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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 »
Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
Minister for Housing and Regeneration Carl Sargeant has launched a White Paper for consultation on the Welsh Government’s legislative proposals to improve arrangements for renting homes.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Culture Minister pledges support to Welsh broadcast industry
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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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 »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in 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 - Statement on the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Reports on the University of Wales
The QAA has published three reports relating to the University of Wales. The first of these is based on the findings of an institutional review, conducted in October 2010. I note the QAA's confidence in the management, academic standards and teaching of the University of Wales.
However, I am concerned that the other two reports are much less positive. One looks at how the University satisfies itself about the good standing of its partner organisations, focusing on particular partner organisations in Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. The report was produced following concerns raised in the autumn last year about the University of Wales relationships with overseas institutions. The remaining report, an audit of the University of Wales’ overseas provision in Singapore conducted in 2010-11, focuses on its partnership with one organisation in particular. Both reports have identified serious weaknesses in the University's external validation arrangements and in its management of its collaborative arrangements.
I welcome the fact that the QAA proposes to work closely with the University of Wales to agree an action plan, detailing actions completed and progress made. This will be monitored through regular meetings between the University and QAA officers.
Members will be aware from my previous Statement on 21 March 2011 that I asked the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to provide me with assurance that the University is addressing issues raised in relation to its quality assurance. I published subsequent correspondence between myself and the Chair of HEFCW and the Chief Executive of QAA.
As I made clear in that Statement, I expect the University to make progress in responding to the problems that have been identified. I am deeply concerned that today's reports provide further evidence of serious failings which still need to be addressed.
I have asked HEFCW to report to me on what scrutiny has been undertaken by the Governing Body of the University of Wales concerning the international activities of the University over the last two years. I expect the Chair of Council of the University of Wales to demonstrate that he is taking these matters seriously.
As the recent McCormick Review highlighted, good governance is needed at national and institutional level to ensure that Wales’ higher education system is globally competitive, strives for excellence and is responsive to the changing needs of learners. I expect those holding senior positions of governance in our higher education institutions to exercise effective oversight of their university’s operations in line with their responsibilities as governors. The reputation of higher education in Wales as a whole is at stake. It is vital, therefore, that the shortcomings highlighted in these reports are addressed by the University of Wales as a matter of the utmost urgency.