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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
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- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Responsibility and cost sharing
Currently in a disease outbreak all the cost of Government intervention is borne by the taxpayer.
Both the Anderson Inquiry (Lessons to be Learned Report) into the Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic in 2001 and the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy were launched in 2004. They recommended that the responsibility and cost of livestock health and welfare should be appropriately balanced between the industry and the taxpayer.
- To explore whether it is possible to apply coherent principles and develop a more sensible and balanced sharing of responsibilities and costs between Government and Industry in managing both endemic and exotic animal health disease.
- To achieve better management of animal disease risks so that the overall risks and costs are reduced. This supports the Animal Health and Welfare Strategic Aim of 'Prevention being better than cure."
Through the sharing of responsibilities industry will see the following benefits:
- An increased involvement in the decision making process.
- Greater influence by taking greater responsibility for its own decisions and managing its own risks.
- Reduced and improved Regulation.
- Clearer and simpler compensation arrangements.
Government will benefit from increased industry involvement in decision making, which should mean a greater ability to respond and deliver outcomes more effectively and efficiently.
This work is not confined to the UK. The European Union (EU) Community Animal Health Policy (CAHP) Evaluation Team recommended the development of responsibility and cost-sharing schemes in Member states. It is widely expected to become a requirement under the EU Community Animal Health Plan 2007-2013 (external link).
Cost sharing is well established in other EU Member States. For example, in the Netherlands, livestock producers have agreed to finance (up to a ceiling) animal disease outbreaks through a bank guarantee. In Spain, voluntary private insurance (with subsidised premiums) is in place. Further afield, in Australia, producers have entered an agreement to retrospectively repay the costs (subject to certain procedures) incurred in dealing with outbreaks of certain diseases.