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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 - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
- Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
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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.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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 »
- Growth & Sustainable Jobs
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- Safer Communities for All
- Tackling Poverty
- Rural Communities
- Environment & Sustainability
- Culture & Heritage of Wales
There are deep, entrenched and long-standing inequalities within society.
There are deep, entrenched and long-standing inequalities within society. These inequalities are aggravated by UK Government decisions on public expenditure and welfare reform. There is a strong link between these inequalities and poverty; people’s life chances are often heavily shaped before birth and in their early years.
The pay difference between men and women has been gradually narrowing, and the pace has increased from 2008. Education and skills are important factors in how people fare in the labour market, and disabled people are significantly less qualified than others. Educational attainment among pupils with Special Educational Needs improved slightly between 2009-10 and 2010-11 but is still well below average.
The Welsh Government was the first in Britain to bring in specific equality duties to help devolved public authorities meet the general equality duty in the Equality Act 2010 - to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. These specific duties came into force in April 2011.
In line with these duties, in April 2012 we published our Strategic Equality Plan setting objectives for tackling inequalities based on sound evidence and extensive engagement, and the actions we will take, across all Welsh Government departments, to meet them. These include: addressing inequality in education, employment and skills outcomes; reducing health inequalities; increasing the provision of affordable childcare; and addressing under-representation in public appointments.
Chapter 8 of the Programme for Government will be updated next year to build in the objectives and actions in the Strategic Equality Plan, with appropriate indicators to track progress. Poverty and inequality are closely linked and our Strategic Equality Plan and Tackling Poverty Action Plan will dovetail.
Other progress this year:
- We have acted on findings from evaluation of Community Cohesion funding and from April 2012 we are funding a new network of Community Cohesion Officers working with local authorities.
- We have established better arrangements for engaging with partners through the new Women’s Equality Network and the new Race Forum.
- In September we published a Framework for Action on the issues faced by Gypsy and Traveller families. The number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites has increased and changed funding arrangements have encouraged more applications from Local Authorities for new or improved sites.
- In July 2011 we published a Strategy and Action Plan for asylum seekers and refugees.
- We are well-advanced in developing a Framework for Action for Independent Living for disabled people, based on extensive engagement.