Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
“Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement – saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales.
- More Working Smarter improvements rolled out
- Independent report revealed at the Event Wales International Conference 2013 outlines positive impact of games and events for Wales
- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Implementation of Commission Directive 2013/45/EU concerning the change to the botanical name of tomato
- School term dates regulations
- Draft Statutory Instrument - Infant formula and follow-on formula (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
- M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightDraft Budget 2014-15
Our focus is on protecting the NHS and schools, boosting economic growth and creating jobs, as well as tackling poverty and protecting the vulnerable.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
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.