID-19: Welsh Affairs Select Committee inquiry
This Welsh Affairs Select Committee consultation related to how Wales and the UK planned to emerge from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the support that would be needed for the Welsh economy, as we started the recovery process. The response outlined the importance of the social business sector in the recovery and rebuild phase and emphasised the need for support for the hospitality, culture and tourism sectors in Wales.
A Framework for Regional Investment in Wales consultation response
This consultation focussed on the plans for Regional investment in Wales. Our response broadly supported the proposals and we highlighted the need for some funding streams, such as those for business support, to remain at a pan Wales level. The submission also emphasised the productive and competitive role that social businesses play within the Welsh economy and the vital contribution that they will make in the post COVID recovery.
Welsh Affairs Committee Call for Evidence: Wales and the Shared Prosperity Fund
This consultation from the Welsh Affairs Committee examined plans for how Wales could receive funding after the UK leaves the EU. As a number of Wales Co-operative Centre’s projects, such as Social Business Wales, are funded via European Structural Funds our response supported that the existing funding streams that come to Wales, should continue to be held in Wales to be distributed. The response also supported Welsh Government’s proposals for a Framework for Regional Investment in Wales.
Senedd inquiry: COVID-19 and its impact on equality, local government and communities
The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee undertook an inquiry into the Covid-19 outbreak in Wales. The inquiry considered the impact of coronavirus, and the response to it, on local government, housing, equalities, tackling poverty and human rights. Our submission focused on the impact on those who are digitally-excluded and the work of Digital Communities Wales in response to this crisis.
Senedd inquiry: COVID-19 and its impact on culture, creative industries, heritage, communications and sport
The inquiry will consider the impact of the outbreak, and its management on sectors under the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee’s remit. Our submission highlighted the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the arts/entertainment/recreation sector, the sector with the highest proportion of social enterprises in Wales.
Senedd inquiry: Covid-19 and its impact on health and social care
This inquiry considered the impact of the outbreak, and its management, on health and social care services in Wales. Our submission highlighted the stark impact on digital exclusion on older people in Wales, which has been exacerbated by the current crisis. It also highlighted the work of Digital Communities Wales in response to the crisis, and especially its Digital Device scheme in care homes across the country.
Our Future Wales consultation response
The Welsh Government issued an invitation to send thoughts on how they should support future post-Covid recovery and reconstruction in Wales. Our response highlighted the 10 priority asks that we have developed, that prioritise the development of a well-being economy and digital inclusion in Wales.