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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
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- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
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 - 2011 Annual Substance Misuse Progress Report
The Welsh Government published a ten year strategy “Working Together to Reduce Harm” to tackle substance misuse in Wales in October 2008 which sets out a clear national agenda for tackling and reducing the harms associated with substance misuse in Wales.
Following a change in Ministerial portfolios in May, the lead responsibility for the substance misuse agenda now rests with me as Minister for Local Government and Communities.
The recently published Programme for Government sets out, what the Welsh Government, wants to achieve over the next five years. Chapter Seven entitled “Safer Communities for All” sets out my vision of making our communities safer by reducing the impact of harms associated with substance misuse.
This vision will not be realised by the Welsh Government working alone and we must continue to work in partnership to ensure that progress is made.
I have recently communicated the regional footprint on which the Welsh Government expects public services to work, which build on the Local Health Board and police boundaries. This footprint provides clarity around how public services should collaborate and in a time of continued financial pressures I am keen to ensure that we strengthen arrangements for regional collaboration to plan, commission, performance manage and, where appropriate, deliver services more effectively whilst ensuring the best value for money.
In the substance misuse field we are able to provide evidence of how this can work in practice with the implementation of Area Planning Boards and I expect these Boards to continue to work to strengthen the partnership arrangements across regional boundaries. To assist in this process we are currently undertaking a review of the Boards to share best practice and to identify areas where the Welsh Government can assist partners to enhance regional collaboration.
In times of austerity all partners need to be assured that they are using the resources that are available to the best effect. The Welsh Government will be evaluating the first three years of its ten year strategy. This evaluation will incorporate a cost benefit analysis to assess the impact of the strategy to date. We will also be reviewing the funding formula used to distribute funds to Community Safety Partnerships as well as reviewing our Key Performance Indicators to ensure they are more outcome focused.
Further detail will be published once this key piece of work has been completed. Meanwhile I can confirm our commitment to an enhanced focus on improved volumes of treatment outcomes, safeguarding children from parents who misuse substances and a reduction in drug related deaths as outlined in the Programme for Government.
The attached report provides a summary of progress made to implement the new strategy and how the Welsh Government and its partners have delivered on the key actions contained in the first three year implementation plan.