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 »
Enhanced rights for older people in Wales move a step closer
The Welsh Government has announced its plans for a public consultation on proposals for a Declaration of the Rights of Older People.
- “£200m boost will accelerate Wales’ school re-building programme and support 23,000 jobs” – Jane Hutt
- Poor being stigmatised by welfare debate
- Enhanced rights for older people in Wales move a step closer
- Alternatives to Waste Transfer Notes and other aspects of Waste Regulation
- Proposals concerning the publication of official statistics
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
- M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation
- Undertaking fatal and non-fatal drug poisoning reviews in Wales
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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 highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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Armed forces and veterans
While defence remains a UK Government responsibility, several thousand military personnel are based in Wales. The nation demands a lot from its Service men and women. They are required to follow orders without question; they and their families are often separated for long periods; frequent moves – often at short notice – can disrupt family life; while Forces’ accommodation is sometimes remote, making it difficult for partners and children to mix with civilian communities.
Service personnel are entitled to expect as normal a family life as their military obligations permit. However, public services have not always taken account of their particular needs. The Welsh Government is committed to putting this right. We are working hard to create a level playing field so that Forces families suffer no disadvantage.
In recognition of the debt of gratitude which we owe to members of the Forces, past and present, it is also right that we should sometimes offer them an enhanced service. As an example, military veterans are entitled to priority NHS treatment for any health condition which arises from their Service.
To assist us in understanding the needs of the Armed Forces community and ensure that account is taken of these in policy and programme development, the Welsh Government has:
- Established an Expert Group to advise on how public services can best meet the Service community’s needs. Chaired by the Minister for Local Government and Government Business, the Group includes serving officers from the three Services, along with representatives of the Army, Naval and RAF Families Federations, and of third-sector organisations who are active in supporting the Forces community; and
- designated Dr June Milligan, Director General, Local Government and Communities, as Armed Forces Advocate. In this capacity, it is Dr Milligan's role to identify and resolve policy or legislative issues that might affect the Service community.
For further information on the Armed Forces and support for the Service community, you can visit the following websites:
- Ministry of Defence
- Veterans UK
- The Royal British Legion
- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help
- Confederation of British Service and Ex-Service Organisations (COBSEO)
- Army Families Federation (AFF)
- Royal Air Force Families Federation (RAFFF)
- Naval Families Federation (NFF)
For further information relating to the Armed Forces and Veterans in Wales, please contact ArmedForces@wales.gsi.gov.uk.