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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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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
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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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 »
Written - Transitional arrangements within Axis 2 of the Rural Development Plan 2007-13 associated with the launch of the new Glastir scheme
On 5th May 2009 I announced that I had decided to restructure funding of agri-environment schemes in Wales after a review of Axis 2 expenditure under the Rural Development Plan.
The proposals for the new all Wales Glastir Sustainable Land Management Scheme will replace the existing Tir Mynydd, Tir Gofal, Tir Cynnal and Organic Farming schemes and provide an incentive to encourage more farms to participate within the Better Woodlands for Wales scheme. The new scheme will enable us to better meet the new environmental challenges set out by the CAP health checks and reduce red tape for farmers.
It is my intention that transition into Glastir should ensure that wherever possible the environmental benefits already delivered through considerable investment both by government and farmers in previous schemes are maintained. I am also keen to ensure the farming community is best positioned to adjust to the changing opportunities that Glastir provides.
With these two objectives in mind I have decided that existing agreement holders in Tir Cynnal and Tir Gofal will be offered an extension of their annual management payments until the end of 2013. Farmers in these schemes will also be able to join the new Glastir scheme by selection of options complementary to the existing environmental services they are delivering.
Existing agreement holders in the Organic Farming scheme will also be able to enter Glastir when their current contract ends. All holdings certified as wholly organic will be eligible for a 50% reduction on the points required to enter the scheme in recognition of the environmental benefits derived from their organic status. An organic conversion fund will also be included within the Glastir scheme. Agreement holders wishing to convert to organic farming or bring additional land into organic status will be able to apply for funding from this fund.
I am also intending to give support for further organic conversion in the interim period before Glastir commences. I have allocated £2.8m over 2010-12 to support those farmers wishing to convert to organic in this period. This will only be available on land not currently under conversion and is conditional on receipt of a formal offer of an agreement.
Support will be offered for the 2 year conversion period only and details of how to apply will be announced shortly.
All farmers currently receiving Tir Mynydd will be eligible for the 20% premium on joining Glastir irrespective of whether they have also extended an existing Tir Gofal or Tir Cynnal arrangement. The 20% premium also applies to organic farmers in Tir Mynydd who are eligible for the discounted points requirement for joining Glastir.
I believe these proposals provide value for money in terms of achieving continued delivery of environmental outcomes and ensuring a smooth transition into Glastir for those who wish to join.