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 »
“Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement – saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales.
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- Independent report revealed at the Event Wales International Conference 2013 outlines positive impact of games and events for Wales
- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Implementation of Commission Directive 2013/45/EU concerning the change to the botanical name of tomato
- School term dates regulations
- 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 the activities of the Welsh Government in promoting Wales during the Olympics
Visit Wales will help ensure that the Welsh tourism industry benefits, as much as possible, from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being staged this summer.
As is appropriate, Visit Wales leverage of the Games is being undertaken in close collaboration with long-time partners, Visit Britain, including liaison with them on the extensive “Great Britain – You’re Invited” Campaign. This is intended to ensure that audiences viewing this campaign and considering a trip to, or around, Britain are made fully aware of the additional attractions of a visit to Wales. The aim is to position Wales as a potential alternative for visitors, from UK and overseas, who may be seeking to spend some time away from London during the Games, and as another location from which to enjoy many Games-time experiences.
Visit Wales activity has, therefore, included:
- Providing appropriate press stories, images and video materials to Visit Britain for inclusion in the “You’re Invited” campaign
- Taking steps to ensure that images of Wales are considered for inclusion in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games
- Providing supporting information for press toolkits being distributed to the world’s media by Visit Britain
- Ensuring an effective Wales presence in the Visit Britain-run media center operating in central London during the run-up to, and then for the duration of, both the Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Establishing and maintaining links with official overseas broadcasters attending the Games and ensuring that they have access to Visit Wales-generated film footage
Efforts will concentrate specifically on drawing additional attention to two important projects for future tourism in Wales – the Wales Coast Path, recently launched by VW and partners, and the forthcoming celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. Journalists visiting the UK this summer will be encouraged to come to Wales in order to learn more about both programmes, as well as to cover a unique Welsh offering – the World Alternative Games 2012, to be staged in Llanwrtyd Wells.
In addition, special efforts will be made, in collaboration with appropriate partners, to feature Cardiff as Wales’ Olympic venue city in relevant publicity material and press visits.
This activity will form part of a coordinated promotional and publicity offer from Visit Wales. The relay, this week, of the Olympic flame around Wales has showcased key Welsh locations to a world-wide audience and next month Visit Wales will undertake an e-mailing to 100,000 customer database contacts, featuring locations on the Olympic torch route and detailing alternative places to visit in each area.
Communication with the influential UK and international travel trade during this time will reflect Wales’ role in helping to host, mark and celebrate the Games, including Wales’ contribution to the Cultural Olympiad and Wales’s success in attracting teams to undertake their pre-Games training camps at Welsh sporting venues. To this end, a VIP familiarization visit to Wales, hosting up to 20 Chief Executives of leading tour operator companies, will be undertaken in August.