Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
Tunnels investment to improve A55 resilience
Major improvements in the resilience and safety of the A55 will be carried out over the next three years as a result of capital investment by the Welsh Government.
- Jobs Growth Wales reaches record high
- Building a world class qualifications system for Wales
- Tunnels investment to improve A55 resilience
- Local authority environmental permitting fees and charges 2014-2015
- Alternatives to Waste Transfer Notes and other aspects of Waste Regulation
- Proposals concerning the publication of official statistics
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
- M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation
- Undertaking fatal and non-fatal drug poisoning reviews in Wales
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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Written Statement on Assessment of Communities First Cluster Funding Applications and Process for Implementing Programme Changes
Last November I announced my decisions regarding the future of the Communities First programme. This followed very extensive consultation across Wales during the summer of 2011. A report on the consultation and details of my decisions are available at www.wales.gov.uk/communitiesfirst together with guidance relating to the new programme arrangements.
Local discussions have been continuing across Wales in recent months and plans are now well advanced to bring new, larger Communities First Clusters into being. Applications for funding for these clusters are being finalised now and must be submitted to my officials by 29th June. Based on indications received so far I am expecting that there will be applications for just over 50 Clusters.
The changes to the existing programme are substantial and complex and I am clear that it will take time for these applications to be properly assessed and then for the new programme to take shape in each local area. I have previously approved extensions to all existing Communities First funding until the end of September 2012 to allow applications for the new programme to be prepared. I am now announcing that in the areas which are covered by applications submitted by 29th June – and only in those areas – I am willing to allow a further extension to the existing funding for four months to the end of January 31st 2013.
This further extension will be offered on the basis that the new programme arrangements must be implemented as quickly as possible after I have approved funding for them. In many cases the new arrangements will displace the existing ones and of course no double-funding will be permitted.
I am making this offer to existing Grant Recipient Bodies and Host Employers to support an orderly transition process and to provide additional reassurance to the existing Communities First workforce. I have previously made clear my commitment to the many staff and volunteers who support the programme and this commitment remains. I expect that in future the programme will support a similar number of staff as at present, although there will be changes to many of the roles and in some cases to employers and location of jobs. The Communities First budget remains sufficient to support a workforce of the present size.
There will be a small number of existing Communities First areas which will not continue as such within the new programme. This is normally because they are relatively less deprived and therefore do not meet the criteria for inclusion in one of the new clusters. These areas are able to apply for Exit Strategy funding from the programme until March 31st 2013 and this offer will also be extended to any other areas which do not submit applications by 29th June.
It is essential that all applications for Communities First funding demonstrate how the programme will help to tackle poverty in our most deprived communities, working especially with the most vulnerable individuals, families and groups. Each application will be assessed rigorously and I will only approve funding where I can be confident that Communities First will provide value for money and deliver improved outcomes in terms of Prosperous Communities, Learning Communities and Healthier Communities.