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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.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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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 »
- 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
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
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 »
Equal Pay – Close the Pay Gap Campaign
Every employer has a statutory obligation under the Equal Pay Act 1970 to ensure that people, regardless of gender, receive equal pay for like work and equal pay for work of equal value. These have been long-standing legal requirements. The Assembly has pushed forward the equal pay agenda on two clear fronts. Much of the early work undertaken from 2001 focused on radical internal changes to the pay system. This resulted in a fairer system being introduced, which then affected other areas of the Assembly’s work, such as recruitment. At the same time, the Assembly Government, along with its partners, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Trades Union Congress, has completed two phases of the close the pay gap campaign.
Phase three of the equal pay campaign will be launched on 22 March. The objectives of the campaign launch are to raise awareness and to gain fresh publicity for the close the pay gap campaign in Wales, and to highlight the importance of tackling pay equalities right across the public sector. They are also to reinforce the benefits of a partnership approach in this campaign, including cross-party support at the Assembly, to stress the impact of unequal pay on women, business, the community and the economy, and to highlight the economic and social benefits of achieving equal pay.
The campaign is a partnership between the Welsh Assembly Government, the Wales TUC and the Equal Opportunities Commission, and its purpose is to tackle discrimination in pay systems and to address the pay gap. There has been progress in reducing the pay gap since the introduction of the Equal Pay Act 1970, but not enough, with the gap currently at 12 per cent in Wales for full-time workers and 31 per cent for part-timers. This phase of the campaign is targeted at the public sector, where around 70 per cent of the workforce are women. I welcome the cross-party support for the campaign, which will be essential to its success and the re-established cross-party working group will play a valuable role in providing a scrutiny function for the work that is being undertaken in this phase of the campaign.
A summit was held last October for senior representatives of all public bodies to lay out their goals and objectives in addressing the pay gap in their organisations. We used this forum of key decision-makers from across the public sector, including trade unions, to highlight the many benefits of achieving pay equality. We also considered ways of tackling the barriers and issues identified by all organisations in moving towards a system of fair and equal remuneration for all. There was clear recognition that we need to give priority to addressing this key issue and all participants were positive in their commitment to work towards this. There was a strong recognition that greater collaborative working and the sharing of best practice across the public sector would assist in moving the agenda forward.
Public Service Management Wales is currently involved in a number of initiatives to encourage this collaborative working and to highlight the benefits of achieving equal pay, as well as developing the capacity and competence of the Welsh public sector workforce. Key to addressing unequal pay is the need to attract women into non-traditional fields and equality-proofing recruitment processes.
The equal pay summit launched a concerted 12-month plan of action. Commitments are now being made by all public sector organisations detailing the way in which they plan to tackle the pay gap. They have also provided information on where their organisation is in respect of addressing the pay gap. Using a five-stage process, they have indicated whether they are currently planning and assessing, undertaking job evaluations, undertaking pay data comparisons, examining pay differences or putting things right. Initially, reports indicate that many organisations are currently engaged in carrying out job evaluations. That will lead to the major task of introducing new pay and grading systems.
In addition to the launch event, we will be working with our partners throughout the year to increase awareness of pay issues and to raise the profile of our campaign. A series of such events are being held around Wales in early May by the Equal Opportunities Commission’s equality exchange. I will be following up this comprehensive work programme with a review summit this autumn, to ascertain what progress has been made across all sectors. We all realise that achieving equal pay is a long-term commitment that will need sustained effort on all fronts and I hope that Assembly Members will join us at the launch of the next phase on 22 March.