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First Minister expresses pride in Team Wales as Commonwealth Games begin
The First Minister has sent a good luck message to Team Wales for the Commonwealth Games
- Minister visits North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority
- Canadian hi-tech opens R&D centre in Wales
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- First Minister expresses pride in Team Wales as Commonwealth Games begin
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- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Renting Homes – Illustrative Model Contract
- Registration fees for the education workforce in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies (JHLAS)
- Statutory Guidance to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales in relation to the salaries of Local Authority Chief Executives
- Legislative proposals for Additional Learning Needs – White paper
- The Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme 2014-2020
Featured consultation »Draft Technical Advice Note 1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies
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Section highlightThe Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
The Bill aims to improve the Public Sector response in Wales to gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
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 - June 2014
Our pipeline provides visibility of infrastructure investment activity across Wales.
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
Upcoming calendar »
See the schedule for all statistics and research releases.View upcoming calendar »
Making better places
Our vision of a Sustainable Wales is set out in our Sustainable Development scheme.
It is for good quality development to be the norm and all new buildings to be constructed to the highest energy and water efficiency standards. We will move towards a zero carbon standard for all new buildings. New development and infrastructure will be located, designed and constructed to minimise travel needs.
The design of our villages, towns, cities and the urban and rural landscape is a reflection of our nation and culture. Good sustainable design helps improve our quality of life. The quality of Wales’ varied landscape and townscapes help to sustain a positive image for Wales. We want good design in our built and natural environments which deliver economic, social and environmental wellbeing for the people of Wales.
We have facilitated sustainable design by:
- establishing the Design Commission for Wales;
- establishing the Wales Low/Zero Carbon Hub;
- through amending the planning system by requiring applicants to accompany most planning applications with a Design and Access Statement;
- setting future changes to Welsh building regulations;
- setting minimum standards as a core condition of grant funding;
- developing masterplans; and
- setting minimum design standards for housing, education and healthcare buildings.
Help for businesses
Businesses in Wales can go on-line or visit their Regional Centre for environmental support. Find out how your business can reduce their carbon emissions and increase resource efficiency.