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Government of Wales Act 2006

“Inclusive” approach to exercise of functions

Section 74: Voluntary sector scheme

273.Under this section the Welsh Ministers are required to make, keep under review, and from time to time remake or revise, a voluntary sector scheme, setting out how they propose, in the exercise of their functions, to promote the interests of relevant voluntary organisations. The Ministers are under a duty to consult any voluntary organisations they consider appropriate before they make, remake or revise a scheme.

274.Relevant voluntary organisations are organisations that are not local authorities or other public bodies, whose activities are not carried on for profit and which, directly or indirectly, benefit Wales or a part of Wales.

275.When determining the content of the scheme the Welsh Ministers must consider how they intend to exercise their functions in relation to matters which concern or affect voluntary organisations. The scheme must specify the Ministers proposals to assist voluntary organisations, their proposals to monitor assistance provided and how they will consult voluntary organisations about their functions.

276.The scheme, and any revisions to it, must be published and laid before the Assembly, as must an annual report by the Welsh Ministers setting out how the proposals in the scheme were implemented during the preceding financial year.

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