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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 »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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 »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes 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
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 »
Adults with a learning disability
People with a learning disability are among the most vulnerable in society, and the Welsh Government is committed to improving their way of life.
The Welsh Government supports the approach and principles that lay behind both the original 1983 'All Wales Strategy for the Development of Services for Mentally Handicapped People' and the 1994 revised document, 'The Welsh Mental Handicap Strategy Guidance'.
Policy and Practice for Adults with a Learning Disability
In 2007, the Welsh Government issued a new 'Statement on Policy and Practice for Adults with a Learning Disability'. This replaces previous strategy guidance and confirms a vision for the future based on the following statement of principles:
All people with a learning disability are full citizens, equal in status and value to other citizens of the same age. They have the same rights to:
- live healthy, productive and independent lives with appropriate and responsive treatment and support to develop their maximum potential;
- be individuals and decide everyday issues and life-defining matters for themselves joining in all decision-making which affects their lives, with appropriate and responsive advice and support where necessary;
- live their lives within their community, maintaining the social and family ties and connections which are important to them;
- have the support of the communities of which they are a part and access to general and specialist services that are responsive to their individual needs, circumstances and preferences.
Section 7 Service Principles and Service Responses Guidance
In August 2004, the Welsh Government issued its 'Section 7 Service Principles and Service Responses Guidance' for authorities. This sets out the service principles and responses that authorities should adopt on issues affecting the lives of adults and older people with learning disabilities. These issues are:
- personalised approaches to individual planning;
- information provision for users and carers;
- working with other departments;
- community living;
- employment, further education and day activities;
- general health needs;
- complex health needs;
- people who present challenging behaviour.
The Welsh Government remains committed to ensuring that people residing inappropriately in long-stay learning disability hospitals are resettled into social care settings in their communities.
Over recent years the long stay learning disability hospitals in Powys, Ely in Cardiff, Hensol in the Vale of Glamorgan and Llanfrechfa Grange in Torfaen have completed their resettlement programmes and have closed. The implementation of the final social care resettlement programme for the Bryn y Neuadd Hospital in Llanfairfechfan is well advanced and should be completed in 2009-10.
The Welsh Government has established an external Learning Disability Implementation Advisory Group (LDIAG) to provide Ministers with advice and guidance on the full range of issues that affect the lives of adults with a learning disability. Its membership is drawn from statutory authorities, the voluntary sector and academia and also includes people with a learning disability.
The LDIAG’s Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health sub group has produced the document ‘Self-Assessment Checklist for Monitoring Services for People with Learning Disability and Challenging Behaviour’. It is intended for use by commissioners and providers from health and social services.
Further information on the Advisory Gorup is available on the Learning Disability Implementation Advisory Group website)