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Programme for Government


The Programme for Government is our plan of action. It represents a real commitment to delivery, measured by the impact government is actually having on people's lives.

Programme for government

The Programme for Government is our roadmap for this Assembly term. It represents a real commitment to delivery, and a move away from an approach to measuring success that placed too much emphasis on the amount of money spent, or the number of policies implemented, rather than the impact government is actually having on people's lives.

In contrast, this document emphasises the outcomes we are working towards: healthy people living productive lives in a more prosperous and innovative economy; safer and more cohesive communities, with lower levels of poverty and greater equality; a resilient environment with more sustainable use of our natural resources and a society with a vital sense of its own culture and heritage. To show how we will work towards these goals, each chapter of the Programme for Government includes a series of indicators that demonstrate how we are delivering for the people of Wales.


Progress report

This 2nd annual report on our Programme for Government shows what we have achieved after the 1st two years of this administration, and is candid about what we still have to do.

The wider UK policy environment has changed dramatically over the past year. The austerity and welfare policies of the UK Government are beginning to bite. The macro-economic picture remains uncertain. 

Here, at home, the key structural challenges remain the same. We want to develop an economy capable of generating the jobs and wealth needed to meet the needs of all our citizens. We want to create a society which is fair, inclusive and vibrant. For the first time the National Assembly is exercising primary legislative powers and changing the law of our land, on our own terms.

Using all the policy tools at our disposal, as this report shows, we are delivering on the commitments set out in my Programme for Government. However, our overriding priority is to generate jobs and growth, and to tackle poverty.  The Civil Service has been instructed to mobilise the whole machinery of government, and the wider public sector in Wales, to line up squarely behind delivering these aims.


Transparency and accountability

This annual report puts transparency and accountability at the heart of what we do as a Government. This is because the people of Wales should know what their Government is doing on their behalf. It is also a self discipline which ensures all parts of the Welsh Government and our partners are focused on delivery.

The report contains a full set of updates on progress made on the commitments set out in our Programme. It includes all the available data for the indicators that measure the delivery of our programmes and for the indicators of the key outcomes.

Comparative data

We have set out our annual report using comparative information wherever possible. This includes UK and wider international comparisons. Where data comes from official statistics the source is clearly identified. Where data is collected as part of the Welsh Government’s normal monitoring of its and its partners’ activity this is clearly stated. The data and its analysis are presented as clearly as possible.