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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 »
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- 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 »
Sites of special scientific interest
Sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) are protected to safeguard these important assets for the benefit of current and future generations. At the time of writing, there are over 1,000 SSSIs covering almost 11 per cent of the land area of Wales.
SSSIs are notified by the Countryside Council for Wales, which selects sites for designation on the basis of well-established scientific criteria (published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee). Some SSSIs are also recognised as being internationally important and have been classified as Special Protection Areas under the Birds Directive (SPAs), listed as Ramsar sites under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, or put forward as candidate Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) under the EC Habitats Directive.
Notifying a SSSI is not the end of the process. Good management and a fruitful partnership between the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and the land manager needs to be maintained over the longer term to protect the features for which the site has been selected.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 was amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to strengthen the protection and management of SSSIs. Key provisions include:
- A power for the Countryside Council for Wales to refuse consent for activities on SSSIs
- A power for the Countryside Council for Wales to formulate management schemes for SSSIs in consultation with land managers, and to enforce these schemes in specific circumstances
- Rights of appeal to the Assembly against certain actions by CCW in relation to SSSIs
- Duties on public bodies to further the conservation and enhancement of SSSIs, and to consult CCW before undertaking or approving operations likely to damage the features of an SSSI
- Measures to address damaging activities by third parties on SSSIs
Increased penalties for offences relating to SSSIs.
Regulations governing the procedures by which the Assembly handles appeals relating to SSSIs came into force on 31 July 2002.