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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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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
Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Care Standards Act 2000
Providing details on the latest arrangements governing regulations and national minimum standards.
The Care Standards Act 2000 modernises the arrangements for regulation and for assuring standards through a single regulator and a ‘level playing field’ for providers. The Act brings significant benefits for people receiving care services, wherever they are provided and whoever is providing them.
Regulations and National Minimum Standards
The regulations and accompanying national minimum standards are based on the needs of service users and extensive consultation with all interested parties. The purpose of national standards is to:
- provide minimum standards below which no provider may operate;
- ensure the protection of residents;
- safeguard and promote the health, welfare and quality of life of residents; and
- provide standards which are robust, measurable and enforceable, in order to achieve these aims.
The regulations and standards safeguard and promote the health and well-being of service users but also benefit providers. They ensure that the common standards are applied in a consistent and even-handed manner across the care sector, to public and private sector care homes alike, by an independent regulator.
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) regulates the following:
- care homes for adults – including care homes with nursing facilities;
- domiciliary care agencies;
- adult placement schemes;
- nurses’ agencies;
- children’s homes;
- day care services for children – childminders, full day care, sessional day care, out of school care, crèches and open access play;
- public sector and independent fostering agencies;
- public sector and voluntary adoption agencies;
- boarding schools, residential special schools and further education colleges which accommodate students under 18; and
- residential family centres.
CSSIW’s role is to assess whether these services are of the quality that the people of Wales have a right to expect. To find out more visit the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales website