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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.
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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 »
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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 - Micro-Business Task and Finish Group Report – Response
The Micro-Business Task and Finish Group I set up in September 2011, under the Chairmanship of Robert Lloyd-Griffiths, Director Wales, Institute of Directors, launched their report on the 18 January 2012.
The report identified five key priorities; awareness and access of business support services for micro-business, access to finance, mentoring and coaching, public sector procurement and regulatory burden.
In the micro-business debate on 31 January I made a commitment to update Members with information on the implementation proposals. I have now considered and am happy to accept all of the recommendations underpinning the priorities that fall within my portfolio. A full implementation plan has been drawn up and is being delivered against.
Actions I am taking immediately include the following:
• Develop, define and test proposals from the Micro-Business Task and Finish Group on creating a clear business support brand;
• Promote and raise awareness of, and access to business support for micro-businesses;
• Prioritise access to finance, for example the SME growth fund which will be open for applications by the end of March. The Department is also in advanced discussions with Finance Wales on setting up a £6m fund specifically targeted at micro-businesses;
• Enhance lobbying by the Welsh Government on non devolved regulatory burden that impact on Welsh business;
• Engaging with stakeholders to ensure solutions meet requirements;
• Research global best practice to inform implementation, for example, the New Zealand Mentoring model; and
• Commission a review to consider streamlining the number of publically funded business support products and providers.
In the short to medium term the following actions will be implemented:
• Establishing a network of One Stop Shops across Wales to provide businesses with direct and indirect support by expanding and redirecting the current Regional Centre Service. The approach will be piloted from this April followed by full roll out by January 2013;
• Aligned to and included in the delivery of the One Stop Shop approach, deliver:
- Establishment of a pan-Wales mentoring and coaching scheme;
- Access to appropriate finance options including funding up to £20,000;
- Support aimed at minimising the impact of regulation on business, developed with engagement from the Welsh Government funded Local Better Regulation Office;
- Access to provision of international trade and exporting support;
• Communicate with stakeholders and ‘go live’ with the business support brand across the support offer;
• Lobby for change and implement positive action to minimise regulation e.g. Business Rate Review Task and Finish Group and Whitehall Red Tape Challenge; and
• Continue to deliver next generation broadband infrastructure across Wales through the existing project.
In addition, in relation to public sector procurement, on the 21st February the Finance Minister and Leader of the House announced the commissioning of a review into the impact of public procurement policy across Wales and I will provide the related recommendations for consideration.
In order to fully implement this report a whole government approach will be crucial. The report recommends strongly that effective and co-ordinated cross departmental and organisation work will be needed to deliver an over-arching framework to ensure stability and focussed support for micro-businesses.
I will provide Members with updates on progress and delivery against the implementation plan and my officials will be working closely with stakeholders on the specific details of implementation.