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Health Minister gives go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in Wales
A new law to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco will apply in Wales, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.
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- Health Minister gives go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in Wales
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- Review of requirements for the trading of captive bred birds
- Harmonising school term dates for 2016 to 2017
- Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Consultation on the Regulations and code of practice in relation to part 11 of the Act.
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- European Social Fund Local Service Board development and priority delivery project
- Evaluation of the Choose Pharmacy common ailments service
- Housing demolitions and hazards
- Regional economic and labour market profiles
- Welsh Government People Survey
- Welsh language use survey
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Countryside and coastal access
The public and visitors have the right to walk on 20% of Wales.
This covers 360,000 hectares of open country and registered common land, and 100,000 hectares of Forestry Commission land. This land is spread across Wales, and some of it is within the National Parks.
Countryside & Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000
The Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 gives walkers access to the countryside and amends the law on public rights of way within it. This came into force in Wales on 28 May 2005. All open country and registered common land has been mapped in Wales by The Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). Further information on this can be found on their website.
We can create secondary laws on rights of way covering:
- Part I Access Land (including maps);
- Part II Rights of Way;
- Part III Sites of Special Scientific Interest;
- Part IV Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and
- Part V Local Access Forums.
Walking and cycling
Walking and cycling are excellent ways to get out into our natural environment. They are also cheap, healthy and environmentally friendly ways of travelling. Our footpaths and cycle routes are important assets.
In 2009, we launched a Walking and Cycling Action Plan for Wales 2009-2013. It encourages more walking and cycling so people use their cars less often. The plan contains targets to increase walking and cycling in children and adults.
Coastal access and the Wales Coast Path
Our Coastal Access Improvement Programme (CAIP) aims to improve existing coastal paths and to develop new routes. The Wales Coast Path was completed and opened on 05 May 2012.
Work is continuing to ensure everyone can use the path, including cyclists, disabled people and horse riders.
Access to water
The Splash fund is managed by NRW. It provides funding to increase safe and responsible access to water while considering the needs of the environment and different groups of people.
More information on all the above can be found by following the links on the left.