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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
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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.
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 - Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
Several Members have contacted me recently to enquire about the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scheme and to express concern about delays in paying some students.
I can confirm that there have been delays in processing a number of applications and that the speed with which applications have been handled is not up to the standard of previous years.
I can also confirm that the backlog of applications awaiting processing was cleared on 26th November.
The general delays that have occurred this year have been as a result of new processes that the scheme’s administrators, the Student Loans Company (SLC) have introduced which require applicants to submit original documents when providing evidence in support of their applications. These new requirements were introduced to strengthen anti-fraud measures and to comply with Crown Copyright rules that prohibit the copying of Crown documents such as passports and birth certificates.
The additional time taken to deal with original documentation (as opposed to copies), which have to be handled in secure premises and by a restricted number of staff, combined with a large number of applications being submitted after term had started, resulted in some delays.
Whilst the SLC have brought in additional resources to clear backlogs, I have sought assurances that measures will be put in place to ensure that the handling of original documents will be managed much more effectively in future years and to avoid a repetition of this year’s problem.
The delays experienced by some EMA-Wales students are in no way linked to, and have been significantly less severe than, problems experienced in England which resulted in the Learning and Skills Council terminating the EMA contract with their delivery agent. The EMA-Wales Helpline has had to deal with a significant increase in telephone calls as students from England have been mistakenly calling the EMA-Wales line to enquire about their delayed payments.
Where EMA applications have been approved, students will receive an award letter posted immediately. Once the student’s school or college, using the intranet-based system, confirms that the student has a learning agreement and the appropriate attendance record, payment will commence and, where appropriate, backdated. Payment runs occur fortnightly. I hope this will ensure that a robust and effective scheme is now operational.