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Impacts of COVID-19: Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Open Call for evidence and experiences

Purpose of the consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee is exploring the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on all areas within its remit. Members are interested in the effects of the pandemic; measures taken to slow the spread; and support being offered to help people, companies and other organisations through the pandemic . Members are particularly interested in gathering evidence and views looking forward at what needs to be done to help the nation recover.

 

Below is a list of areas the Committee is interested in. However this list is not exhaustive. Members would like to hear your views on any other areas within our remit you wish to draw to our attention.

 

  • Effects on the economy and business – including how different sectors are being affected;
  • Effects on jobs – including job retention and safety at work;
  • Effects on transport – including the short and long-term impact of the virus on demand, travel patterns and mode used and how this should be managed, support for sustainable transport and how public transport can operate safely during the pandemic for passengers and staff;
  • Effects on apprenticeships and other skills provision – including experiences of apprentices, companies who employ apprentices, organisations who provide training and how skills and the skills system could contribute to the nation’s recovery;
  • The support of the Government and wider public sector to all of the above – including whether the support is working, or if there are gaps, and what fine tuning is needed or additional support could be offered?;
  • Recovery – this includes what needs to be done to help Wales recover from the epidemic? This includes actions which should be taken by the government, commercial or from the community/third sector Government,  to foster recovery in the areas covered by EIS. It also includes how area covered by the economy can assist in the recovery e.g. how skills training can be used to assist recovery.

 

Responding to the call for views

We do not expect detailed or lengthy evidence papers – a short e-mail about your views on, and experiences of, the impact of the pandemic is more than enough, and we will get in touch with you directly if there’s anything we want to understand more fully. You are not bound to your first submission; you can also submit more evidence as things change and the situation develops.

 

We are also planning some outreach work to engage with people and organisations on specific topics, however the exact nature of this will be determined by the evidence we receive.

 

Given current circumstances there is no fixed deadline by which to submit your views – we are asking you to share them with us as soon as you’re able so that we can follow things up in as timely a way as possible.

 

As well as gathering public views, we plan to undertake a series of one-off evidence sessions. Mindful of the pressures facing public services, we will also use other evidence-gathering methods to undertake our scrutiny in as proportionate and responsible a manner as possible. All details of our work will be published on a rolling basis.

 

How to send us your thoughts: You can submit your views by emailing SeneddEIS@senedd.wales.

 

How we use your information: As a matter of course we publish all views we receive.

 

For individuals submitting in a private capacity, we anonymise views before they are published. The names and roles of those submitting in a professional capacity will be published, as will the names of organisations submitting information. We may remove personal data from the published version of your evidence if we consider that it could be used to identify you or a third party personally; and/or we agree to do so in response to a request by you.

 

Individual cases: While all views submitted will help our thematic scrutiny of Covid-19 and its impact, we are unable to advise onor take upindividual cases. However, your local representatives will be able to assist you and you can find their details on our website.

 

Providing Written Evidence

The Senedd has two official languages, Welsh and English.

 

In line with the Senedd’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in Senedd proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

 

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

 

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

 

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Senedd’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

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Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1SN

Email: SeneddEIS@senedd.wales

 

 

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