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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 »
Living Longer: Ageing Well
The third phase of the Welsh Government’s pioneering Strategy for Older People in Wales has been launched.
- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
- “Wales is leading the way on Sustainable Procurement” – Jane Hutt
- Living Longer: Ageing Well
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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 »
- 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 »
Consultation on scrutiny and political structures
Governance and Scrutiny of Local Government in Wales
Part II of the Local Government Act 2000 (the “2000 Act”) introduced different models for governance arrangements of local authorities in Wales, allowing councils to introduce one of three executive models (Mayor and Cabinet; Leader and Cabinet; or Mayor and Council Manager) or a “fourth option” of alternative arrangements where the council is headed by a politically balanced board.
The executive became responsible for most local authority functions, working within a policy framework set by the full council. The 2000 Act also brought about the creation of overview and scrutiny committees, made up of non-executive (“backbench”) councillors, to scrutinise the work of the executive as well as reviewing policy within and without the council itself as they affected the local area.
We have now entered an era, however, where public services in Wales have developed significantly from the circumstances which applied at the time of the 2000 Act; the introduction of the Making the Connections agenda, the Beecham review, Local Service Boards and regional cooperation amongst local authorities have changed the context in which local authorities and their partners work.
The Assembly Government considers that changes may be needed to the scrutiny and executive arrangements within local authorities to keep pace with policy developments.
The Local Democracy and Economic Development and Construction Act 2009
The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 received Royal Assent in November 2009. It includes provisions which confer on the National Assembly legislative competence with respect to scrutiny and governance matters in local government. The policy proposals set out in this consultation document flow from that competence and would be included in an Assembly Measure which the Assembly Government hopes to introduce to the Assembly in 2010.
Your views are invited on the proposals set out in the accompanying paper.
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