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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)
In December I issued a statement about the delays in paying some students their Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). I am now able to update Members on the current position.
I have been advised that due to the contingency measures put in place by the Student Loans Company (SLC) all the backlogged applications were cleared by 26th November and the related correspondence was cleared by 5th December. All new applications received since then have been processed within a few days.
I have been very concerned about the effect that the delays have had upon students and their families and I have kept close touch with this matter through my officials.
I am keen to ensure that lessons are learnt from the 2008/09 application round. At my request, SLC officials have conducted a review to identify how the processes that are currently in place can be enhanced. It has been agreed that the following improvements will be introduced from the start of 2009/10:
- The need to complete a birth/adoption confirmation form will be discontinued in 2009/10. It is anticipated that this will significantly reduce the number of applications that are incomplete or missing evidence.
- In 2009/10 applicants will be able to provide their birth certificates as the primary form of identification (although they will be able to provide a passport in evidence if they prefer). This will assist processing and will reduce students’ anxiety about sending their passport through the post and its timely return if they want to use it;
- SLC will employ additional security cleared staff at peak processing times;
- SLC will commence processing applications three weeks earlier than in 2008/09;
- Students applying for support in their second year will be sent a renewal application form and will be encouraged to return it before the end of the summer term.