Are you or someone close to you aged 65 years or over?

 

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and Age Cymru would like to hear your views on slips, trips and falls.

 

  • Do you know how they happen, and how the risk of having one can be lowered?
  • Do you know what services you can expect to receive if you are at increased risk of falls?
  • If you have experienced a fall, what happened next for you?
    • We are interested in relatively ‘minor’ falls right the way through to those that resulted in admission to hospital

We would be very grateful if you would come along to our focus group and have a friendly, informal discussion with our volunteer facilitators, all of whom are eager to connect with you and hear what you have to say.

 

Your views will be used anonymously to inform a report being published by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales later in the year for the attention of the Welsh Government, in response to their ‘A Healthier Wales’ strategy.

 

The first focus group is taking place at 10.30am on 26 February at: Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn, Y Cartref, Bontnewydd, Caernarfon, Gwynedd  LL54 7UW

 

The Second focus group is taking place at 10.30am on 28 February at: Stow Park Community Centre, Brynhyfryd Road, Newport NP20 4FX

 

If you would like to attend, please contact Kathy Lye by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 029 2043 1570

This article is also listed on our Brexit News Hub.

Via the Brexit Civil Society Alliance and written by Ollie Persey (Public Law Project) with assistance from Victor Anderson.

 

When ministers and civil servants were thinking about how to put the implications of Brexit into legislation, they had two alternatives. One was to put each of the laws which currently apply in the UK as a result of its membership of the EU into UK law through a series of separate pieces of legislation. The other was just to cut and paste the whole of those laws into UK law through a single bill, leaving open the possibility of changing or repealing some EU-derived laws later on.

They chose this second option and this is the basis of “retained EU law”, which was put into the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Originally this was very misleadingly called “The Great Repeal Bill”, but rather than repeal EU laws, it simply transfers them into UK law. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (‘the Act’). So rather than a presumption that the laws acquired through EU membership no longer apply unless Parliament explicitly agrees them, the presumption now is that initially they will all continue to apply.

Types of Retained EU Law

Retained EU law is defined in section 6(7) of the Act as “anything which, on or after exit day, continues to be, or forms part of, domestic law by virtue of section 2, 3 or 4 or subsection (3) or (6) above (as that body of law is added to or otherwise)”. The key categories are set out below:

EU-derived Domestic Legislation

Section 2(1) provides that “EU-derived domestic legislation, as it has effect in domestic law immediately before exit day, continues to have effect in domestic law on and after exit day”. “EU-derived domestic legislation” has a very technical definition in section 2(2) of the Act and there are dangers in oversimplifying it. It includes secondary legislation, such as regulations or orders, made to implement EU obligations, for example those contained in EU Directives. Under s2(2) of the European communities Act 1972 (‘ECA’), Ministers are able to implement EU Directives into UK law through secondary legislation without needing an Act of Parliament. For example, the Working Time Regulations 1998/1833 were passed to implement Council Directive 93/104/EC concerning certain aspects of the organization of working time, and related provisions in other Directives.

“EU-derived domestic legislation” under the Act also includes other enactments (including Acts of Parliament) so far as “passed or made, or operating, for a purpose mentioned in section 2(2)(a) or (b) of the ECA: those purposes are “implementing any EU obligation of the United Kingdom, or enabling any such obligation to be implemented, or of enabling any rights enjoyed or to be enjoyed by the United Kingdom under or by virtue of the Treaties to be exercised”, or anything related to these purposes. This appears to broaden the definition of “EU-derived domestic legislation” beyond secondary legislation which was enacted to implement an EU obligation, but it is unclear how far it does so. For example, it is likely to be contentious whether parts of the Equality Act 2010 fall within this definition of retained EU-derived domestic legislation.


Direct EU Legislation

“Retained direct EU legislation” means any direct EU legislation which forms part of domestic law by virtue of section 3 of the Act (as modified by or under the Act or by other domestic law from time to time, and including any instruments made under it on or after exit day). Section 3(1) provides that “Direct EU legislation”, so far as operative immediately before exit day, forms part of domestic law on and after exit day. Subject to exceptions that are detailed in the Act, direct EU legislation includes EU regulations, decisions and tertiary legislation, any Annex to the EEA agreement and Protocol 1 to the EEA agreement. This type of EU law has “direct effect” in the UK under the ECA, meaning that the rights and obligations which it creates can be relied on in the UK, without the need for any domestic legislation. For example, Regulation (EU) No 492/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on freedom of movement for workers within the Union gives EU workers and their families certain rights in the UK which they can rely on without there being any domestic legislation to give effect to those rights.

“Rights etc.”

Section 4 of the Act sets out how other rights are retained under the Act. Broadly, it provides that rights, power, powers, liabilities, obligations, restrictions, remedies and procedures that are “recognised in domestic law” by virtue of the conduit pipe in s2(1) of the ECA are retained. This includes Treaty rights which can be relied on directly and also some rights under Directives which have not been correctly or fully implemented in domestic law, but only if they have already been recognised by a domestic court or the European court. General principles of EU law (that were recognised by the European Court in a case decided before exit day) are also retained for interpretative purposes (see section 6(7)).

Notably, the EU Charter of Fundamental rights is not retained EU law (see section 5(4)) and there is no right of action in domestic law based on general principles of EU law (see schedule 1, section 3).

Status of Retained EU Law

Section 7 of the Act sets out the “status” of the various types of retained EU law and the processes by which they can be amended. Other provisions of the Act, particularly sections 8 and 9, give powers to Ministers to amend Retained EU law using secondary legislation. There was significant debate in Parliament about how wide the scope should be for the Government to make changes to retained EU law through statutory instruments, which have far less parliamentary scrutiny than provisions in primary legislation (i.e. Acts of Parliament) do.

Like much of the Act, Section 7 is very technical and there are dangers in oversimplifying it. Section 7(1) says that “EU-derived domestic legislation” which is retained under section 2 (see above) can be amended by secondary legislation only if it could have been amended in that way before exit day. So if the EU-derived legislation is contained in an Act of Parliament then the only way it can be amended is by another Act of Parliament, or a power to make secondary legislation which authorises amendments to primary legislation (a ‘Henry VIII power’).

The provisions relating to other kinds of retained EU law are more complicated. For the purposes of illustrating how retained EU law can be amended, it is worth considering just one subcategory of retained “direct” EU legislation: retained direct principal EU legislation, which includes most EU regulations.

The Act provides in s7(2) and Schedule 8 that retained direct principal legislation can be amended through:

Primary legislation;

Powers conferred under existing acts which are already Henry VIII powers (Sch 8 para 3(1))

Other delegated powers insofar as the modification is supplementary, incidental or consequential (Sch 8 para 5(3)(a)) or a power to make transitional, transitory or saving provision (Sch 8 para 5(4)(a))

Any power which permits modification of such legislation contained in the EU(W)A, or an Act of Parliament passed in the same Session as the EU(W)A or after it is passed.

Section 7 sets out how different types of retained EU law can be amended and is worth reading in detail.

How much repeal and amendment there will be is a political question, depending on what Government and Parliament want to do with their new powers. They might, for example, embark on a thorough deregulation strategy, particularly if new trade agreements lead in that direction. The “retained EU law” principle only sets out what the starting point is going to be on “exit day”.

The Mentor Ring is recruiting volunteer mentors to support vulnerable individuals in Cardiff.

Volunteer Mentor

Are you interested in mentoring someone? Do you have the spare time to support someone who needs support?

What you will gain in this role?

As a Volunteer Mentor you will improve communication and personal skills and also develop leadership and management qualities.

Becoming a Volunteer Mentor will increase your confidence and motivation and you will benefit from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth, as well as gaining recognition through accredited courses for your skills and experience.

We require at least two hours per week commitment for three to six months as a Volunteer Mentor

The roles of a Volunteer Mentor.

  • Participate in initial and ongoing training
  • Work with the mentee to identify goals, objectives and to help them work towards these
  • Provide support, guidance and encouragement
  • Participate in initial and ongoing training
  • Work with the mentee to identify goals, objectives and to help them work towards these
  • Provide support, guidance and encouragement
  • Meet with a mentee on a weekly (or agreed regular) basis as arranged
  • Be non-judgemental
  • Maintain records for monitoring and tracking purposes
  • Use own initiative to identify and access relevant sources
  • Participate in supervision meetings
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the project/scheme confidentiality policy

For more information, please contact:

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029 2132 1073
029 2002 6157

During 2017 Age Alliance Wales carried out two surveys relating to social care. The first survey aimed to capture the opinions of older people, their families and carers, on how the Social Service and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 had impacted on older people’s lives and their experiences of accessing support and care services.  The second survey, covering the same areas of interest as the first, sought to capture the opinions of professionals working directly with older people requiring care and support.

The results of those surveys can be found HERE, with the summary version HERE

Two years have passed since those surveys were carried out, so we now wish to re-run them in order to evaluate the current position and whether matters have changed since 2017 (we are using what are essentially identical questions, allowing comparisons to be made with the 2017 findings).

 

The first survey, aimed at older people and their carers, can be found online at:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AAWReact1E (English language) or https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AAWReact1W (Welsh language)

Paper copies can also be supplied for those who prefer them – just call me on 029 2043 1555 and I’ll put one in the post.

 

The second survey, aimed at professionals who work directly with older people, can be found at:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AAWReact2E (English language) or https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AAWReact2W  (Welsh language).

Via South Riverside Community Development Centre:

 

Riverside.pdf