Legislation / Legal

WAG: A UK Government decision, reversing plans to remove the requirement for Welsh membership of the independent Judicial Appointments Commission, has been welcomed by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones. The proposals were originally part of wider UK Government plans to reform the Judicial Appointment Commission and reduce the number of its Commissioners.
Press release & links
HOChanges to criminal records checks will continue to protect the public while ensuring that employers no longer have access to certain old or minor cautions and convictions. Legislation has been laid by the government which will filter certain old or minor offences from checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
This means old & minor cautions & convictions will no longer appear on checks which employers request for positions where the applicant will be working unsupervised with children & vulnerable adults. 

Serious violent & sexual offences, offences with a custodial sentence and multiple offences regardless of their nature will not be subject to change and will remain on checks. The new checking system is due to be implemented within one week, following Parliamentary scrutiny.
Press release & links
WAGNatural Resources Wales, the new body that will manage, maintain & enhance Wales’ natural environment has now been granted the full range of legal powers it needs to operate. The body officially replaces Environment Agency Wales, the Countryside Council for Wales and the Forestry Commission for Wales and will take on full responsibility for managing Wales’ natural resources from 1 April 2013.
Press release ~ Natural Resources Wales
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