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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Statement by the First Minister: Latest developments in the UK Government's Brexit Negotiations
  3. Update on the Transformation Fund
  4. Statement by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs: The Warm Homes Programme
  5. The Household Waste Duty of Care (Fixed Penalties) (Wales) Regulations 2019
  6. Debate: The Estyn Annual Report 2017-18

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That brings today's proceedings in the Siambr to a close.

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow.

    Senedd
  2. Fly-tipping fixed penalty move approved

    Assembly members approve - by 41 to 2 - new rules making it easier for councils to take action against householders who hand their waste to people not authorised to handle it.

    So a fixed penalty of £300 - reduced to £150 if paid early - could be given to households that breach their "waste duty of care".

    Councils will be able to keep the money from the fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to put towards enforcement and clear-up costs.

    Receipts from FPNs issued by Natural Resources Wales will be paid to Welsh ministers.

    Fly-tipping
  3. 'Lessen the current pressures that exist on our schools'

    Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian calls on the Welsh Government to "consider fair funding from the budget that would lessen the current pressures that exist on our schools".

    Sian Gwenllian
  4. 'Explain internal audit processes'

    The Conservative amendment is to delete the entire Welsh Government proposal ("although it wasn't intended to be a 'delete all' " says education spokesperson Suzy Davies) and replace with:

    1. Regrets the Annual Report for 2017-18 of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales’s findings that for pupils in half of Wales’s secondary schools, a majority of pupils across all age and ability ranges do not make enough progress.

    2. Regrets that in half of schools, the majority of pupils do not achieve in line with their abilities by the time they reach the end of compulsory schooling.

    3. Regrets the continuing fall in the number of settings delivering education for 3 and 4 year olds.

    4. Calls on the Welsh Government to explain any internal audit processes it may have with regard to regional consortia and to share the results of any internal or external audit that may have been carried out since the publication of Estyn’s follow-up guidance for regional consortia and inspectors in September 2017.

    Suzy Davies
  5. More school inspections from 2021

    Schools will be inspected more often from September 2021 to give assurances on standards as the new curriculum is rolled out, the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says.

    Under the proposals, Estyn inspectors would visit schools at least twice within a seven-year cycle.

    The new system would start after a one-year pause in inspections from September 2020 to August 2021 to allow schools to prepare for the curriculum.

    Kirsty Williams
  6. 'Variability remains a key challenge'

    The Welsh Government proposal is that the assembly:

    1. Notes the Annual Report for 2017-18 of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales that was laid in Table Office on 11 December 2018.

    2. Welcomes that the “shift in culture towards a more collaborative and self-improving system continues apace”.

    3. Notes that standards are good or better in 8 in 10 primary schools, an increase on last year.

    4. Notes that whilst standards remain good or better in about half of secondary schools, variability remains a key challenge.

  7. Half of secondary schools judged good or excellent

    The final item today is a debate on the Estyn Annual Report 2017-18.

    The education body said only half of secondary schools were judged good or excellent.

    Wales' Chief Inspector of Schools Meilyr Rowlands said those schools "causing concern" needed more help.

    But Estyn's annual report said it had seen "encouraging" improvements in primary schools.

    Eight out of 10 primary schools which were assessed were rated good or better.

    Ysgol y Wern primary school in Cardiff's weather project, including bulletins, provided an innovative approach to learning, says Estyn
    Image caption: Ysgol y Wern primary school in Cardiff's weather project, including bulletins, provided an innovative approach to learning, says Estyn
  8. 60% of fly-tipping incidents originate from domestic properties

    A Welsh Government report said more than 60% of fly-tipping incidents originate from domestic properties - often the householder did not fly-tip themselves but did not carry out the appropriate checks to meet their duty of care, and allowed an unauthorised person to take it away.

    Councils can prosecute householders who give their waste to an unauthorised person, but prosecutions can cost an average of £200 to £400 a time.

    The report said these prosecutions were often deemed inappropriate and would leave the householder with a criminal record, despite paying for the waste to be disposed of in good faith with "no idea" it would be fly-tipped.

    The report says fly-tipped waste often consists of bulky items like furniture and not just black bin bag waste
    Image caption: The report says fly-tipped waste often consists of bulky items like furniture and not just black bin bag waste
  9. Household Waste Duty of Care (Fixed Penalties) (Wales) Regulations 2019

    AMs move on to discuss the Household Waste Duty of Care (Fixed Penalties) (Wales) Regulations 2019, which would introduce fixed penalty notices to those who don’t pay authorised waste carriers to take away their waste.

    Councils saw more than 35,000 incidents of fly-tipping in just one year.

    They cost Welsh taxpayers £2m in clean-up costs in 2017-18, figures showed.

    Currently, householders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice if they fly-tip their domestic waste themselves.

    Fly-tipping cost the taxpayer just under £2m in the 2017-18 financial year
    Image caption: Fly-tipping cost the taxpayer just under £2m in the 2017-18 financial year
  10. 'Not meeting the scale of the challenge'

    Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd says the "scale of these programmes doesn't equate to the scale of the challenge in Wales".

    He ridicules the minister's assertion that the new plan for tackling fuel poverty "will include outcome focused objectives which are aspirational".

    Llyr Gruffydd
  11. '80,000 homes would have been facing unmanageable burden'

    Lesley Griffiths says, "since its launch almost ten years ago, our Warm Homes Programme, which includes the demand-led Nest Scheme and area based Arbed Scheme, has provided energy efficiency advice to more than 112,000 people and has improved more than 50,000 homes by installing home energy efficiency measures.

    "Without this assistance, we estimate more than 80,000 homes would have been facing the unmanageable burden of keeping warm this winter. Extending this programme until 2021 should enable us to improve up to a further 25,000 homes."

    Lesley Griffiths
  12. Statement by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs

    The final statement of the day is by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths: The Warm Homes Programme.

    Welsh Government Warm Homes, which includes the Arbed and Nest schemes, provides funding for energy efficiency improvements to low income households.

    Warm Homes
  13. £100 million fund

    We move on to a Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething: Update on the Transformation Fund.

    When the plan, 'A Healthier Wales' was published in June last year, he also announced that additional money was being made available to health and social care providers in Wales through a £100 million transformation fund over two years to support the testing of new service models on the ground.

    He says "I have approved seven proposals from Regional Partnership Boards across Wales.These will be supported with up to £41.2 million over the next two years. This is a significant investment.

    "I expect to see real progress in how services work together to deliver more efficient and effective services that make it easier for people to access and of course to deliver better outcomes."

    Vaughan Gething
  14. Securing Wales' Future

    Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price says Jeremy Corbyn's position does not reflect the joint Welsh Government/Plaid Cymru document Securing Wales' Future, setting out their vision for the future relationship with the EU.

    Mark Drakeford responds that the vision is "reflected" not "replicated" in Jeremy Corbyn's letter to the prime minister.

    Adam Price
  15. 'Represent businesses appropriately and accurately'

    Conservative leader Paul Davies calls on the first minister "to represent businesses appropriately and accurately, given that many businesses have continuously supported the prime minister's current deal".

  16. 'Risk which cannot be mitigated but can be avoided'

    First Minister Mark Drakeford says the "stark truth is that leaving the European Union without a deal poses a risk which cannot be mitigated but can be avoided.

    "The prime minister must change course before it is too late".

  17. Statement by the First Minister

    The first statement of the day is by the First Minister: "Latest developments in the UK Government's Brexit Negotiations".

    Brexit
  18. Business Statement and Announcement

    We move on to the Business Statement and Announcement.

    The Trefnydd Rebecca Evans AM outlines the assembly's future business and responds to requests from AMs.

  19. Paul Flynn 'a wonderful friend and mentor'

    Labour AM for Newport West Jayne Bryant calls the late Paul Flynn "a wonderful friend and mentor" and says "he loved Newport and he was humbled that the people of Newport West kept faith with him."

    Jayne Bryant