Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
First Minister news conference
First Minister Carwyn Jones has held a press conference following the outcome of the Scottish Referendum result.
- Extra Safe Routes in Communities funding for Bridgend schools
- Ground-breaking North Wales clothing export centre opened
- First Minister news conference
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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
- Draft 10-year plan for the early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales
- Inappropriate admissions guidance
- Draft guidance on housing association board member remuneration
- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government
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Section highlightHousing (Wales) Act 2014The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightWales for Africa grant
The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
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Libraries making a difference
The Welsh Public Library Standards measure the performance of library services across Wales. The previous four frameworks have helped local authorities in Wales to improve in a number of areas. We have issued the fifth framework to continue this work. The framework is available to download below.
What is the purpose of the framework?
The primary aims and objectives are to:
- include outcome measures to show the benefits of using libraries
- act as a driver for improvements to library services and local communities
- be relevant and useful to all local authority library services in Wales
- be transparent, easily understood and accepted by all stakeholders
- provide a robust assessment of the performance of library services.
Welsh Public Library Standards Annual Reports
Local authorities submit a return in early summer each year. This reports on library performance for the previous year. We use a panel of assessors from local government and other experts to consider the performances. We give written feedback reports containing final assessment and advice to local authorities in the autumn of each year. This annual report is based on the information provided by authorities.
The Welsh Public Library Standards do not prescribe a model of how authorities should provide a library service. Feedback within the annual reports therefore reflects each local authority’s particular context.
What are the benefits of the framework?
The framework encourages local authorities to ensure that the public can benefit from:
- the provision of suitable and appropriate access to public library service points
- a suitable and appropriate range of materials and activities available
- access to adequate levels of staffing and a skilled workforce
- adequate capital investment in buildings, effective ICT and efficient managements systems for their library service.
How do I find out more?
You can download “How good is your public library service?”, a guide to the performance assessment framework below.
The annual reports for all 22 public library authorities will also be made available to download in the autumn of each assessment year.