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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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- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
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- Living Longer: Ageing Well
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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
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
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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 »
Cross compliance verifiable standards
Downloadable verifiable standards for all of the cross compliance requirements.
The two elements to Cross Compliance are:
- Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) - These are mainly existing EU obligations covering environmental, public health , plant health and animal health and welfare standards
- Standards consistent with keeping land in "Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition" (GAEC)
If you need more information about these requirements please contact your local divisional office.
The aim of these requirements is to establish a system for the identification and registration of cattle to facilitate their traceability, in particular in the event of a disease outbreak. Within this Statutory Management Requirement (SMR), "cattle" means all bovine animals.
A new Cross Compliance standard has been introduced requiring the retention of landscape features which includes ponds, ditches and field margins.
The aims of these requirements are to protect wild birds, their eggs and nests, and there are further details below.
The aim of these requirements is to protect groundwater by controlling the discharge or disposal of potentially harmful and polluting materials.
The aim of this requirement is to ensure that when sewage sludge is used in agriculture there is no risk to human, animal or plant; and no harmful effects on soil. This applies to you if you use sewage sludge on your land.
The aim of these requirements is to reduce the pollution of waters caused by nitrates from agricultural sources and to prevent such pollution occurring in the future. They apply to you if your land is within a Ntrate vulnerable zone (NVZ).
The aim of these requirements is to protect species of flora and fauna. They apply to all claimants. Extra rules apply if you have land designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
The aim of these requirements is to reduce the risk of pig diseases spreading, through controlling movements and improving traceability. They apply to you if you keep pigs.
The aim of these requirements is to maintain a system for the identification and registration of sheep and goats in order to facilitate their traceability.
The aim of these requirements is to ensure that plant protection products (PPPs) are used correctly and to minimise their risk to humans, animals and the environment. They apply to you if you use these products on your land.
The aim of these requirements is to prohibit the illegal use in stock farming of substances that have a hormonal or thyrostatic action and beta-agonists.
The aim of these requirements is to ensure the safe production of food for human consumption and food or feed that is fed to food-producing animals. They apply to you if you are a food producer or feed producer or keep food-producing animals.
The aim of these requirements is to minimise the risk posed to human and animal health by certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). They apply to you if you keep farmed animals.
The aim of these requirements is to control and eradicate foot-and-mouth disease, certain animal diseases and bluetongue. They apply to you if you keep livestock of a susceptible species.
The aim of these requirements is to protect the welfare of calves by setting minimum standards for their care and husbandry. If you keep calves, they apply to you in addition to the requirements for the welfare of all farmed animals.
The aim of these requirements is to protect the welfare of pigs by setting minimum standards for their care and husbandry. If you keep pigs, they apply to you in addition to the requirements for the welfare of all farmed animals (SMR 18 - General Animal Welfare).
The aim of these requirements is to protect the welfare of farmed animals by setting minimum standards for their care and husbandry.
Farmers should have a soil assessment record and update throughout the year. They should review the current state of the soils on the land they farm and take any actions that are required to resolve issues identified. This review must be completed annually between 1 January and 31 January each year.
‘Overgrazing’ means grazing land with so many livestock that the growth, quality or diversity of natural or semi-natural vegetation is adversely affected
You must take all reasonable steps to control injurious and invasive weeds.
Where a management prescription has been set by the Welsh Government for supplementary feeding arrangements on your holding, you must not breach that prescription.
All stone walls, stone faced banks, hedges and earth banks, slate fences, gateposts and traditional stiles must be retained. Their removal or destruction on land subject to Cross compliance will not be allowed without consent from the relevant authority.
This rule reinforces existing rules on scheduled monuments under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (as amended).
These rules reinforce the Heather and Grass Burning (Wales) etc Regulations 2008 (as amended). If you are compliant with the Regulations, you will already be meeting the requirements
This rule reinforces the Environmental Impact Assessment (Uncultivated Land and Semi-Natural Areas) (Wales) Regulations 2001, which control the agricultural intensification of uncultivated land and semi-natural areas.
The applicant must not have felled a tree without a licence, or have breached any Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
These rules reinforce existing rules on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in the Wildlife and Countryside Act (W & CA) 1981.
The aim of these requirements is to protect water against run-off and manage the use of water, through controlling water abstraction for irrigation by licensed abstraction.
This document contains guidance for farmers on Buffer Strip Requirements since January 2012.
The requirements below apply to farmers with an agri-environment commitment.