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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 - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes 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
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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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 Statement - New End-Year Flexibility Arrangements for Devolved Administrations
In Budget 2011, the UK Government announced a new Budget Exchange scheme to replace the previous End Year Flexibility (EYF) scheme for managing public spending across years. The Welsh Government has made it clear that there are a number of features of the new Budget Exchange system that are not suitable for Devolved Administrations and has been pressing the UK Government to change arrangements.
I am pleased to announce that, following discussions last week between the Chief Secretary to the Treasury (CST) and I, and between the Finance Ministers of the three Devolved Administrations and the CST, the UK Government has now agreed that a modified version of the Budget Exchange system will apply to Devolved Administrations’ underspends during the Spending Review period. The Devolved Administrations will be able to carry forward underspends, up to an agreed cap. Unlike Whitehall departments, there will be no requirement to inform the Treasury in advance of the following year of the expected under spend in order to carry over the funding.
However, if a Devolved Administration wishes to inform the Treasury about planned under spends in advance of the year end then they will be able to access the rolled-over funding earlier in the following financial year.
The agreed cap is 0.6% of our Resource DEL (RDEL) budget and 1.5% of our Capital DEL (CDEL) budget. For 2011-12, the cap will be £83m RDEL and £19m CDEL. While underspends which are in excess of this limit will not be carried forward, a cap at this level is sufficient to ensure that, with careful financial management, resource voted to Wales by Parliament will not be lost. The cap is significantly in excess of our underspends in recent years. For example, this year our RDEL underspend was 0.14% and our CDEL underspend was 0.20%.
I am pleased that the Treasury has responded positively to a coordinated approach by the Devolved Administrations on this issue and the CST has recognised our unique status in the new arrangements. These new arrangements will offer the Welsh Government some much needed flexibility to help us respond to the challenge of managing with reducing budgets. I have expressed, however, my disappointment that the Treasury is still holding onto more than £400m in EYF stocks voted by Parliament to Wales which, if released, could be used to support public services and boost the economy in Wales.
This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.