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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
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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 - Haiti
The recent disastrous earthquake in Haiti has devastated what was already a poor country. It is currently being estimated that up to 50,000 people have died and an additional 3 million are suffering severe consequences as a result of the huge damage caused by the quake. International relief efforts are underway involving all key global organisations, national governments from across the world, and emergency relief agencies, but there are clearly also significant challenges around transport access and security in Haiti.
I am sure all our thoughts are with the people of Haiti at this extremely difficult time, and especially those who have lost friends and relatives in this disaster.
The Department for International Development is leading the immediate response on behalf of the UK Government and has sent a team of emergency workers to Haiti and has allocated £20million for the relief fund. The rescue team included firefighters from the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service who have been helping to look for any remaining survivors in the rubble, making damaged buildings safe, and putting up temporary shelter structures for people who have lost their homes and are now living out in the open. I am proud that Welsh people are playing a vital part in this massive humanitarian effort.
At home in Wales we can also provide valuable support and I know many people and organisations are already fundraising to assist the relief work. On behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government I have put out a call urging people to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal. The DEC is an umbrella organisation of 13 major charities which co-ordinates a number of aid agencies so that they can carry out immediate and longer-term relief work in the affected area. Making a contribution this way ensures that money is spent by the agencies who are already on the ground in
For information, the member agencies of the Disasters and Emergency Committee are:
- Action Aid
- British Red Cross
- Care International UK
- Christian Aid
- Concern Worldwide
- Help the Aged
- Islamic Relief
- Save the Children
- World Vision
People should resist the natural desire to collect goods to send directly to Haiti, as previous experience tells us that sending packages from many independent sources can clog up airports and docks with materials that may not be used and can prevent other essential supplies from getting through. The larger aid agencies are best placed to order the most appropriate supplies in bulk, and a cash donation to them helps them to buy whatever is needed most – often locally. If people are making donations to appeals from organisations outside the DEC, we would recommend that they ask how that money will spent and consider whether the channel for getting the relevant support into Haiti is clear.
A joint DfID / Welsh Assembly advice booklet called ‘Disasters and Emergencies Overseas – How you Can Help’, which addresses these issues, is available on the front page of our website.