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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 »
Living Longer: Ageing Well
The third phase of the Welsh Government’s pioneering Strategy for Older People in Wales has been launched.
- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
- “Wales is leading the way on Sustainable Procurement” – Jane Hutt
- Living Longer: Ageing Well
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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 »
- 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
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
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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 - The commencement of the First Review of Substance Misuse Services in Wales by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
‘Working Together to Reduce Harm’, the Welsh Assembly Government’s new 10 year strategy to tackle and reduce the harm associated with substance misuse was launched on 1st October 2008 . The strategy aims to address the full range and changing patterns of substance misuse and seeks to improve the quality of treatment services and related support and supports evidence based decision making.
One of the objectives of the Strategy is to secure further improvements in the quality and consistency of treatment services across Wales. We have introduced a programme of external thematic reviews to be carried out by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales. The external thematic review programme is an essential component of the Performance Management Framework for substance misuse services. It seeks to measure and secure improvements in the quality, availability and access of treatment services to achieve a comprehensive and consistent range of services throughout Wales. This will be the first time that substance misuse services in Wales have had such a comprehensive thematic review.
Following the piloting and testing of the methodology, the first review has recently commenced and is focusing on the planning, commissioning and delivery of substitute prescribing treatment and will evaluate how well treatment that involves the prescribing of opiate substitute drugs within substance misuse services is commissioned and provided.
HIW take a holistic approach covering three strands that are essential markers of quality:
- Service User Experience;
- Clinical Outcomes;
- Governance Arrangements.
This approach will include measuring waiting times, an evaluation of referral pathways for prescribing treatment and the experiences of service users. The review will be of a sufficient depth to provide a comprehensive, qualitative and comparative measure between organisations, identifying areas of best practice and aspects that require improvement and/or further central guidance.
All organisations will receive individual feed-back from HIW and a national report will be published in March 2009.
The future programme of reviews will be informed by the findings of this first review and finalised in partnership with stakeholders from across Wales to identify and prioritise the high-risk issues associated with substance misuse services.
Integrated governance systems, commissioning processes and service user involvement will be an integral element of the whole review programme and a as a minimum all reviews will encompass:
- Commissioners and service providers within the statutory and non-statutory sectors to consider the effectiveness of multi-agency/multi-disciplinary working;
- The experiences of service users; and,
- The measurement of service quality and delivery against existing standards and guidance.