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 »
Tunnels investment to improve A55 resilience
Major improvements in the resilience and safety of the A55 will be carried out over the next three years as a result of capital investment by the Welsh Government.
- Jobs Growth Wales reaches record high
- Building a world class qualifications system for Wales
- Tunnels investment to improve A55 resilience
- Local authority environmental permitting fees and charges 2014-2015
- Alternatives to Waste Transfer Notes and other aspects of Waste Regulation
- Proposals concerning the publication of official statistics
- 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
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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.