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Autism assessments 'taking too long'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Children in parts of Wales are waiting an average of two years for an autism assessment despite a target of six months, figures have shown. Research by BBC Wales’ Wales Live programme has revealed staffing issues have also impacted on waiting times. One mother said it took five years and £6,000 to get her son an assessment and his diagnosis recognised. The Welsh Government said the roll-out of a national integrated autism plan was continuing. A spokesman said there were also plans to…

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Impact assessments of Brexit on the UK 'don't exist'

The government has not carried out any impact assessments of leaving the EU on the UK economy, Brexit Secretary David Davis has told MPs. “There’s no sort of systematic impact assessment,” Mr Davis told the Brexit committee. He said the government had produced a “sectoral analysis” of different industries but not a “forecast” of what would happen when the UK leaves the EU. A “very major contingency planning operation” is in place, he added. Committee chairman Hilary Benn asked whether impact assessments had been carried into various parts of the…

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