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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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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
Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Statement on release practices protocol
We publish a wide range of statistics for Wales in the following formats:
- Publications - fully bilingual documents with an ISBN number; a compendium volume of statistics for a specific subject area or from a range of subject areas. They are announced via a First Release.
- First Releases – announcing new statistics or publications, serving both as press notices and short, free, statistical publications.
- Bulletins - new, often more in-depth, analyses of data already in the public domain including methodological bulletins.
- Headline Statistics Wales – key statistical points in a concise format on the Internet. A Headline Statistics Wales accompanies every First Release, Bulletin and Publication. ‘Standalone’ Headline Statistics Wales are also produced to draw attention to figures published elsewhere or the available statistics on a topical issue.
Around three quarters of our Releases and Bulletins are National Statistics. The main exceptions are statistics on the NHS, and statistics on adult education and government supported training, whose collection rests with the National Council for Education and Training for Wales. National Statistics cover government data produced to the high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice, and are identified by the National Statistics logo. However the principle underlying the Protocol of open release practices applies to all official statistics produced by the Government.
Pricing and form of outputs
All our reports except Headline Statistics Wales can be produced as hard copy and are freely available on our website for download.
In general there are established timetables for the preparation of regular quarterly and monthly First Releases and exact publication dates are given six months in advance. For other First Releases, the month of publication is given six months ahead and the exact date at least four weeks ahead. For Bulletins the month of publication is given two months ahead and the exact date at least four weeks ahead.
Months and dates are pre-announced on the Due Out Soon page.
Timing of Releases
All Statistical Releases, Bulletins, Publications are announced by e-mail through the Government’s Press Office, at 9:30am on a normal working day, and placed on the website at the same time.
Format of releases
The Chief Statistician at the Welsh Government is responsible for the content, timing and format of all statistical outputs. Any statement about policy by the Minister is issued separately. Regular First Releases are prepared to a standard format. Typically, regular Bulletins and Publications will retain a core of standard tabulations, but content may vary to reflect the needs of users and to allow proper presentation and analysis of any new or particularly interesting results.
Pre-release access to statistics
The Protocol states that Ministers may have up to five working days (up to 24 hours in the case of market sensitive statistics) early access to outputs, along with their officials. The sole purpose is for Ministers to be able to respond completely when questions arise at the time of publication. We maintain a record, for public scrutiny, of Ministers and their officials who have such access to each output, available on request from the address at the end of this statement.
Early access to statistics is also given to a limited number of officials in the course of quality assurance of the data. An accurate audit trail is maintained and those officials receiving unreleased material are advised of their responsibilities in respect of confidentiality.
Prior to release all outputs containing statistics not yet in the public domain are marked ‘RESTRICTED – STATISTICS’. The following statement accompanies all instances of pre-release access to statistics by Ministers and their officials:
‘Privileged early access to these statistics is governed by the arrangements for the release of National Statistics. Please do not forward them to anyone else or report their contents. Any Ministerial statement about them should not be made before the release of the statistics themselves.’