Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
“Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement – saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales.
- New guidance on care and support for over 65s
- Independent report revealed at the Event Wales International Conference 2013 outlines positive impact of games and events for Wales
- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Implementation of Commission Directive 2013/45/EU concerning the change to the botanical name of tomato
- School term dates regulations
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
- M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation
- Undertaking fatal and non-fatal drug poisoning reviews in Wales
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Children in foster care fall into two main groups, those looked after by a local authority and those fostered privately. We value the role that foster carers play in providing a home for these children.
Three quarters of children in care in Wales are living in foster placements. These are either provided through the local authority or an independent fostering provider.
Our strategy for social services over the next ten years recognises that foster carers:
- are part of the team delivering services to vulnerable children
- value support, and
- have much to contribute as part of this team.
Foster carers have a challenging role, which calls for a range of skills, training and support to meet the diverse needs of children.
Allowances and support for carers
We are committed to implementing fairer and more equitable systems in allowances and support to foster carers that also recognises and to reward those who are highly skilled in caring for children with sometimes complex needs. We have commissioned research to look at developing a national fees and support framework to provide a structured approach to support carers and reward them for the care they provide.
In addition with the Care Council for Wales we are developing a draft Foster Carer Training, Support and Development Induction Standards Framework and accompanying workbooks and guidance. The Induction Standards Framework sets out the skills and competencies that foster carers should be able to demonstrate and will be mapped to National Minimum Standards for Foster Care.
Each of the outcomes in the Framework includes detailed guidance and examples on how to evidence achievement against each outcome. The Induction Standards Framework will play a key role in ensuring that providers make appropriate opportunities and support available to their carers in developing their skills and competencies.
Private foster care occurs when a child a child under 16 (or 18 if disabled) is looked after for more than 28 days by an adult who is not a relative by a private arrangement made between their parent and the carer. Children may be in private foster care if they are cared for on a full time basis by someone other than a parent, someone with parental responsibility for them or a relative.