In this section
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
- 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
In this section
- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
In this section
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
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
23 days left
In this section
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 Statement - Publication of the Final Report of the Review of the Supporting People Programme in Wales
I would like to draw the attention of Members to the publication of the report of an independent review of the Supporting People Programme in Wales.
In December 2009 I announced the Review. The review team, led by Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB, interviewed more than 250 people including service users, voluntary sector providers and representatives of local government and housing associations. The team examined a substantial body of evidence. It also considered the provision of Housing Related Support across the UK, Europe and the United States.
The report identifies that the Programme helps approximately 50,000 disadvantaged people every year, which includes some of the most vulnerable people in Wales. These are people who are at risk of losing their homes through issues such as domestic abuse, mental illness and offending behaviour.
Without the support provided by the Programme, many people would be at risk of losing their home, which could move them even further down a route of severe disadvantage.
The report concludes ‘The Supporting People Programme in Wales is highly regarded throughout the United Kingdom. There is compelling evidence that the Programme in Wales is providing commendable and sorely needed assistance, support and relief for the most vulnerable and disadvantage people who have either lost or are at risk of losing their homes.’
It is clear that the support provided by the Programme plays a very important part in reducing the demands on other public services, including the NHS and Social Services. It is also highly relevant to Social Justice and community safety.
It is also clear from the Review that there is a need for further improvements in order to ensure that the Programme meets the needs of the vulnerable people as efficiently as possible. The report makes twenty five recommendations, which cover issues such as:-
- Fair access to services across Wales;
- Increased collaboration between the voluntary sector and local government;
- Strengthening arrangements for commissioning and regulating services;
- Improved understanding of the effectiveness and value of services to the public purse.
I am now considering the Reports findings and recommendations and how these can be taken forward. I am grateful to Professor Aylward and his team for such a thorough Review.
The full report and an executive summary are available on the Welsh Assembly Government’s website.