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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 »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
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- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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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 »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
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Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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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 »
Update Re Progress On The Location Strategy
I am updating you with progress on the Location Strategy.
In May my colleague the First Minister announced that the location for the new Assembly Government office in North Wales would be the former Hotpoint site at Llandudno Junction, subject to finalising contracts. Heads of Terms have been agreed for the land purchase at the preferred site. Commercial negotiations are also under way for a site for the Mid Wales office in the Aberystwyth area. I will inform Members of the exact site when those negotiations are completed. With advice from the Design Commission for Wales we have improved the design of the Merthyr Tydfil office. Although this has meant a slight delay, work is still on track. Subject to final planning permission we will be on site early next year and the building will be completed and occupied by summer 2006.
These new offices will provide the means for decentralisation from Cardiff and offer an opportunity to relocate staff from their existing accommodation as well as accommodate new functions absorbed by the Assembly. This reinforces the aims set out in “Making the Connections: Delivering Better Services in Wales” to provide better opportunities for ensuring that Government services are closer to the people, more joined up and more responsive to regional variations.
The functions to move to the Merthyr office are unchanged.. These were announced in March 2003, and are:
Community Safety Unit
Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)
South Wales Office of the Rent Officer Service
Voluntary Sector Division
I am receiving much support from the local authorities that are working with us on these moves.
Much work is being done to identify the specific functions that will be based in both the North and Mid Wales offices. I can confirm that the main focus of the North Wales office will be those parts of Education and Lifelong Learning and Economic Development and Transport, most closely related to the work of ELWa, WDA and WTB, and Countryside and Rural functions for Mid Wales. Both offices will include a “first stop shop” facility for the public to access information and advice from any part of the Assembly. The decision to merge the ASPBs with Welsh Assembly Government Departments presents a better opportunity to provide that area based focus.
Further consultations with staff and partnership bodies are under way to refine work on identifying specific areas of work to transfer to Mid and North Wales. I plan to make a further announcement in January.