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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 - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
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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 »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
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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 »
Bovine TB in Wales - scale of the problem
The incidence of TB in Wales has been increasing over the last 25 years.
In the first half of the twentieth century, bovine TB resulted in many people becoming ill and dying in Britain. This was stopped after the introduction of compulsory pasteurisation of milk and tuberculin testing of cattle in the 1950s. By the 1970s, bovine TB in cattle fell to a low incidence.
In 1985 there were no new TB breakdowns in Wales but since the early 1990s it has increased again. In 2000 there were 264 breakdowns. There was a dramatic increase following the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic when routine testing was stopped for most of the year.
The first Welsh region to suffer a rise in TB was south east Wales, especially Monmouthshire. South West Wales, in particular Pembrokeshire, closely followed this rise and overtook South East Wales in the early 2000s. In mid Wales, especially Western Powys, TB did not start seriously increasing until 2000. There has so far not been much bovine TB in North Wales but it started to increase in 2007, largely in the North West. Annual herd and animal incidence peaked in 2008 then fell in 2009.
One of the TB Eradication Programme’s first major initiatives was to establish TB Health Check Wales. A test of all cattle herds in Wales over a 15 month period to provide a more accurate picture of the disease.
We know from TB Health Check Wales that the incidence of disease varies quite significantly across Wales and within regions. For example, the incidence of TB in North West Wales is low, whereas some areas of South West Wales have the highest incidence of TB in Europe. It should be recognised that even in areas of high TB incidence the majority of herds are not infected and every effort must be made to protect them from infection.
Since January 2010 all cattle herds in Wales have been on annual testing. The increased testing means that the number of undisclosed TB breakdowns is likely to be relatively small.