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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 »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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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.
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 »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
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 »
Money and financial inclusion
The Welsh Government recognises that financial exclusion and over-indebtedness are issues that need serious consideration and concerted action.
Our first ever Financial Inclusion Strategy, “Taking Everyone into Account” was launched in July 2009.
The overall aim of the Strategy is to bring a joint-agency response to financial inclusion that will improve the current financial landscape, including:
- Enabling access to mainstream banking services and sources of affordable credit through third sector lenders, including credit unions;
- providing accessible savings opportunities;
- improving access to advice;
- improving financial capability; and
- providing advice on income maximisation and money management.
We are fully committed to tackling exclusion, and the Financial Inclusion Strategy gives our undertaking to address the barriers to financial inclusion and to support those who can least afford to be financially excluded.
Financial Inclusion Delivery Group
The Financial Inclusion Delivery Group (FIDG) was established in July 2011. The role of the FIDG is to:
- provide expert, evidence-based advice to the Welsh Government on the further and wider policy requirements necessary to tackle financial exclusion and over-indebtedness in Wales;
- to consider and advise on how the Financial Inclusion Strategy for Wales is being delivered across the Welsh Government, public and third sectors, taking into account the work of the UK Government, Money Advice Service and other stakeholder organisations;
- identify specific areas in which service delivery can be improved through collaboration and make recommendations;
- take the lead in implementing and promoting specific areas of the Strategy; and
- consider and approve an annual progress report on the Financial Inclusion Strategy for Wales.
The Welfare Reform Bill that is currently before Parliament abolishes the discretionary Social Fund and paves the way for delivery of new local services to replace Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans for general living expenses.
From April 2013 the Social Fund is being devolved to local authorities in England, the Scottish Government and to the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government will receive funding equivalent to that which was spent on the Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans in Wales at the point at which responsibility is transferred.
Advice Services Review
The advice services review started on 6th August, with an expected draft report due in December 2012. As part of the first stage of the review, a questionnaire has been sent out to all local authorities as well as through known advice provider networks in order to map the current range of service provision across Wales and collect providers comments in relation to the review's terms of reference.