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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 »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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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 »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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 »
Oral Statement - Regeneration Framework Areas
Yesterday, I launched the regeneration investment fund for Wales. Today, I want to update Members on a further important development in the field of regeneration, namely the framework for regeneration areas. Regeneration is about people and places, and itaims to make sustainable places over the long term in order to improve the quality of life of the people who live and work in and around those places. The term 'regeneration’ covers a variety of activities, from the physical renewal of urban spaces to improve economic viability, sustain distinctiveness and address market failures, to working with people in their communities to tackle underlying causes of deprivation. Such activities take place all over Wales through different organisations and partnerships.
The publication of a framework for regeneration areas is intended to provide clarity on our regeneration areas approach and on how we will approach future investment. It is set within the context of wider Government action, but looks specifically at the regeneration areas approach that is led by my department. It has been developed after having listened carefully to different groups involved in regeneration across Wales, and the continued collaboration between this Government and the wider sector is a key principle of the framework.
In line with our 'One Wales’ commitments, we first announced a model for regeneration areas three years ago. Regeneration areas aim to address inequalities experienced across geographic areas in Wales by investing in places that are currently underperforming, both economically and in terms of wellbeing, in order to raise their performance. By investing in areas that are currently underperforming, we aim to improve levels of prosperity and wellbeing in Wales as a whole. We aim to take advantage of investment opportunities that will lead to sustainable development in urban and rural hubs across Wales.
There are now seven regeneration areas, delivering significant benefits for some of our most disadvantaged areas. They are in places in which extra, co-ordinated effort can make a real difference in renewing places and the communities that live in them. We are investing in areas in which market forces alone will not support regeneration, particularly where there are concentrations of deprivation.
It is now time to take stock. We need to ensure that we are learning from the best practice in regeneration and building on innovative practices that have been developed in Wales. The document does not alter our policy, but it sets out a clearer framework for delivery for all those involved in regeneration activity. I am committed to open, transparent and inclusive Government. That is one of the reasons why I am publishing this framework for regeneration areas. I want this document to provide a framework to guide practical action so that these principles are translated into practice.
Over the past three months, my officials have worked closely with partners to identify where we are succeeding through the regeneration area approach, but also where we need to do things better. The framework sets out a collaborative approach to making future investment decisions in regeneration areas. It also sets out the principles that should drive the new approach and which should form a basis for future investment decisions. One of the principles that will guide investment going forward is that activity in these areas should support wider Government policies and programmes. A message that we have received loud and clear from partners is that national, as well as local, policies should be integrated as much as possible. I want to see a clear and simple policy drive for regeneration at a national level, supporting effective delivery at a local level.
Beyond our regeneration area approach, there is now a wider piece of work to be done to co-ordinate regeneration-led activity across Government. I am establishing a national regeneration panel to provide expert advice and oversee this work. I will make a further announcement about the composition of the panel before the end of the year. I commend this framework to Members, and I welcome comments now and over the coming months.