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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 »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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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 »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes 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
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
- Public Services in Wales
- 21st Century Healthcare
- Supporting People
- Welsh Homes
- Safer Communities for All
- Tackling Poverty
- Rural Communities
- Environment & Sustainability
- Culture & Heritage of Wales
Key actions the Welsh Government is undertaking to deliver improvements.
A thriving rural economy:
- Publish a delivery plan to support the existing Food Strategy: Food for Wales, Food From Wales. We will also review this strategy to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.
- Support the food production industry by developing, promoting and marketing Welsh food, including the strengthening of supply chain linkages where appropriate.
- Apply best practice with the dairy, horticulture and fisheries sectors, taking a lead from the work of Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales) in order to develop and strengthen the sector-based approach to develop these industries in Wales.
- Diversify and strengthen the rural economy by the promotion of new and innovative products and processing; the pursuit of new markets; the growth of cooperative marketing arrangements; and investment in new equipment and facilities.
- Invest in quality tourism business and more effectively market Wales’ visitor attractions, accommodation and food industry. We will seek to deliver a more holistic approach to marketing these opportunities.
- Ensure that the needs of Wales and Welsh farming are fully recognised within the UK negotiating position on future reform to the EU CAP and the Common Fisheries Policy.
- Promote sustainable agricultural, food and fisheries industries in discussions and negotiations with other UK Administrations and the European Commission.
- Maintain investment under the Wales Rural Development Plan to support the competitiveness of farming and forestry, promote sustainable land management and improve the quality of life in rural communities.
- Work with partners to support the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the Welsh Uplands.
- Invest in developing and promoting a sustainable fisheries industry under the Wales European Fisheries Fund.
- Ensure the CAP direct payments to farmers are made effectively, efficiently and in a timely manner.
- Review the regulation and administration associated with the agricultural industry. The first stage of this review will be published in early 2012.
- Work alongside the agricultural industry and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to implement all the recommendations of the MacDonald Review that are relevant to Wales. We will also take forward the Williams process to further reduce red tape and to review the business of government in the sector.
- Take a science-led approach to evaluate and review the best way of tackling Bovine TB.
- Review and test contingency plans for animal disease emergencies.
- Ensure delivery against the requirement plan for animal health.
- Prioritisation of the National Transport Plan to improve access to key sites and settlements, particularly in rural areas, with an emphasis on improving the quality and provision of healthy and more sustainable travel choices.
Ensuring rural communities have access to faster broadband speeds and new digital services:
- Work with Ofcom to ensure that regulation is used as a tool to ensure that rural communities have acceptable access to broadband and new digital services.
- Implement the Next Generation Broadband for Wales project to ensure that all residential premises and all businesses in Wales will have access to high speed broadband by 2015, with the ambition that 50 per cent or more have access to 100Mbps roll-out schedule.
- Ensure that as part of this, rural communities are not left behind in the development of fast broadband. We will continue to work to both eliminate “not-spots” and to ensure that there is fair and equal access to higher broadband speeds across the whole of Wales.
- Work to ensure wider access to mobile phone coverage in rural Wales by working with the communications regulator, Ofcom, and with the mobile industry, to identify mobile coverage gaps and the barriers that need to be overcome to address these gaps.
Improving public services for rural communities:
- Encourage the development of community transport schemes that meet the needs of those living in rural areas.
- Examine the best options for providing local bus services in rural areas that are both reliable and a viable means for travelling to work.
- Through the Rural Health Plan, ensure that all public services are delivered in ways that recognise the particular needs of rural Wales.
- Look to ensure that local health services are provided as close to people’s homes as possible, while acknowledging some specialist services will be located further afield in order to be most effective.
- Continue to improve access to care in rural areas through innovation such as telemedicine, mobile outreach services and building on community ownership and initiatives in line with the Rural Health Plan.
- Improve the TrawsCymru Network of Long Distance Bus Services.
- Explore options for bus services in rural areas, such as the Bwcabus pilot scheme.
- Continue to provide concessionary bus passes.
- Deliver an improved approach to “rural proofing” all Welsh Government strategies and policies.
- Monitor the use of the rural proofing tool kit throughout government.
- Share good practice in health services learnt from local innovation and development sites.
- Develop a model for rural health planning.
- Identify clinical leaders and develop infrastructure for telemedicine.
- Seek different ways of promoting social cohesion throughout rural and urban Wales.
- Examine how we can develop new models of service delivery in the deep rural areas.