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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Written Statement - Skills Conditionality
If you want to improve your results, you need to get the best from your team. And that’s where we come in.
Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills
This statement is to update Members on the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) current position regarding the implementation of their skills conditionality policy in Wales.
In February 2011, I wrote to Chris Grayling, UK Government Minister for Employment about the potential impact of the DWP’s skills conditionality policy in relation to Welsh Government funded provision. In subsequent correspondence over an extended period, most recently in April this year, I have continued to express concern about DWP’s policy of trying to enforce unemployed people to learn through the threat of benefit sanctions. The Welsh Government is yet to be convinced by this approach and I have consistently requested that the UK Government provide evaluation of their activity in England before deciding whether to support the implementation of the policy in Wales.
Despite making our position clear, the DWP confirmed its intention to push ahead regardless and has been trying to put arrangements in place to make attendance at Welsh Government funded provision mandatory for customers perceived as needing to address a skills gap.
I was resolute in my commitment to oppose this apparent disregard for our position. I am pleased to confirm that, in a sudden reversal of their decision, DWP has now confirmed that it will respect the Welsh Government position of continuing to deliver our learning and skills programmes on a voluntary engagement basis until such time that it is able to provide evaluation of activity for us to review our position again. It will therefore only mandate skills conditionality through programmes that the DWP itself funds.
Whilst the DWP can continue to pursue skills conditionality through their own funded provision, I believe their recent about-turn on arrangements in Wales demonstrates not only respect for our position, but also recognises that UK Government policy may not always align with that of the Welsh Government.