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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 - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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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.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
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 »
Gwenda Thomas AM
Born in 1942. Previously a Civil Servant and Chair of Social Services Committees of West Glamorgan County Council and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. She was Chair of West Glamorgan Campaign for a Welsh Assembly and Vice Chair "Yes for Wales", Neath. Her interests include health, social services and the rights of carers and children, childcare and the voluntary sector. She is a fluent Welsh speaker.
Gwenda was appointed as a Deputy Minister with special responsibility for social services in May 2007. Following re-election to the National Assembly in May 2011, Gwenda Thomas was appointed Deputy Minister for Social Services.
The Deputy Minister for Social Services is responsible for:
- Policy on care in the community;
- Policy on the provision of social services for children and its oversight;
- Adoption and fostering services in Wales, but not adoption of children by UK residents abroad;
- Oversight of all other social services activities of local authorities in Wales including the issuing of statutory guidance;
- Oversight of the Care Council for Wales (which is an Welsh Government Sponsored Body (WGSB));
- Regulation of residential, domiciliary, adult placements, foster care, under 8`s care provision and private healthcare in Wales;
- Receiving and responding to reports from, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales; directing specific inspections when required;
- Inspection of, and reporting on, the provision of social services by local authorities in Wales (via the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales), including joint reviews of social services;
- Cross cutting responsibility for health improvement and older people and carers;
- The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales; and
- Complaints, representations and advocacy under 1989 Children Act in relation to Social Services;
- Information sharing under the Children Act 2004; and
- The Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS), including Supervised Child Contact Centres.
Writing to Ministers
Contact Gwenda Thomas by email at: email@example.com
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