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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 »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
- Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
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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.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.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
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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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 »
Consumer energy watchdogs
There are several organisations across the UK who act as energy watchdogs and these are:
Ofgem is the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets. Ofgem’s first priority is to protect consumers by promoting competition and regulating gas and electricity companies.
Energy Savings Advisory Service (ESAS)
ESAS are contracted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to run a telephone advice service offering impartial energy-saving advice to homes and businesses In England and Wales. This free service signposts callers to organisations that can help install energy-saving measures in their homes and reduce their fuel bills.
To access this service, please can call 0300 123 1234.The advice provided is free, but calls are charged at the standard national rates.
Home Heat Helpline
The Home Heat Helpline advises people worried about paying their energy bills and keeping warm during the winter. It also gives advice to low-income households in urgent need of heating help and advice. It is free to call telephone 00 33 66 99 and is open 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-2pm on Saturdays.
Consumer Focus is the consumer champion for England, Wales, Scotland (and for postal consumers in Northern Ireland). It operates across the whole of the economy, persuading businesses, public services and policy-makers to put consumers at the centre of what they do.
The UK Government has asked Consumer Focus to create a new Regulated Industries Unit (RIU) by April 2013. This will represent consumers’ interests in complex, regulated markets. (The Citizens Advice service will take on the Consumer Focus role in other markets from April 2013)
Citizens Advice has been working on the Energy Best Deal public awareness campaign with support from the energy regulator Ofgem and major energy companies since 2008. Energy Best Deal has helped over 200,000 domestic energy customers across England, Scotland and Wales to shop around, reduce their bills and get help if they are falling behind.
Energy Best Deal is delivered in England and Wales by members of the regional financial capability forums. Sessions are aimed at low income consumers and front-line staff work with people at risk of fuel poverty. The campaign aims to:
- make people aware of the savings that can be made by switching fuel providers or negotiating with existing providers
- give information about help available from energy suppliers and government for people struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills
- inform consumers about how they might save money by using less energy and sources of advice and help around energy efficiency.
Citizens Advice has a national telephone advice service within Wales for those people who live and work there. The telephone number is 08444 77 20 20. Calls are charged at 5 pence per minute from a landline but will cost more from mobiles and other phones.