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  • A website to help people access local support services in Wales
    and find the information and advice they need to improve their well-being is now available.

    Launched at the National Social Services Conference on 30 June, the Dewis Cymru website is an important first for Wales - a single, clear and reliable point of access that can be used by members of the public, as well as care service professionals across Wales, to help support people achieve their well-being goals.

    The website forms part of the ongoing delivery of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, which highlights how the provision of high quality information plays a central role in helping people remain independent, manage their well-being and shape the care services they receive.

    Dewis Cymru currently has local information for North Wales, Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. Local information for other areas will be added soon.

    Visit Dewis Cymru at www.dewis.wales.

    Follow us on Twitter @dewiswales and like us on Facebook.com/dewiswales or contact us via email at help@dewis.wales.


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    Do you know how many people live in your authority?

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the 2015 mid-year estimates of population on 23 June 2016.

    The estimates are available at single year of age and at local authority level. We have included them here as broad age bands for easier use.

    If you need data for different age bands please contact us.

    For more information on population data please contact Jenny Murphy.


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    Categories: Data Update
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    We work in partnership with Sport Wales to collect, analyse and report on Free Swimming data from local authorities in Wales.

    The aim of this work is to evaluate the impact of the Free Swimming Initiative in Wales by using the data effectively.

    Here are some of the key points from the 2015-16 data:

    • There has been a 25% decrease in the number of free public swims for young people, compared to 2014-15.
    • The 60 and over age group has also seen a 4% decrease in free public swimming participation, compared to 2014-15.

    Find out more and see what participation is like in your authority by visiting our Free Swimming tool.

    For more information on Free Swimming data please contact Adrian Smith.


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    What’s Free Swimming participation like in your authority?

    Overall, the latest Free Swimming data shows a 3% decrease in the number of free public swims for both younger and older people compared to the same period last year.

    Want to see more? Check out our Free Swimming interactive tool for Wales.

    For more information on Free Swimming data please contact Adrian Smith.


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  • We were commissioned by Welsh Government to review the existing Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant (EYPDG) allocation mechanism and make recommendations as to whether the current approach could be practicably improved.

    In undertaking the review we considered the:

    • suitability of the current method for allocating the grant;
    • examined the approach adopted in other countries for funding this type of support and considered their suitability in the Welsh context; and
    • considered some potential alternative approaches in detail, including providing a picture of what the allocation might look like; and
    • sought the views of local authorities and learning settings.

    Our review has not identified any fundamental issues with the current allocation method for EYPDG. However, we have identified a small number of potential improvements to the current approach.

    Click the image below to view our evaluation report.

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    If you would like more information, or would like to discuss the report, please get in touch with Andrew Stephens or Ana Harries or call 029 2090 9500.


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    We received funding from the Welsh Government to develop a ‘common data set’ to support the assessments of local well-being required under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

    We have developed the data set using the four themes: social; economic; cultural; and environmental well-being seeking to build on the experience of previous assessments and the recent publication of the national indicator set.

    Engaging with, and gaining input from, partnership colleagues has been a key part of the development of the data set and we have used local and regional networks as well as established national network groups to support this.

    This common data set can provide a starting point for PSBs across Wales to begin to assess well-being in the area and the production of the assessment. It will be just a part of the evidence base which PSBs will want to use to support their assessments, which is likely to also include local evidence and intelligence including the views of citizens. It aims to increase consistency and reduce duplication in the development of the assessments across Wales. It is intended to allow for greater focus and resource to be aimed at the analysis of the data and alignment for partners supporting more than one PSB.

    The data set is now available here.

    If you would like more information, or would like to discuss how the Data Unit can offer further support, please get in touch with Chris Perkins or call 029 2090 9500.


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    We have updated our offering for the child measurement programme data in InfoBaseCymru. We now hold data on the numbers of boys, girls and children who are overweight or obese. This is available at local authority level. The data shows that in AY 2014/15 in Wales, 26.2% of children were overweight or obese, compared with 26.5% in 2013/14.

    If you have any comments on this data, please contact us at enquiries@dataunitwales.gov.uk or 029 2090 9500.


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    Categories: Data Update
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    We have updated our offering for Work based learning programmes (Apprenticeships) data in InfoBaseCymru. We now hold data on the numbers of work based learning programmes by industry sector. This is available at local authority level.

    If you have any comments on this data, please contact us at enquiries@dataunitwales.gov.uk or 029 2090 9500.


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    Categories: Data Update
  • We were pleased that over 100 delegates attended the event, with over 40 organisations being represented.

    The feedback from the event has been very positive. Analysis of the evaluation forms shows that:

    100% of respondents thought the content was relevant

    100% of respondents thought the content was useful

    Our pre-event arrangements were also highly praised, with 100% of respondents agreeing that they were provided with all necessary details to enable them to attend.

    In terms of overall organisation of the event, 91% of respondents said it was very good.

    Comments included:

    ‘One of the best, most useful conference I've attended in a while.’

    ‘The content of the event - speakers/ presentations and the workshops I attended were of a high quality, relevant to the topic and my role and responsibilities.’

    ‘The session was perfect timing for the introduction of the new laws and the focus on the practical issues is very valuable and is exactly the kind of thing the events here should be done.’

    Videos of the main presentations have also been posted online. These can be found on the Data Unit Wales YouTube channel.


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    Categories: NIE
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    The new design and layout should be easier for you to navigate and find what you want quickly. A few new features worth mentioning include:

    • streamlined content
    • direct and quick access to data
    • a new portfolio showcasing our work.

    We hope that you like our new website. Please get in touch and let us know what you think!


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