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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 »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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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 »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
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 - Review of Housing Revenue Account Regime and Review of Social Sector Rent Policies
In October 2007, I commissioned a Task and Finish Group, chaired by Sue Essex, to review how the Welsh Assembly Government could best deliver on its commitment for more affordable housing, of the right quality and in the right place. The group reported in June 2008 with a number of key recommendations relating to the financial mechanisms underpinning our affordable housing programmes.
Over the past year, officials have worked closely with partners across the housing sector to implement these recommendations. Following close consultation with the housing sector, I have decided to commission a Review of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Regime and a Review of Social Sector Rent Polices. The independent reviews will aim to:-
- Provide an assessment of the current Welsh Assembly Government social rents and policies;
- Provide a review of options for reforming social rent policies;
- Assess the current HRA regime;
- Provide a review of options for reforming the HRAS regime.
The Rent Review will take as its starting point the analysis of current rent policies in Wales which has already been undertaken, updating the analysis to take account of the changing context as a result of the recession, the current rent restructuring policies in England, and the anticipated reforms to those polices following the English Council Housing Finance Review. More generally it will compare social rent policies and levels in Wales with those in the rest of the UK.
The Housing Revenue Account /Housing Revenue Account Subsidy (HRAS) Review will compare the HRAS regime in Wales with the Housing Finance arrangements in England and Scotland and will take account of the implications of the Review of the Council Housing Finance in England.
In line with my commitment to work closely with all key partners in the housing sector, a Joint Steering Group will be established to guide the Reviews. This will ensure engagement with my officials as well as practitioners so that current realities are captured. A number of organisations and operational partners have been asked to nominate representatives to sit on the Steering Group. I believe this approach will continue the new way of working I have established and ensure that we deliver the best solution for Wales.
Both reviews will be completed in 2010 and I will keep Members updated on the progress of the Reviews.