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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 »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
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 »
Written - Planning for Climate Change
I am announcing tomorrow further planning initiatives to help us to deliver our climate change commitments. The documents to be published tomorrow are intended to improve the sustainability of new and existing buildings including reducing their carbon emissions.
Since the conclusion of the Planning for Climate Change consultation in March 2007, it has been necessary to review the proposed policies in order to take into account the progress on the Climate Change agenda in Wales. Most notably this includes the 2011 Zero Carbon aspiration, the One Wales commitment to the devolution of Building Regulations and the adoption of the Code for Sustainable Homes in Wales.
The consultation document announced tomorrow sets out proposed amendments to the draft Planning for Climate Change MIPPS (12/06).
The proposed policies cover: -
Sustainable Building Standards: - A national development control policy for all major developments (10 or more dwellings or 1000 M2 for other buildings) to initially meet at least Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, or 'Very Good' of the BREEAM standard for non-residential developments (including a minimum 25% carbon reduction on regulated emissions).
Merton 'plus': - A national development control policy requiring all major developments to secure at least a 10% reduction in carbon emissions using on-site/near-site local renewable and/or low carbon sources.
Strategic Sites: - A policy providing flexibility to local planning authorities to set higher sustainable building standards and percentage requirements above the national minimum standard on strategic sites, where opportunities exist.
The policy will apply to planning applications submitted after 1st April 2009. The approach complements our objective to secure devolution of the building regulations and will be reviewed once the outcome devolution is known.
The second document to be published tomorrow has been produced to encourage householders undertaking improvement works to their homes to carry them out in a way that helps to tackle climate change. During the past year local planning authorities in Wales received over 13,000 householder applications so the potential to influence behaviour is significant. These include substantial alterations and improvements, such as extensions, porches and garage conversions.
With the help of the Design Commission for Wales, the Energy Saving Trust and the Welsh Local Government Association, I am tomorrow launching a new publication, the 'Improving your Home - A Climate Change Guide', which details 10 common projects that a householder may carry out to improve their home. Alongside these projects are a number of measures that can be undertaken to respond to climate change in the most effective way. For example, when a householder is thinking of adding an extension to their home they are encouraged to think about the orientation of the extension to maximise natural daylight and heat to reduce carbon emissions. There also may be opportunities to improve the fabric of the existing building at the same time, for example by upgrading insulation or installing a more efficient heating system. These small measures and changes in how people think about improving their home, can go a long way to reducing carbon emissions and making sure that the existing stock can be resilient to climate change.
The consultation will commence during the week beginning on 7th July for 12 weeks until 3rd October 2008. The finalised policies will be incorporated into a consolidated version of Planning Policy Wales due to be published later this year.