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Funding to trial new, more efficient methods of delivering public transport to improve access to jobs and services, particularly in rural areas.
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- Consultation on the regulations to introduce a new Firefighters’ Pension Scheme in Wales from April 2015
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- Statutory Guidance to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales in relation to the salaries of Local Authority Chief Executives
- Consultation on the findings of the report on the Impact and Effect of the Non-Domestic Rating (Definition of Domestic Property) (Wales) Order 2010.
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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.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2013-14 »
The 2nd Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2013-14, which was published on 25 June 2013.Learn more »
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European Social Fund (ESF)
The European Social Fund in Wales has been used to support a number of projects aimed at raising skills and job prospects.
This page sets out how the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) is key to ensuring the funding allocated is fully maximised during the 2007 and 2013 Programme.
What is the European Social Fund (ESF)?
ESF aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects.
The ESF is a key part of the EU's strategy for Growth and jobs. It supports the EU's goal of increasing employment by giving unemployed and disadvantaged people the training and support they need to enter jobs. ESF also equips the workforce with the skills needed by business in a competitive global economy.
What do we want to achieve in Wales?
The overall aim of the ESF programmes in Wales is to create a high skill, knowledge driven economy, with full employment, a skilled, adaptable workforce and responsive businesses, at the cutting edge of sustainable development.
How is DfES involved?
DfES is the lead Welsh Government policy department for 6 of the 7 ESF Strategic Frameworks. It is also the lead sponsor for a number of strategic ESF projects representing a significant proportion of the ESF funding available across the Programmes.
What are Strategic Frameworks?
Strategic Frameworks set out the types of strategically linked interventions that will best deliver on the priorities and themes of the Operational Programme, the Programme document for 2007 – 2013.
What types of projects do DfES lead on?
Projects range between Apprenticeships schemes which enable young people to access high quality skills training to develop valuable employment related skills, right through to schemes for people who have been made redundant or are under notice of redundancy.
Want to know more?
Details of the Strategic Frameworks and these projects can be accessed by clicking on the on the left hand side of this page.
If you would like to know more about ESF and other Structural Funds in Wales, visit the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) website. The Welsh European Funding Office is part of the Welsh Government and manages the delivery of the EU Structural Funds programmes in Wales.