Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
First Minister news conference
First Minister Carwyn Jones has held a press conference following the outcome of the Scottish Referendum result.
- Extra Safe Routes in Communities funding for Bridgend schools
- Ground-breaking North Wales clothing export centre opened
- First Minister news conference
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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
- Inappropriate admissions guidance
- Draft guidance on housing association board member remuneration
- Smoke-free private vehicles carrying children
- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government
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Section highlightHousing (Wales) Act 2014The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightWales for Africa grant
The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Upcoming calendar »
See the schedule for all statistics and research releases.View upcoming calendar »
Finance and funding
The Welsh Government provides most of the funding for local authorities in Wales, including:
- unitary authorities (the county and county borough councils)
- police authorities
- national park authorities
- fire and rescue authorities.
The funding for local authorities comes from a number of sources. The largest component of funding comes from the Welsh Government through grants that can be used by the authorities for any purpose they choose in delivering the services for which they are responsible. These grants are known as non-hypothecated grants and include the largest single grant they receive, the Revenue Support Grant.
The Welsh Government also provides funding to local government in the form of hypothecated grants. These grants can only be used for the specific purposes for which they are provided.
In addition to the funding authorities receive from the Welsh Government, they receive some hypothecated grants from other government bodies. They also receive income from nationally set non-domestic (business) rates and from locally set council tax.
Local authorities also receive grants from the Welsh Government for capital spending. In addition, they can determine how much they can afford to borrow based on a prudent assessment of their finances using professional codes of practice. The primary and secondary legislation (made by the National Assembly for Wales) provides the broad framework for the ‘prudential system’ but the system places the emphasis on local authorities planning their needs for capital expenditure in a sensible and long term way based upon sound management of assets and finances.