My report into prison education in Wales has been published today (21 March 2019) and makes key recommendations on how outcomes can be improved for offenders in Wales.
I was requested by the former Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Baroness Eluned Morgan AM, to undertake a review in August 2018 into prison education in Wales.
The recommendations contained within the report are predominantly directed at the Welsh Government and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), but other public-sector bodies and privately-run prisons can take note of these recommendations to improve education within our prisons.
The report made recommendations on the following topics:
• Accountability Structures;
• Inclusivity with Stakeholders;
• Social Clauses: The Welsh Government’s Employment Power
• Through the Gate Services;
• Female Offender Education; and
• Digital Infrastructure. Read more “Prison Education in Wales report”
Labour MPs secured a St. David’s Day debate on the issues facing Wales and how we can harness the opportunities facing us and tackle the problems on the horizon.
I used my limited time in the debate to raise four points of concern. The way the UK Government has treated Wales in the past 9 years has been disgraceful. That is why I wanted answers on:
– A no deal Brexit;
– North Wales Growth Deal;
– Flintshire County Council funding; and
– Scrutiny of the UK Government in Parliament on Welsh affairs.
The North Wales Growth Deal, as many of you will know, could deliver greater funding for our communities and more control over how that money is spent. However, it has been announced three times by the UK Government without any solid idea of when it will be implemented.
I asked the Secretary of State a simple question: when would the deal be signed off? He stated that it would require local partners to come together before the UK Government could take further action. But they already have and are awaiting the Government’s next steps. We need this investment now to help combat the rising unemployment and child poverty in our area.