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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 - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
Minister for Housing and Regeneration Carl Sargeant has launched a White Paper for consultation on the Welsh Government’s legislative proposals to improve arrangements for renting homes.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Culture Minister pledges support to Welsh broadcast industry
- 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
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 »
General Medical Services
The General Medical Services (GMS) Contract is the mechanism by which Local Health Boards (LHBs) contract with GMS practices to provide primary medical services to patients.
In contrast to doctors who work in hospitals, general practitioners (GPs) are usually independent, self-employed contractors working together in partnership.
The contract details what services they provide and how they receive payment. The GMS contract is a nationally agreed contract negotiated with the British Medical Association (BMA) by National Health Service (NHS) employers on behalf of the four UK governments. The contract was introduced in 2002/3.
The overall aim of the contract is to improve the quality and range of services closer to the patient’s home. The contract has dealt with concerns from GPs about high workload and the inability to maintain a good work/life balance.
One of the most significant changes brought about by the contract is that out-of-hours services are now provided by LHBs. No longer do doctors have to work at night and still arrive for morning surgery. Those doctors who wish to work at night or weekends may still do so, but those who do not, can concentrate on core working hours with greater energy.
The contract clarified for the first time exactly what core services a practice is expected to offer to patients and what they should be paid for that work. All practices will provide essential services for their patients.
It also enables practices to choose whether or not they wish to provide additional services to their patients. Practices will be able to opt out of some services to ensure that their workload remains manageable. All practices are encouraged to provide the full range of services and the vast majority are already doing so. In line with the strategy, Designed for Life, patients can expect to receive a higher proportion of health services closer to home.
More information can be found at the General Medical Services Website (external link).