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Summary

  1. 9am Public Accounts Committee
  2. The plenary begins at 13.30 with questions to the first minister.
  3. Business Statement and Announcement
  4. Debate on Stage 3 of The Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Janet Ebenezer

All times stated are UK

  1. Nos Da!

    AMs have reached the end of this debate. Stage 4 of the amended bill will be debated next week. That's it from the Welsh assembly. We'll be back tomorrow at 1.30pm with questions for the Natural Resources Minister and Communities Minister.

    Senedd
  2. Final group of amendments

    AMs have now reached the final group of amendments relating to periodic probationary contracts

  3. Letting agent fees

    Plaid Cymru AM Jocelyn Davies is arguing the case to restrict letting agent fees. She says that some fees are unaffordable for people on low incomes and for students. Minister Lesley Griffiths rejects the amendments and says a thorough consultation is needed before a decision is made. 

    Letting agents
  4. More flexible framework

    Welsh government says, the bill will create a more flexible framework to help support the victims of domestic abuse from a housing perspective; address housing-related anti-social behaviour and clarify landlords’ obligations for repair and matters relating to the condition of a property.

  5. Condition of a dwelling

    Members are now voting on a group of amendments in relation to the condition of a dwelling

  6. 215 amendments

    AMs are working their way through the 215 amendments of the Renting Homes Bill.

    Siambr
  7. Short break

    AMs are taking a short break

  8. Complex legal framework

    The result of changes to home rentals over the years is an increasingly complex legal framework, which is difficult to understand for many of those who work in the field of housing.    

  9. Right to occupy without interference

    Mark Isherwood speaks in favor of amendments regarding the right to occupy without interference. Minister Lesley Griffiths rejects them, arguing that they "appear to have the intention of removing responsibility from the landlord".

    Lesley Griffiths
  10. Provision of information

    AMs are voting on amendments relating to the provision of information by landlord

  11. Restriction on rent increases rejected

    Plaid Cymru's Jocelyn Davies supports amendments that would restrict rent increases "to meet the demands of long term tenants". However Lesley Griffiths says that without a public consultation, the government cannot support the amendments.

    Jocelyn Davies AM
  12. Termination of contracts

    AMs are now discussing amendments relating to the termination of occupation contracts. 

  13. Declaring an interest

    The debate has come to a brief halt as several AMs who are landlords are all declaring an interest.

    Declaring an interest
  14. A new assembly record?

    AMs are discussing amendments to the bill and they’ve been grouped under separate headings. There are over 200 amendments to get through this afternoon! Could this be a new assembly record?!

  15. Aims

    The Bill aims to simplify the large number of tenancies and licences for homes with just two types of contract, and will give landlords the right to evict tenants for anti-social nuisance.  

    Renting homes
  16. Renting Homes Bill

    AMs have now moved on to the afternoon's only debate on Stage 3 of The Renting Homes (Wales) Bill. 

    Lesley Griffiths AM
  17. Business statement

    Minister Jane Hutt is making a statement on government business over the next few weeks. AMs are also calling on the government for statements on animal exports, cuts to the Dyfed Powys Police helicopter service and supporting the coal industry.

    Jane Hutt AM
  18. Orthopedic surgery in North Wales

    Responding to Conservative AM Darren Millar's question on bringing down waiting times for orthopedic surgery in North Wales, Carwyn Jones says: 

    "We expect the health board to allocate the appropriate level of resource in order so that people do not have to wait an unacceptable time for any treatment, orthopedic or not".

  19. Electrification

    Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth calls on the First Minister to urge the UK government to electrify railway lines in North Wales. 

    First Minister gives assurances that he has raised the issue on a number of occasions with the Department of Transport in Westminster and says he still hasn't had a date on the electrification of the south Wales railway lines.

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  20. 'Way below £1 billion"

    Leader of the Conservatives Andrew RT Davies' calls for "clarity" on how much the new M4 route around Newport will cost the Welsh government. Carwyn Jones refuses to reveal how much the estimated cost will be. However he says that it will be "way below £1 billion".

    Andrew RT Davies
  21. Trade unions

    First Minister Carwyn Jones is answering members' questions, starting with cross party questions on trade unions and industrial action rights.

    Carwyn Jones AM
  22. Good afternoon!

    The plenary session is due to begin with First Minister's Questions.

  23. Hwyl!

    The committee has now finished. We'll be back this afternoon at 1.30pm with Questions for the First Minister

  24. 'HIW not adequately resourced'

    Dr Chamberlain admits that HIW is not resourced sufficiently: "Am I adequately resourced? I think the answer to that would have to be no, I would like to do more".

  25. 'No capacity to follow up every inspection'

    HIW Chief Executive Dr Kate Chamberlain: "We cannot follow up on every individual recommendation or every individual inspection that we do because we simply do not have the capacity."

    Dr Kate Chamberlain
  26. Key findings

    The HIW review found that some organisations are not always effective in dealing with concerns and complaints and are not able to clearly demonstrate learning from issues when they occur. 

  27. "Not robust enough"

    Alun Jones HIW says an immediate assurance letter was sent to the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board highlighting serious concerns. 

    "We felt that staff were under pressure and patients would potentially come to harm if the conditions there persisted".

    However despite several letters to the health board, Mr Jones stresses that the reply was "not robust enough".

    Alun Jones
  28. Wrexham Maelor A&E

    Aled Roberts also highlights information from the Welsh government regarding the A&E unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, saying it failed every performance measure in 2014.

  29. Tawel Fan

    Aled Roberts AM asks why serious complaints by families members of patients highlighted by the damning report into the Tawel Fan ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital were not followed up by HIW.

    Aled Roberts AM
  30. Betsi Cadwaladr

    HIW says there have been "positive developments in a number of areas", regarding the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board. However,"some fundamental challenges remain which will require specific leadership skills and resolute determination to address". 

  31. Improving collaboration

    Plaid Cymru's Jocelyn Davies questions whether the changes made by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales in improving collaboration and sharing information with Local Health Boards across Wales are sufficient. HIW Chief Executive Dr Kate Chamberlain says communication is much more structured but admits that more can be done to improve this.

    Jocelyn Davies AM
  32. Concerns and complaints

    The HIW review found that some organisations are not always effective in dealing with concerns and complaints and are not able to clearly demonstrate learning from issues when they occur. 

  33. HIW hospital inspections

    HIW front-line inspections are unannounced and they inspect and report against three themes: 

    • Quality of the Patient Experience 
    • Delivery of Safe and Effective Care 
    • Quality of Management and Leadership 
  34. Committee inquiry

    Members of the committee are continuing with their inquiry into NHS Wales Health Board’s Governance.

  35. Bore Da!

    The Public Accounts Committee is about to begin

    Senedd