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.
- New guidance on care and support for over 65s
- 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 »
- Statistics & Research
History and factfile
Find out more about the people, culture, language and landscape of Wales.
- The total land surface of Wales is 20,779 km² (8,023 sq miles), of which roughly 80% is devoted to agriculture.
- The country measures 274km (170 miles) from north to south, and 96km (60miles) from east to west at its shortest points, with a 1200km (750 mile) coastline.
- It has 3 National Parks, 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 41 Blue Flag beaches and 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Just over 3.1 million people live in Wales, with a population density of 150 people per km². About 1 in 20 of the UK population lives in Wales, which has 1.3 million households.
- Life expectancy in Wales is 77.6 years for males and 81.8 years for females.
- Welsh and English are our official languages, with 19% of the population speaking Welsh, one of Europe's oldest living languages.
- Welsh is spoken widely throughout the country and is the first language in many areas - particularly in the north and west. National TV and radio stations broadcast in Welsh; road signs are bilingual; all school children study Welsh up to age 16 and there are Welsh language medium schools, books, newspapers and websites.
- Wales has 6 cities: Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bangor, St. David's and St. Asaph. The biggest of which are Cardiff with a population of 346,100; Swansea has 239,000 whilst Newport has 145,700
- The total GVA (Gross Value Added) in Wales in 2011 was £47.3 billion. GVA per head in Wales in 2011 was £15,696.
- Exports in the four quarters up to and including 2012 quarter 3 amounted to £13.0 billion, with the top 3 being: Petroleum, Petroleum Products and Related Materials (£4.2b), Power Generating Machinery and Equipment (£2.9b) and Iron and Steel (£1.2b)
- There are now 10 universities in Wales and in 2011/12 there were 131,185 students enrolled in Higher Education institutions. There are 18 Further Education colleges and institutions catering for almost 180,000 learners.
- In January 2012 there were 1,753 maintained schools in Wales, with more than 467,000 pupils. Over 500 schools teach through the medium of Welsh and as of January 2011 there were 56 Welsh medium secondary schools, with 41,252 pupils.