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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
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 - Modernising the Blue Badge Parking Scheme for Wales
The Badge Scheme was introduced in 1971 to provide parking concessions for registered blind or severely disabled people to enable them to park close to the facilities and services they need to use. There are around 230,000 Blue Badge holders in Wales.
The Welsh Assembly Government is modernising the Blue Badge scheme to make it fit for purpose and we have recently conducted a consultation exercise about this. I will be publishing the action plan on the Welsh Assembly Government internet site next week. This will set out how we will work with stakeholders and partners to take forward a prioritised approach to modernising the Blue Badge scheme. The action plan will outline how we will develop a Scheme to meet the future needs of Welsh citizens in the 21st Century by improving equality of opportunity and access for the most severely disabled people. The main commitments to improve the scheme are to:
- This is a extend eligibility of the Scheme to children under 3 years of age with specific medical conditions;
- extend eligibility of the Scheme to new groups of disabled people;
- look at options to improve the application and assessment process;
- work with local authorities to streamline the administration process;
- reduce Blue Badge abuse by establishing a system of data sharing between local authorities, improving Badge security features and look at the possibilities of civil enforcement officers being able to seize Blue Badges that are being used unlawfully; and
- work with partners such as the British Retail Consortium to tackle parking abuse in private car parks.
This is a wide ranging and extensive programme that will take up to 5 years to deliver although there are opportunities to prioritise some areas for early implementation. For example, I will want to give priority to extending the scheme to children under the age of 3 with specific medical conditions as well as to people with severe congenital disabilities in both arms and who find it difficult to use parking equipment. We need to ensure that the people who are most in need of a Blue Badge are able to access the service quickly and efficiently, but that we make best use of modern technology to put further measures in place to diminish the abuse of the Blue Badge Scheme.
The project will require co-operation from across Welsh Assembly Government departments, as well as the collaboration of local authorities, disability groups and other key stakeholders. We are liasing with UK Government and other devolved administrations to ensure that a cohesive scheme is developed across the UK. I have set up a dedicated team within the Department of Economy and Transport to take this exciting programme forward, to ensure that the Scheme delivers the Government’s commitment to social inclusion, accessibility and improvements to an individuals general well-being and quality of life.