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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 »
Living Longer: Ageing Well
The third phase of the Welsh Government’s pioneering Strategy for Older People in Wales has been launched.
- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
- “Wales is leading the way on Sustainable Procurement” – Jane Hutt
- Living Longer: Ageing Well
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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 »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
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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 »
Peer Review Arrangements
For major projects undertaken as part of the Economic Research Programme, one or two external peer reviewers are invited to comment on the draft reports. The reviewer(s) are selected on the basis of relevant academic expertise and/or membership of the Government Economic Service in an appropriate Whitehall Department or Devolved Administration. The views of the external reviewer(s) and the Economic Research Unit may be reflected in the published report.
For smaller projects undertaken as part of the Economic Research Programme, a single reviewer is invited to comment on the draft report (the reviewer may be an appointed member of the Economic Research Advisory Panel). The views of the reviewer and the Economic Research Unit may be reflected in the published report.
The purpose of the peer review is to provide the Welsh Government with a guide to the overall quality of the research and the robustness of the conclusions drawn from the research. Reviewers should therefore concentrate on the 'big picture', in particular on consistency with earlier results in the field and on the suitability of the chosen methodology. Reviewers should avoid detailed discussion of technical issues where these have few implications for overall reliability.
Examples are given below of some important issues that should be considered when reviewing the research:
- Have the objectives of the research been met?
- Does the research demonstrate a thorough understanding of the subject?
- When summarising what is already known, has any critical research in this area been missed?
- Does the researcher fairly reflect the mainstream economic view of the topic?
- Where the literature contains disagreements on a particular topic, are these handled in a balanced way?
- Is the research presented in a way that is accessible to a non-specialist reader?
- Does the research give due prominence to the main findings in the executive summary and conclusions?
- Has the research delivered value-for-money?
- Where there are possible econometric or other technical imperfections, the reviewer should make it clear whether these are minor or whether they could undermine confidence in the research conclusions.
- Is the methodology consistent with previously published, high quality research in this area?
- Is the methodology based on mainstream economic principles, or where it is not, have the reasons for using a different approach been fully explained and justified?
Results and conclusions
- How robust are the results?
- Are the results and conclusions consistent with previous research in this area?