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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
Farmers and Welsh Government will come together today to plan for a healthy and vibrant agricultural industry.
- Statement from First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, on the Woolwich attack
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
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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
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Income and benefits
One of the key aims of our Strategy for Older People is:
‘to promote and develop older people's capacity to continue to work and learn for as long as they want, and to make an active contribution once they retire’.
A related objective is:
‘to develop and promote policies and programmes to tackle poverty and social exclusion amongst older people’.
Income maximisation and benefit take-up
People on low incomes consistently fail to claim all of the benefits and tax credits that they are entitled to receive. In other words those people who can least afford to do so are failing to maximise their potential income. Income maximisation, which includes increased benefit take-up, features as one of the five key themes of our Financial Inclusion Strategy for Wales.
Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit
Actions the Assembly Government has taken include an allocation of £1m a year until 2011 to local authorities to further support the take-up of Council Tax and Housing Benefit. Across Wales as a whole, approximately 7,000 more over-60s claimed Council Tax Benefit between May 2005 and February 2007. At an average of £12 per week being claimed, that amounted to an extra £4.3m per annum being paid out in benefit.
In addition to this funding the Welsh Government set up a working group to research the barriers to Council Tax Benefit take-up in Wales and to highlight and promote best practice, based on the experience of the local authorities that have successfully increased Council Tax Benefit take-up in recent years.
The figures indicate that take-up of Housing Benefit is higher than that for Council Tax Benefit. The application form for Housing Benefit, which is only available to people who live in rented accommodation, normally covers both benefits. Therefore eligibility for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit would be assessed at the same time.
This means that people living in rented accommodation are much more likely to claim Council Tax Benefit than home-owners. Since most older people are homeowners many are missing out on Council Tax Benefit.
One-Stop Service Centres: Link-Age in Wales
The vision is that older people or people seeking advice on behalf of an older person should have easy access in their local area to information about the full range of services available. This will be either through a single access point, or several access points that can offer advice across a range of issues.
In November 2005, the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services launched Link-Age in Wales, which aims to achieve this. Link-Age in Wales is an initiative led by the Department of Work and Pensions in collaboration with the Welsh Government.
For information on benefits, tax and tax credits, pensions and retirement, and savings and investments visit DirectGov.