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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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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.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
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.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Standard Spending Assessments
They are an important part of the formula for distributing Revenue Support Grant to local authorities and are calculated to reflect the differing costs of providing services in each authority area because of their different demographic, physical, economic and social characteristics.
A total SSA is calculated for each local authority and is built up from component parts for each service the authority provides, such as education or social services. The SSA calculation is broken down between the different services provided by local authorities. These different elements are called service Indicator-Based Assessments (IBAs). An authority's IBA is not a spending target. It is for each local authority to determine its own spending priorities from it's overall funding allocation and what it can raise from council tax.
Each IBA has its own distribution formula, which uses objective indicators to distribute the IBA between local authorities. The primary and secondary education IBAs use pupil numbers and measures of deprivation and sparsity to distribute funding. The individual service IBAs for an authority are then added together to give the total SSA for that local authority.
The Bramley Review
Concerns about basing distribution of the local government settlement on historic costs of providing education services were explored by the Committee on School Funding in 2006. A report was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of its response to the School Funding Committee which investigated alternative approaches for funding formulae. The results of Professor Bramley of Heriot-Watt University's review of the methodology used to distribute resources for education in the settlement, published in November 2007, presented an alternative methodology that focussed on outcomes. It explored the link between deprivation and pupil attainment. More detailed consideration of the study's findings will be taken forward through the Distribution Sub-Group. Education officials and other practitioners will be fully involved in that work.
The Green Book is a statistical companion to the Local Government Finance Report. It provides background information for the calculation of Standard Spending Assessments for the annual local government revenue settlement.