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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 - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
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- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.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
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
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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 »
Oral - Job Losses in Cardiff
I wish to make a statement on the announcement of job losses in Cardiff South and Penarth by JR Freeman and Carrington Wire Ltd.
I am sure that the whole Assembly will recognise that these announcements are disappointing news, not least for the workers who are directly affected, and our thoughts are with them and their families at this time.
Nevertheless, I am sure that it is also important for us to recognise that this news takes place against the background of what remains a vibrant local labour market, boasting levels of unemployment and employment that are among the best witnessed for a generation. For example, in Cardiff South and Penarth, the number of jobseeker’s allowance claimants has fallen by some 13 per cent on the previous year. Against such a positive economic background, we hope that the long-term impact of these job losses will be muted.
On Carrington Wire, following a 90-day consultation process, the company announced to its staff last week that it will be closing its Cardiff plant in December with the loss of 123 jobs. The consultation was launched in response to commercial pressures, primarily created by cheaper imports from the far east. Throughout the consultation, my officials worked closely with the Cardiff management team to develop a strong business case that was designed to safeguard up to 70 of the 120 jobs at Cardiff by relocating certain operations to a more cost-effective location. This was well-received by Carrington Wire’s executive board, but, having considered all the options, the board has recommended the closure of the Cardiff site.
It was also announced last week that JR Freeman’s century-old cigar factory in Grangetown, Cardiff, which is responsible for the production of Hamlet cigars, will close in September 2009, with the loss of 184 jobs. Japan Tobacco, the owner of JR Freeman’s factory, took the decision against a backdrop of falling cigar sales and the fact that it is no longer commercially viable to retain the Cardiff site. The job losses at JR Freeman will not take effect until September 2009, so there is time available for those affected to secure new employment or training opportunities in what remains a healthy local labour market. Of course, my officials also stand ready to assist the affected employees of both companies to find alternative employment and training.
Cardiff South and Penarth, like much of the rest of Wales, continues to attract investment opportunities. Major developments, such as those taking place within Cardiff city centre at St David’s 2 and around Callaghan Square, are reshaping the city and they bring with them new jobs and opportunities. The city’s burgeoning reputation in financial and legal services is also bringing quality employment, such as the 135 new jobs recently announced by Hugh James Solicitors.
In any dynamic economy, jobs are lost as well as created. What is important here in Wales is that we continue to create far more jobs than we lose. To focus on job losses and company closures alone rather than on new jobs and company expansions creates a false picture of the Welsh economy. We should be congratulating ourselves on creating these jobs, while recognising that we will do what we can to assist those communities that directly suffer because of job losses.