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Ministers to discuss 'disproportionate' impact of welfare reform

Welsh ministers are meeting charities and campaigners to discuss the possible effects the UK Government's Welfare Reform Bill could have in Wales.

Representatives from organisations such as Disability Wales, Shelter Cymru and the Carers Alliance are among those who will be raising their concerns.

It comes after a Welsh Government report claimed that the "negative impact" of the changes would have "a disproportionately higher impact" on Wales than the rest of the UK.

Minister for Skills Leighton Andrews said he was "not opposed to the principle" of welfare reform, but called for "genuine support to individuals to help them find and keep work"


Welsh Government welcomes wheelchair inquiry

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "The Health Minister welcomes the one-day inquiry into wheelchair services to be undertaken by the Health and Social Care Committee, and has submitted a progress report to the Committee.

"A considerable amount of work has been done since the initial review of wheelchair provision in 2008, including the establishment of an all-Wales programme of action to ensure an efficient and effective service.

In addition, we have allocated an extra £2.2 million per year recurring from 2011-12 to increase capacity and to specifically target wheelchair services for children as a priority."

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