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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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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
Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Examples of what isn't considered State aid
Any public assistance provided to organisations (public, private and not for profit) engaged in commercial economic activities needs to comply with the European State aid rules.
However, not all public assistance will be classed as State aid because one or more of the 5 tests is not met.
Some examples of support that would not be classed as State aid are:
Support for non- economic activities
- Funding for regulatory action and public functions of public authorities and the exercise of state prerogatives;
- Support for primary activities of research organisations relating to the provision of teaching and research;
- Support for state education;
- Support for health services operated as a public function of the state.
Support where there is no advantage conferred
- Support for general infrastructure projects that do not benefit specific users e.g. streets, water-ways, coastal paths, cycle trails, improvement of public transport infrastructure or road networks, public amenities, sewage collection;
- Support for the renewal or upgrading of residential areas or properties where funding is made available to individual residents, who are the owner/occupiers of the new or renewed dwellings in question;
- Support where the beneficiary is an individual;
- full market value purchases of goods and services (most effectively demonstrated by a competitive tender that accords with EU public procurement rules);
- Support that satisfies the market economy investor principle (MEIP), broadly, support that a private sector investor would provide in like circumstances (with an equal share of both risk and reward).
Activities that are not considered as selective
- General training schemes such as Modern apprenticeships;
- General awareness raising activities and promotion of best practice through information and guidance available to all;
- General tax measures available for all undertakings throughout the Member State.
The above list does not include all the activities that would not be State aid. There maybe other activities which do not meet one or more of the 5 tests.