National School Categorisation System »This new system is not purely data-driven but also takes into account the leadership, teaching and learning that goes on in our schools.Learn more »
Welsh Government announces a “flying doctors” service for Wales
A new clinical emergency service to stabilise and transfer the most critically-ill and injured patients to hospital by road and air will be operational in Wales from April 2015.
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- Welsh Government announces a “flying doctors” service for Wales
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- Implementing the Emissions Performance Standard: Monitoring and Enforcement Arrangements in England and Wales
- Collection and management of devolved taxes in Wales
- Draft 10-year plan for the early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales
- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government
- Consultation on improving the availability of allotments and community gardens
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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
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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.