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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 »
- Renting Homes White Paper
- 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
- 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 - Flood and Water Management Act 2010
The Flood and Water Management Bill received Royal Assent on 8 April 2010.
The new Act contains a range of provisions on flood and coastal erosion risk management and water management that will provide better, more sustainable flood and coastal erosion risk management measures for people, homes and businesses, help safeguard community groups from unaffordable rises in surface water drainage charges and protect water supplies to the consumer.
We worked closely with the UK Government to ensure that the Act, which builds on existing legislation for flood and coastal erosion risk management and water management, gives the Assembly Government and Welsh risk management authorities, the right tools to deliver better flood and coastal erosion risk management and water management. Gaps in existing legislation have been closed and clear lines of responsibility drawn. This is central to the flood and coastal erosion risk management provisions in the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
Informed by the consultation responses and pre-legislative scrutiny, the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 includes specific provisions on:
- roles and responsibilities for flood and coastal erosion risk management;
- reservoir safety;
- flood and coastal erosion risk management assets owned by third parties;
- flood resilience within properties;
- sustainable drainage systems;
- rectification of an anomaly relating to the consenting of infrastructure projects in Wales under section 167 of the Water Industry Act 1991
- surface water charges – concessionary schemes for community groups
- water bills – social tariffs
- drought measures;
- reducing the level of “bad debt” in the water industry
- water administration regime; and
- development of a project based delivery approach for large infrastructure projects in the water sector;
The Act reflects the need to adapt to the increasing pressures posed by climate change, which is predicted to increase the likelihood of both extreme weather events such as flood and drought, and the erosion of our coast.
The clear definition of the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in flood risk management set out in the Act will contribute to the protection of the public in Wales. The Welsh Assembly Government will develop a National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management, and local authorities will develop more detailed local strategies to manage flood risk. The Environment Agency will oversee the implementation of the National Strategy.
The modernisation of the reservoir safety regime will ensure that reservoirs in Wales are assessed based on the level of risk not just the size of the reservoir. This will improve the safety of communities in Wales living in close proximity to reservoirs and will see the regulatory burden decreased for many owners of low risk, larger reservoirs.
The use of Sustainable Drainage Systems for surface water drainage in all new housing and business development is required by the Act. This approach to surface water management will reduce flood risk and improve water quality as well as providing improved amenity in many new developments.
I am confident that these measures will contribute to making the people of Wales safer from flooding and coastal erosion.
Our core principles for water are ensuring access to safe drinking water; maintaining water and sewerage services at an affordable price; and ensuring compliance with statutory obligations that drive water quality.
The water provisions contained in the Act will protect the interests of water customers and give water companies more flexibility and scope to better protect our water supplies.
Two recommendations from the Independent Review of Charging for Household Water and Sewerage Services (The Walker Review) have been included in the Act, providing provisions on Bad Debt and Social Tariffs. The clause on Bad Debt will ensure that a named person is listed on water bills for persons who are in rented accommodation, and will assist in tackling the high levels of bad debt within the water industry. The clause on Social Tariffs enables water and sewerage undertakers to include social tariffs in their charges schemes which are designed to reduce the charges for unspecified groups of customers who would otherwise have difficulty in paying water and sewerage bills in full. These are two key recommendations from the Review which required primary legislation to support them.
Over the coming months, the relevant provisions will be commenced and we will be working to put in place the associated Regulations and guidance.