Report by the Commission on Devolution in Wales »We hope that this Report will give us the foundation for a fundamental reform of the devolution settlement.Learn more »
Pilots in Ceredigion and Vale of Glamorgan to find new ways to deliver public transport
Funding to trial new, more efficient methods of delivering public transport to improve access to jobs and services, particularly in rural areas.
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- Proposals concerning the publication of Sustainable Development Indicators statistical outputs
- Consultation on the regulations to introduce a new Firefighters’ Pension Scheme in Wales from April 2015
- Onshore oil exploration activities: integrated pollution prevention and control
- Statutory Guidance to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales in relation to the salaries of Local Authority Chief Executives
- Consultation on the findings of the report on the Impact and Effect of the Non-Domestic Rating (Definition of Domestic Property) (Wales) Order 2010.
- Achieving high standards together - a new framework for animal health and welfare 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.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2013-14 »
The 2nd Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2013-14, which was published on 25 June 2013.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Wales Programme for Improvement
The Wales Programme for Improvement (WPI) was introduced in Wales in 2002 as statutory guidance to local authorities on how they should discharge their Best Value duties. This was a new approach to supporting improvement in the delivery of the services provided by them.
Greater flexibility for local authorities was introduced in 2005 with the statutory guidance that was issued in that year. The WPI evolved further still with the passing of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.
You can view the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 on the Office of Public Sector Information Government (OPSI) website.
The new improvement regime which the Measure established differs from best value in the following ways:
- It establishes a broader definition of improvement. Rather than focusing on economy, efficiency and effectiveness, it requires authorities to set their own improvement objectives.
- These can be any actions which tend to improve any combination of:
- strategic effectiveness (i.e. delivering the authority’s community strategy);
- service quality;
- service availability;
- fairness (ie equality and social inclusion);
- efficiency; and
- It gives authorities a broad power to collaborate with each other and with other bodies to attain their objectives, and requires them to consider using it.
- It allows authorities more flexibility in generating, using and reporting performance data and other forms of intelligence about how well local needs are being met.
- It clarifies the Welsh Ministers’ powers to intervene in failing authorities, and requires them to offer support before doing so.
The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 gives the Welsh Government the power to issue statutory guidance on how they discharge their duties under that Measure.