Contingency planning for winter weather »Severe weather requires robust, collaborative planning between the Welsh Government and the public and private sectors in Wales.Learn more »
Health Minister gives go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in Wales
A new law to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco will apply in Wales, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.
- School Categorisation results published
- Survey on Welsh language use welcomed
- Health Minister gives go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in Wales
- Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Consultation – UK Marine Programme of Measures
- Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales
- Review of requirements for the trading of captive bred birds
- Harmonising school term dates for 2016 to 2017
- Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Consultation on the Regulations and code of practice in relation to part 11 of the Act.
- Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 - Consultation on the regulations and code of practice in relation to Part 2 of the Act
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Section highlightQualifications Wales BillThe Bill will establish Qualifications Wales as an independent regulator for qualifications and the qualification system in Wales.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update
This 6th edition details over 370 investments across both public and private sectors with a value of more than £40bn.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
- European Social Fund Local Service Board development and priority delivery project
- Evaluation of the Choose Pharmacy common ailments service
- Housing demolitions and hazards
- Regional economic and labour market profiles
- Welsh Government People Survey
- Welsh language use survey
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Understanding Wales’ Future
Understanding Wales’ Future complements the Programme for Government and will help drive delivery over the course of the next four and a half years. It is not an attempt to forecast the future: instead it provides a stock-take of Wales’ assets, set against a backdrop of global trends that will drive change in the future.
The analysis highlights Wales’ evident strengths:
- We have an open and competitive economy, which is an integral part of the UK and European market;
- We have a vital sense of national identity and cultural heritage;
- And we are well-placed to seize the opportunities that our natural environment and resources have to offer.
It is also realistic about the structural challenges we have to deal with:
- The range of problems linked to poverty - which require continued and concerted action if we are to make a big difference to people’s life chances;
- Our economy’s ability to attract people and investment - with the right infrastructure, workforce and locations;
- And the risks posed by climate change - which could have serious implications for Wales’ future.
With severe constraints on our budget, it is all the more important to be clear about where we should invest our resources to achieve sustainable results for the people of Wales. Understanding Wales’ Future is an honest assessment of our relative position, and the analysis contained in this publication is intended to help us to deliver significant, measurable, improvements in the longer term prospects of people living in this country.