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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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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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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
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 »
Rural Development Plan Background
Prior to the formation of the Rural Development it was necessary to draw up a National Strategy Plan. This was required to take into account the European Union's Strategic Guidelines for Rural Development. These guidelines formed the framework for the rural development measures and schemes. There are six guidelines in total of which the first four themes relate to the axes within the plan. The remaining two are specific to the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategies. These, focus on economic, social and environmental factors and on longer term sustainable development.
- Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural and forestry sectors
- Improving the environment and countryside
- Improving the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging diversification
- Building local capacity for employment and diversification
- Translating priorities into programmes
- Complementarity between community instruments
The National Strategy Plan
A National Strategy Plan for the United Kingdom was produced to implement the European's Rural Development Programme. The strategy plan has a variety of annexes of which annex 3 is the Welsh chapter which sets out the priorities for Wales.
European Commission Regulations
There are two main EU regulations namely; Council Regulation (EC) 1698/2005 and Council Regulation (EC) 1974/2006. 1698/2005 focuses on the support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 1974/2006 lays down the detailed rules for the application of regulation 1698/2005 for the Rural Development Plan (RDP) for Wales 2007-2013.
Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013
The Rural Development Plan was formally approved by the European Rural Development Committee on 20th February 2008. The diagram below shows the linkages between the EU Commission Regulations, Strategic Guidelines, National Strategy Plan, Rural Development Plan 2007-2013, Axes, Measures and Schemes.