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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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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
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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 »
Oral - BOSCH Cardiff
Last week’s announcement that Bosch Cardiff will close is extremely disappointing news and a significant blow to the hard-working and highly skilled employees of Bosch and the wider community. Bosch has produced alternators for the automotive industry at the site for nearly 20 years. At its peak, it employed around 1,500 employees at the plant, yet over the last 18 months, staff numbers have reduced owing to declining customer demand in the automotive sector. We have been working extremely closely with the company over the last few months to look at all options available to keep the plant running and to develop other product lines to safeguard as many of the 800 full-time jobs as possible.
Following the announcement on 14 January, I met with Bosch’s senior management team to press the case for keeping the plant open. The Bosch management team outlined that the Bosch Group is currently facing the worst economic downturn for many decades and has been especially hit in the automotive sector. For the first time in 60 years, the Bosch Group will show a negative operating result. In parallel to that, Bosch is reviewing its production sites in the automotive industry as core technologies are being completely transformed to accommodate the demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient and less polluting vehicles. Bosch has consistently reinvested in the Cardiff plant over the years. Most recently, it spent €54 million on new production lines and machines between 2006 and 2009 for the production of the new alternator that was launched in 2005.
The reasons for the decision to close the Cardiff site were based on a study that began in 2007 to investigate the feasibility of the introduction of a next-generation alternator product. The final analysis showed that a new product could not be competitively manufactured in Cardiff. At the meeting, we discussed all options of possible support to Bosch in our efforts to reverse the company’s decision. However, I deeply regret that Bosch has come to the decision to proceed with the option to phase out production, in line with the reduction in customer demand and the transfer of equipment to Hungary by the summer of 2011.
While the consultation period continues until the end of February, it was agreed that we will do everything possible to help those affected by the announcement. We will outline the ReAct programme support that will assist the workforce to find alternative employment and enhance their skills. We also agreed that Bosch would provide us with a list of its Welsh supply chain to offer support to those affected by the announcement. I have also written to Bosch management in Germany, requesting a follow-up meeting.
The news illustrates how Wales, like all of western Europe and the USA, is facing intense competition in this sector from eastern Europe, China and India. That is why we are developing a new approach to the economy, through the economic renewal programme. That will move us away from a grants culture to focus more on developing the skills of our workforce and research and development. Its aim is long-term sustained development. However, manufacturing will continue to be an important part of the Welsh economy, and we more than recognise its value.