Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
Historic New Tax Powers for Wales
Minister for Finance and Government Business, Jane Hutt, has launched an historic consultation that paves the way for new tax powers for Wales - the first piece of Welsh tax legislation since 1283.
- Launch of 10-year plan for early years, childcare and play workforce
- Construction begins on new £15m emergency services centre for Wrexham
- Historic New Tax Powers for Wales
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- Collection and management of devolved taxes in Wales
- Draft 10-year plan for the early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales
- Inappropriate admissions guidance
- 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
Featured consultation »Draft guidance on notifiable event for registered social landlords
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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 »
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Our sustainable building standards
Sustainability is central to all our policies, strategies, activities, programmes, projects and services.
We want to secure the highest levels and fairest distribution of economic, social and environmental wellbeing for the people of Wales.
Sustainable Building Standards
We ensure that the support we offer and investment decisions we make on providing infrastructure give long term sustainable solutions.
We require all new buildings promoted or supported by us or our Sponsored Bodies (SBs) meet our sustainable building standards, with some exceptions. This includes projects procured directly and indirectly.
These standards are:
- For residential development, a minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level 3;
- For non-residential development, with some exceptions for smaller buildings, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) excellent or an equivalent quality assured scheme; and
- In all new buildings at least 10% of the total value of materials used should be recycled or reused materials or products.
For extensions, alterations or refurbishment, the above are not required, but we require an energy efficient solution.
What types of buildings does this include?
The types of buildings include:
- buildings we directly fund;
- buildings by local authorities, public sector, voluntary sector and SB’s funded by one of our specific capital programmes, such as affordable housing, schools, further and higher education, hospitals and other public buildings;
- buildings on developments where we enter into a joint venture agreement with partners or developers, including the public, private or voluntary sectors;
- buildings on land for sale, or lease or to be disposed of for development by us;
- buildings on land we improve or reclaim or through SB funding that is still subject to financial clawback; and
- Buildings constructed by the private and voluntary sector, other organisations or individuals, under our funding schemes "and programmes",
Welsh Housing Quality Standard
We believe that everyone in Wales should have the opportunity to live in a good quality home within a safe and secure community. To help achieve this we published the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). This standard requires all social landlords to improve their homes to an acceptable level.
21st Century Schools
We are working with the Welsh Local Government Association and local authorities on the 21st Century Schools Programme. It is a major, long-term capital investment programme. It aims to create 21st century schools in Wales.
Sustainable Schools Wales
As part of the 21st Century Schools Standard for Schools in Wales an online guide has been developed to help with understanding and applying sustainable design in school design and refurbishment.
We are keen to modernise the NHS Estate in Wales. It is a key to improving the delivery of healthcare services for the people of Wales. The modernisation of the estate will require the procurement of high quality facilities, appropriate to the current and future.