Despite the announcement that former prisoners will no longer receive priority housing, the Welsh Government has insisted other changes in the Housing Bill will help the most vulnerable former prisoners to find accommodation.
Former prisoners will no longer receive priority treatment when it comes to being housed by local councils under changes announced by the Welsh Government.
Following a consultation on the changes, Housing Minister Carl Sargeant says those leaving prison will be assessed using the same criteria as any other vulnerable person wanting to be considered homeless.
Currently local authorities are obliged to treat them as a higher priority.
The changes will form part of a major Housing Bill to be published next week.
The decision by the Welsh Government to take direct control of the controversial Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales has been welcomed by the Conservative AM who first raised the concerns. But Byron Davies says he wants to know why it's taken so long to reach such a decision.
The Welsh Government is to close down an arms-length investment organisation in the light of Wales Audit Office investigations into the sale of land. Housing and Regeneration Minister Carl Sargeant told AMs that he will take direct control of the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales.
RIFW's activities had been suspended in 2012 when the investigations were launched by the WAO. The minister says he's taken his latest step because he's concerned that the suspension is stopping the flow of investment to communities.
The Chief Executive of Anglesey Council has welcomed the announcement that the Welsh Government will hand control back to councillors.
Five commissioners were appointed to turn around the failing authority in 2011.
The Welsh Government has announced the end of its intervention in the running of Anglesey Council.
Five commissioners were appointed to turn around the failing authority in 2011 - the first time a council in the UK had been taken over in this way.
Local Government Minister Lesley Griffiths made the announcement during a visit to the Council where she addressed a full meeting of councillors elected at the island’s recent election.
She said: "I am convinced the Council can now manage its own affairs without external intervention."
The Welsh Government’s intervention will formally end when the current direction expires on May 31st.
As if to answer the question I posed just a few minutes ago, the next announcement reveals that the outgoing health minister Lesley Griffiths has been appointed Local Government minister.
It's not a bad move for Lesley Griffiths who will take on a portfolio with almost as big a challenge involved as the health job did. It's much more than a consolation prize. Her reappointment also means that Carwyn Jones hasn't lost a female minister and one from the north.
The question is now, what happens to her predecessor, the popular Carl Sargeant who was widely seen as doing an effective job in the role?
Anglesey Council is set to be taken out of special measures within the next three months, according to local government minister Carl Sargeant.
Commissioners were sent in to turn around the ailing authority in 2011.
The Labour AM today said the council had continued to make 'good progress' since last October when the commissioners' role was scaled back and councillors resumed day-to-day control.
The Welsh Government has rejected calls for Wales to join the National Citizen Service, a scheme for teenagers in England that's part of the Prime Minister's 'Big Society'. David Cameron today saw youngsters from London training for the scheme in an outdoors centre at Gilwern near Abergavenny.
The UK Government intends to have 90,000 16 and 17 year olds on the English scheme by 2014 and today the Wales Office Minister David Jones urged the Welsh Government to 'take up the opportunity for Welsh teenagers'.
Despite Mr Jones' pleas, it is now clear that the Welsh Government will stick to the schemes it funds through the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, a body that pre-dates David Cameron's 'Big Society'.