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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
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 - Launch of Consultation – “Sustaining the Land” A review of Land Management Support under Axis 2 of the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-13
The Wales Rural Development Plan, agreed with the European Commission (EC), commits the Assembly Government to undertake a wide-ranging review of programmes under Axis 2 of the Rural Development Regulation (Reg. EC/1698/2005), with the aim of modifying the Plan to implement changes arising from the review. Axis 2 covers all our land management programmes: our agri-environmental schemes including Tir Gofal, woodland grants, and Tir Mynydd. As part of this process, I am launching a consultation this morning, Monday, 29th September, “Sustaining the Land”, inviting comments on the broad options available for future programmes under Axis 2.
The review is being undertaken because the Assembly Government has recognised that a number of fundamental issues need to be addressed in the future design of land management support, including:
- the need to tackle wider environmental challenges including climate change – reducing emissions and adapting to climate change;
- meeting the challenges posed by the CAP Health Check proposals – specifically the role of land management in combating climate change, improving water management and maintaining and enhancing biodiversity;
- the need to prepare for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive;
- the need for greater integration between schemes to attain a range of environmental benefits which are responsive to local, as well as national, environmental needs,
- the need to support the family farm, particularly in the LFA, recognising the past importance of Axis 2 funding in providing that support
The review will also help us to respond to the issues raised by the Wales Audit Office’s recent report on Tir Gofal.
The Assembly Government will support the consultation process with discussion meetings with farmers and other stakeholders throughout Wales.
The consultation is the first step in the process of developing a new framework of programmes under Axis 2. It sets out the issues behind the review and offers a range of possible broad options for future direction. In the light of the consultation, we will proceed, in close engagement with stakeholders, to work up the detailed design and delivery of programmes. These will of course need to be agreed with the European Commission. The budget for Axis 2 schemes is set out in the RDP until 2013. There are a number of different interests who will wish to prioritise spend in a variety of ways. The Assembly Government is keen to promote schemes under Axis 2 that meet public concerns on climate change mitigation whilst ensuring that farmers are able to continue to manage land for their purpose of food production and maintaining the traditional Welsh family farm.
A copy of the consultation document is attached for your information.
The document is available on the Assembly Government website and hard copies have been placed in the Library.