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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Living Longer: Ageing Well
The third phase of the Welsh Government’s pioneering Strategy for Older People in Wales has been launched.
- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
- “Wales is leading the way on Sustainable Procurement” – Jane Hutt
- Living Longer: Ageing Well
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- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Welsh Assembly Government Spending Review
In plenary on 10 December, in response to Jenny Randerson AM, I said I would provide more information for all members on the process and the criteria to be used in the Assembly Government's spending review.
We are taking the review forward in two main ways. On the one hand it is examining our existing programmes and evaluating their contribution to our priorities. On the other hand it is looking in more depth at a range of specific issues and bringing that information to bear on the Cabinet's future decisions about budget allocation.
The evaluation exercise
The Cabinet has agreed a set of criteria against which current spending is being assessed and evaluated. Those criteria are derived from:
- our vision set out in "Wales: A Better Country",
- our manifesto commitments,
- our values of equality, social justice and sustainable development,
- our commitment to effective, efficient delivery and
- our statutory requirements.
The evaluation exercise is being carried out using an approach based on the US Office of Management and Budget's PART system. It will provide information in a structured format to help ministers assess the relevance of each main spending programme against the Assembly Government's priorities and alongside evidence of the effectiveness of the expenditure.
The review is drawing on in-depth projects including the Wanless Review implementation and the reports from a number of task and finish groups set up by the Cabinet. We will be involving delivery organisations, such as our ASPBs and the local authorities in the review. My officials have made contact with ASPBs to set the scene and have held early discussions with the WLGA. In addition I shall be holding a short series of round-table discussions with representatives of a range of organisations to hear their views.
We shall also be looking in more depth at some major spending issues. The review will be informed by work being done on implementing the Wanless report on health and social care. We are looking at the efficiency gains to be made from the 10-year Merlin contract for IT and business change, and how those gains can deliver more revenue to front line services. We shall be looking at the scope for savings in procurement - including the potential benefits from the award-winning Wales Procurement Initiative. We are looking at the large number and variety of grant schemes operated by the Assembly Government and its ASPBs. We will be taking account of the mid-term evaluations of the EU structural fund programmes. We also expect the evaluation exercise to generate further issues to consider.
The spending review team is keeping in close touch with the joint Treasury/Cabinet Office efficiency review. We have begun a short scoping study to see how far this will be relevant to our own continuing activity in improving efficiency.
At the March supplementary budget I will publish some revised baselines for 2005-06. These will comprise the necessary changes to the current flat baselines to enable key capital programmes to plan ahead and to meet any other essential short-term changes. I will make a statement then on progress with the review. I do not, though, want to pre-empt the main outcome of the review which will inform the 2004 draft budget (for 2005-06 to 2007-08) on which we will be consulting in the Autumn.
In the Autumn committees will be considering priorities for the budget and will be consulted on my draft proposals. I will make available information generated by the spending review's evaluation to inform committees' considerations. I will incorporate the outcomes of the spending review in my statement on the draft budget.
In undertaking the review we are confronting established spending patterns. Adjusting these to reflect our priorities will require some difficult decisions. We are fully committed to the actions and values we set out in "Wales: A Better Country". The review will inform our decisions to ensure that our budget is allocated in the way that most effectively enables us to deliver the Assembly Government's priorities.