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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Written Statement - Single Use Carrier Bag Charge (Wales) Regulations 2010
Members will wish to be aware that the draft Single Use Carrier Bag Charge (Wales) Regulations 2010 will be laid today.
Single use carrier bags represent an iconic symbol of our throwaway society and are an environmental problem. In Wales we took home an estimated 350 million carrier bags last year from the major supermarkets alone, equivalent to 273 bags per household in Wales. And this figure under-represents the full picture since it does not include the millions of bags given out on the high street, corner shops and all other retail outlets. Carrier bags make up an estimated 2.7% of litter by weight and costs approximately £1 million annually to remove in Wales. This is seemingly a very small amount by weight, but carrier bags are light, highly visible and dangerous to wildlife
The proposals to introduce a charge on single use carrier bags in Wales have been the subject of two consultations – one on the general policy direction and a more recent one on the detail. As a result of the consultation process I am pleased to announce some key changes to the proposals as follows:
The statutory minimum charge will be 5p. I am satisfied that this level of charge will bring about significant behavioural change, without presenting an unwarranted obstacle in circumstance where a person genuinely forgets their reusable bag
The charge will come into force on 01 October 2011. I believe that extending the implementation timetable, and bringing it in line with common commencement dates for business, will provide for a smoother and more successful introduction of the charge. It should allow sufficient time to ensure that all retailers are fully aware of the requirements of the legislation and have sufficient time to make physical changes to stores, IT changes, staff training and other changes needed to the core aspects of their business operations in
I will be bringing the regulations forward for consideration by the National Assembly for Wales on 30 November 2010.