Contingency planning for winter weather »Severe weather requires robust, collaborative planning between the Welsh Government and the public and private sectors in Wales.Learn more »
Health Minister gives go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in Wales
A new law to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco will apply in Wales, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.
- School Categorisation results published
- Survey on Welsh language use welcomed
- Health Minister gives go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in Wales
- Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Consultation – UK Marine Programme of Measures
- Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales
- Review of requirements for the trading of captive bred birds
- Harmonising school term dates for 2016 to 2017
- Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Consultation on the Regulations and code of practice in relation to part 11 of the Act.
- Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 - Consultation on the regulations and code of practice in relation to Part 2 of the Act
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Section highlightQualifications Wales BillThe Bill will establish Qualifications Wales as an independent regulator for qualifications and the qualification system in Wales.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update
This 6th edition details over 370 investments across both public and private sectors with a value of more than £40bn.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
- European Social Fund Local Service Board development and priority delivery project
- Evaluation of the Choose Pharmacy common ailments service
- Housing demolitions and hazards
- Regional economic and labour market profiles
- Welsh Government People Survey
- Welsh language use survey
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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.