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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 - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
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 Statement - End Year Flexibility – the Chief Secretary’s Response
The Finance Ministers of the Devolved Administrations wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 15 February to request full draw down of our stocks of End Year Flexibility. We received a response from the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 28 February.
The Chief Secretary has again refused to allow us access to our EYF stocks either in this year, or in future years. This is money voted by Parliament for the people of Wales to support our economic recovery, improve our public services and the lives of people in Wales. It would help to mitigate the impact of the harsh spending cuts imposed by the UK Government.
The Chief Secretary has demonstrated his lack of appreciation of the UK Government’s “Respect agenda” by comparing the Devolved Administrations with UK Government Departments in the way he is dealing with EYF. The Chief Secretary’s letter does not recognise that the Welsh Assembly Government, and the other Devolved Administrations, are democratically-elected and accountable to their own people and electorates.
The Chief Secretary’s lack of understanding of the realities of devolution and our own accountability arrangements are clearly illustrated by his words. He considers that his approach to the Devolved Administrations’ EYF drawdown has been generous, in respecting the agreements made with the previous administration. This however, is only what we should expect as part of the UK Government’s ‘Statement of Funding’ policy with devolved administrations.
Further, the Chief Secretary considers that the Devolved Administrations’ ability to carry forward declared underspends in 2010-11 into 2011-12 was exceptional, as it was not available to UK Departments.
Our major concern arises from the Chief Secretary’s comments in his letter that EYF is part of the UK wide reserved public spending system and is funded from the Consolidated Fund. He confirms that his decision to abolish the EYF scheme and cancel all existing stocks was in line with the UK Government’s targets on deficit reduction.
As I have said many times, we have played our part in the budget deficit reduction absorbing the £163m June 2010 Budget cuts through careful management of our finances. We need however, the flexibilities recommended by the Holtham Commission to enable us to manage this challenging financial settlement.
We are extremely disappointed in this response, with the continuing lack of understanding of the meaning and implications of devolution, and we will continue to press the Chief Secretary to allow us full drawdown of our EYF stocks in either this or future years.