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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 - Response to the Electoral Commission's report- 'Accounting for elections- The National Assembly for Wales elections 2007'
The Electoral Commission published its report "Accounting for elections - The National Assembly for Wales elections 2007" in March this year. The exercise was undertaken at the request of the Welsh Assembly Government in order to look at the accounting arrangements operated by Returning Officers for the May 2007 National Assembly for Wales elections.
The Electoral Commission makes 7 recommendations of which three are aimed at the Assembly Government and one jointly at the UK and Welsh Assembly Governments.
The first recommendation was that before settling the election accounts for the 2007 elections, further clarification and evidence should be sought from the Returning Officers regarding the clerical assistance and training costs elements of their claims, where appropriate. All 22 Returning Officers were asked for assurances regarding these elements of their claims. Of the 21 replies received to date, all provide written assurances that those parts of the election claims were properly incurred and fully justified for the effective and efficient conduct of the elections. On the basis of these assurances, the accounts relating to the May 2007 elections can now be settled.
The second recommendation was that the Welsh Assembly Government considers introducing a fixed fee regime for specific known tasks associated with running elections. This is something I shall consider in advance of making the fees and charges Order for the next Assembly elections in 2011.
The third recommendation is that advice is offered to Returning Officers on the VAT situation regarding election expenses. This, again, is something we shall clarify well in advance of the 2011 elections.
The joint recommendation for the Welsh Assembly and UK Governments, that there should be a review of the legislative framework surrounding the conduct of elections is something that is already being addressed. The Electoral Commission convened a round table discussion on funding for elections which was attended by representatives of the Welsh Assembly Government, the Ministry of Justice, the Wales Audit Office and the National Audit Office, the Scottish Office and the Northern Ireland Office. The group has agreed to reconvene at a future date with the aim of developing a more transparent and accountable system of financing elections
The Electoral Commission's report suggests that there may be elements of established custom and practice in elections accounting which do not sit comfortably with the modern standards of transparency and accountability expected throughout the public service. I welcome the opportunity presented by this report to work with our partners to develop a fair and publicly acceptable method of financing Assembly elections in the future.