Developing a strategy for access to advice and support on Social Welfare Law in England and Wales
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Wales Advice Services Review

Last year, the Welsh Government published its Advice Services Review report. This Review brought forward a number of recommendations which grouped into 3 themes:
•Funding, commissioning and delivering advice services.
•Developing Advice Networks.
•Developing national standards for information and advice.

The Welsh Government and the Independent Advice Providers Forum - comprising representatives from the main umbrella bodies providing advice on a Wales and UK basis - have been working closely together to take forward some of the key recommendations. Areas which have been identified for priority action include a funding framework for free and independent advice services; the establishment of a National Advice Network for Wales and further work to bring greater clarity and consistency in terms of advice quality standards.

There are some interesting synergies here with the Low Commission's work. Lord Low, Bob Chapman recently met with Jeff Cuthbert, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty in the Welsh Government, to discuss the overlap between the Low Commission Report and the Welsh Government’s Review of Advice Services.