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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).
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On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
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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 »
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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 »
Written - National Library Of Wales: Pension Protection Fund Crown Guarantee
The purpose of this Statement is to inform the National Assembly, in compliance with Standing Order 21.20, of a contingent liability that I propose to authorise, in respect of a Crown Guarantee under the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) (Entry Rules) Regulations 2005 for National Library of Wales. The Statement sets out the information in respect of the proposed contingent liability specified in Standing Order 21.25.
National Library of Wales is an independent Royal Charter body and a registered charity which receives its principal funding through grant-in-aid from the Welsh Assembly Government as an Assembly Sponsored Public Body. The Library’s pension scheme is a funded scheme and is operated by the Library in conjunction with the Pension Scheme Trustees. A combination of factors, in particular the performance of the Stock Market and rising life expectancies, has meant that the scheme currently has a funding deficit (i.e. liabilities over assets) of approximately £1.3 million.
The Library is already taking prudent steps to address the situation, but the Trustees are seeking a “crown guarantee” from the National Assembly for Wales under Regulation 2.d of the PPF (Entry Rules) Regulations 2005.
The PPF was established under the Pensions Act 2004 to pay compensation to members of eligible defined benefit pension schemes when there is a qualifying insolvency event involving the employer. The PPF covers certain defined benefit occupational pension schemes, although schemes that meet certain eligibility requirements are exempt from the PPF. The following list is not exhaustive, but generally speaking the following pension schemes are exempt:
unfunded public schemes (i.e. civil service);
public sector schemes providing pensions to local government employees;
schemes to which a Minister of the Crown has given a guarantee.
The majority of ASPB pension schemes are based on the local government, NHS and civil service pension schemes, all of which are already exempt from the regulations.
The guarantee would:
enable the Pension Scheme Trustees to take a longer term view in relation to addressing the Scheme deficit
secure the Scheme’s liabilities should a “qualifying insolvency event” occur at some point in the future, although it is extremely difficult to imagine the circumstances in which this may happen
exempt the NLW Pension Scheme from the Pension Protection Fund Levy, which would result in savings of some £9,000 per annum.
There are no immediate funding implications to providing this guarantee, apart from the fact that the Library would not be required to pay the Pension Protection Fund Levy. The guarantee would constitute a contingent liability that could exceed £100,000, which is a Notifiable Transaction under Standing Order 21.23. The contingent liability would only mature if the Library were to become the subject of an insolvency event.
The Assembly Minister has authorised the Notifiable Transaction in principle. If during the period of 10 days beginning on the day after this statement was laid before the Assembly, at least 10 Members table a notice requiring the Assembly Minister to seek the approval of the Assembly for the Notifiable Tansaction, then the Assembly Minister shall table a motion seeking the approval of the Assembly for the transaction and the Assembly Minister shall not authorise the transaction until such approval has been given.