The Lobbying bill has its second reading in the House of Lords on 22 October, and opposition is growing from all quarters.

Sector bodies including NCVO, ACEVO, SCVO (Scotland) and WCVA are united in the view that the last minute amendments from the UK Government do not go far enough, meaning there is still significant uncertainty and ambiguity about which organisations may be caught by the bill's provisions.

Read the remainder of this article on the WCVA website.

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The Charity Commission has published the results of the consultation on proposed changes to the annual return and changes to the information displayed on the register of charities. Along with an analysis, the regulator has also announced the key changes charities should expect for 2014. 

Vibe Creative, in partnership with Race Equality First, has created Wales: Standing Together against Hate Crime, a DVD training resource aimed at raising awareness across Wales of hate crimes and their impact. 

 

The resource, funded by The Big Lottery and Welsh Government, includes 5 impactive stories from people whose lives have been affected by hate crime. The DVD features the Research Associate talking about the findings from the All Wales Hate Crime Research Project and messages from the Police and Crown Prosecution Service. 

 

You can watch a short trailer of the film here.

 

If you would like to register to use the resource, please contact Mair Rigby, Hate Crime Project Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Over 32,500 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks in Wales between April and September 2013, almost triple the numbers helped in the same period last year. The Trussell Trust says that hunger in the UK and across Wales is getting worse and the charity is calling for a public inquiry into the causes of UK food poverty and the consequent surge in foodbank usage.

 

Chris Mould, Executive Chairman of The Trussell Trust says: ‘We said in April that the increasing numbers of people turning to foodbanks should be a wake-up call to the nation, but there has been no policy response and the situation is getting worse. The level of food poverty in the UK is not acceptable. It’s scandalous and it is causing deep distress to thousands of people. The time has come for an official and in depth inquiry into the causes of food poverty and the consequent rise in the usage of foodbanks. As a nation we need to accept that something is wrong and that we need to act now to stop UK hunger getting worse.’

 

The Trussell Trust is writing to David Cameron asking him to look into questions on food poverty recently raised by the Government’s poverty tsar Frank Field MP.

 

Evidence from Trussell Trust foodbanks shows that rising living costs and stagnant wages are forcing more people to live on a financial knife edge where any change in circumstance can plunge them into poverty. Even marginal shifts in prices when people don’t have elasticity in their personal finances can have a major impact. Food prices have risen by 12.6% above inflation over the past six years and rising energy prices this winter are likely to see more people forced to choose between eating and heating. People at foodbanks have started giving back food items that need cooking because they can’t afford to turn on the electricity.

 

Many people on low-incomes are also being impacted by the implementation of April’s welfare reforms. Trussell Trust foodbanks are reporting increased referrals as a result of the spare room subsidy, sanctioning and confusion caused by the devolution of the Social Fund.

 

Chris Mould says: ‘Problems with welfare are not new, they have existed for years, but the reality is that when welfare provision breaks down, people go hungry. We’re talking about mums not eating for days because they’ve been sanctioned for seemingly illogical reasons, or people leaving hospital after a major operation to find that their benefits have been stopped or delayed. It’s not right that so many more people are now being referred to foodbanks due to problems with welfare, especially as much of this is preventable.

   

This is not about pointing fingers, it’s about finding solutions. That’s why we believe an enquiry is now essential’

 

Julian Rosser of Oxfam Cymru says "These figures lay bare the shocking scale of destitution, hardship and hunger in the UK. It is completely unacceptable that in the seventh wealthiest nation on the planet, the number of people turning to foodbanks has tripled.”

 

"Oxfam welcomes The Trussell Trust’s call for the Prime Minister to launch an urgent inquiry into why people are forced to turn to foodbanks."

Last week, British Red Cross announced that it will provide volunteers for the first time to support Tesco’s nationwide food collection for Trussell Trust Foodbanks and FareShare because it is so concerned by levels of UK hunger.

 

Tony Graham, Wales Manager for the Trussell Trust says ‘Trussell Trust foodbanks across Wales provide a much needed and vital lifeline to people facing hunger but far fewer people should be needing them and the rise in numbers we are reporting today must sound an alarm.’

  

Notes

  • ·The Trussell Trust is a Christian charity that launches foodbanks to provide three days’ nutritionally balanced non-perishable food to people in crisis.
  • ·Across the UK 355,985 people received a minimum of three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks across the UK between April - September 2013, more than the total number helped in the entirety of 2012-13 financial year (346,992). Of those helped, over 120,000 (35 percent) were children. These figures have been released to coincide with World Food Day (16th October 2013).
  • ·65,177 people (19%) were referred to Trussell Trust foodbanks due to benefit changes between April and September 2013,compared to almost 14,897 (14%) in same period last year. 117,442 people (35%)were referred due to benefit delay, compared to 35,597 (33%) last year.
  • ·Whilst there are now double the number of foodbanks open this year compared tothis time last year, numbers given emergency food have increased threefold and well-established foodbanks across the UK are reporting significant rises in numbers helped.
  • ·In Wales there are now 33 Trussell Trust foodbanks with distribution centres in over 70 Welsh towns and cities.
  • ·32,638 individuals were fed by Welsh foodbanks between April and September 2013, compared to 12,377 in the same period last year – almost triple the number.
  • ·In the whole of last year (April 2012 – March 2013) Trussell Trust foodbanks in Wales fed 35,604 individuals. Almost as many individuals have been fed in the first six months of this financial year (32,638).
  • ·In the Welsh Government’s latest ‘Tackling Poverty Action Plan’ there was no mention of Food Poverty or the use of Foodbanks across Wales.
  • ·The Trussell Trust is launching two to three new foodbanks every week to help meet demand and has launched 400 UK foodbanks in partnership with churches and communities to date.
  • ·The Trussell Trust foodbank model aims to help people break out of poverty rather than create dependency on a foodbank. As well as providing emergency food, Trussell Trust foodbanks also signpost clients to other agencies able to help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis.
  • ·Trussell Trust foodbank users are referred by a frontline care professional such as a doctor, social worker, CAB or schools liaison officer. Over 18,000 frontline care professionals across the UK refer clients to Trussell Trust foodbanks, 50 percent of which are statutory agencies.
  • ·Foodboxes contain at least three days’ supply of non-perishable foods such as tinned fruit, vegetables, meat and fish as well as pasta, cereal, UHT milk, sauces, tea, long-life juice. The Trussell Trust works with dieticians to ensure that foodboxes are nutritionally balanced. Over 90% of food given out by foodbanks is donated directly by the public.
  • ·Foodbank clients can receive up to three consecutive foodbank vouchers before our system flags that the foodbank should speak to the referral agent to make sure that their client is receiving proper support to help them out of their crisis. Longer term support is available at the discretion of the foodbank manager but our aim is to help people out of poverty and prevent dependency. Each voucher can be redeemed for at least three days food.
  • ·In 2008-09 Trussell Trust foodbanks across the UK gave three days’ emergency food to 26,000 people nationwide; in 2009-10: 41,000 were helped; in 2010-11: 61,468; in 2011-12: 128,697; in 2012-13: 346,992.
  • ·Foodbanks help to prevent housing loss, mental health problems, family breakdown and crime.
  • ·The Trussell Trust estimates that there would need to be 750-1,000 foodbanks to provide for people in crisis across the UK. Thousands of people are facing hunger today in towns with no foodbanks.
  • ·For World Food Day, The Trussell Trust ran an appeal called ‘Give it up for foodbanks’ to encourage more people to help stop UK hunger by giving up coffee, cake etc for a week and donating what they save.
  • ·The Trussell Trust receives no government funding and relies entirely on the generosity of the public, businesses and charitable trusts.
  • ·The Trussell Trust is a-political.
  • ·For more on foodbanks visit: www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects
  • ·The Trussell Trust is a Christian charity that partners with local communities to provide practical, non-judgemental help to people in crisis in the UK and Bulgaria: www.trusselltrust.org

 

 

Nearly half of Welsh population has not seen an NHS dentist for two years

Statistics released by the Welsh Government show just 55% of the population received dental treatment from the health service in the 24 months to March 2013.

   

Sport Wales school sports survey

Sport Wales has revealed a 50% increase in the number of Welsh children taking part in regular sport and physical activity.

    

Improving services for children and young people with eating disorders

It has been announced that £250,000 has been allocated to improve specialist services for children and young people with complex eating disorders in South Wales.

    

MMR jabs hit a high but targets missed

The latest figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) reveal 92.2% of children in Wales have received both measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations by the time they are five years old. But that is still below the 95% target rate set by health officials. Source: BBC News

    

Patients given chance to measure health boards' performance

The Welsh Government’s mylocalhealthservice website allows the public to access information and compare performance between health boards. Source: Wales Online

    

Who will take the lead in making healthy changes?

Lisa Turnbull, senior fellow at the Welsh Institute of Health and Social Care, writes about the potential for new public health legislation for Wales. Source: Wales Online

    

Winter Wellness checks available at pharmacies in October

A public health campaign is designed to encourage older people and others at risk to visit their local pharmacy to find out how to stay well over the winter months.

    

Use of school grounds for playing out of teaching hours

A toolkit has been designed to help local organisations to work together to make school grounds available to local children out of teaching hours.

    

Smoking costs Welsh economy £800m a year

Smoking is costing the Welsh economy nearly £800m a year according to a report by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

    

Different strokes: toothbrushes and paint brushes at Cardiff school

A five year old schoolgirl from Ysgol Glan Morfa in Splott, has been presented with a prize for winning a national drawing competition. Her work is featured on the cover of the British Dental Journal

    

Growth, development and responsiveness at a time of change

The Public Health Wales Annual Report outlines how the organisation has grown, developed and responded to new challenges.

    

Online service to help smokers

In an effort to make the service easier to access, Stop Smoking Wales has developed a website for smokers to request a call-back for an appointment.

    

Stop Smoking Wales supports Stoptober campaign

The launch of Stoptober heralds the start of a three week registration period where smokers are invited to sign up online to the smoking challenge in October

    

Health Maps Wales update

An update to the interactive mapping tool Health Maps Wales is now available.

    

Taken from Public Health Wales newsletter, October 2013 edition. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.