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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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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 - Allocation of Gypsy and Traveller Sites Grant 2011-12
In December 2011 I agreed to allocate funding for local authorities who were successful in applying for grant funding under the Gypsy and Traveller Sites Grant 2011-12.
In July 2011, I launched the fifth year of the Gypsy and Traveller Sites Grant Programme. Local authorities were invited to submit applications for a share of the £2 million capital grant.
The grant previously covered 75% of the project costs with the local authorities contributing the remaining 25%. In 2011-12 I increased the grant to cover 100% of the project costs.
In total 6 applications were received from 6 local authorities totalling £4,343,570 and three applications were assessed by officials to be suitable for grant funding.
Officials were unable to approve the remaining 3 applications as they did not meet the grant assessment criteria. A number of these had not secured the relevant permissions including planning permission, which is a fundamental requirement of a successful applicant.
Officials will continue to work with local authorities to enable applicants to submit effective and robust applications under this programme.
The funding agreed is for the refurbishment of 3 local authority Gypsy and Traveller sites, one each in the areas of Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea. This element of funding agreed comes to a total of £1,244,210.
I also agreed that an additional £171,600 should be awarded to Powys Council Borough Council for the completion of an existing refurbishment problem which has encountered unforeseen work and expenses beyond the initial planned contingencies.
The new project funding for 2011-12 totals £1.4 million. Combined with outstanding payments worth £400,000 to be made to on going refurbishment projects from 2010-11 there is a total anticipated expenditure for the Gypsy and Traveller Sites Grant of £1.8 million in this financial year.
Fundamental living facilities will be brought up to decent habitable standard as a result of this grant funding and includes work such as the installation of security and street lighting, new amenity blocks and living space, the refurbishment of sanitation and facilities, drainage works and play areas.
This will bring some parity for Gypsy and Traveller site residents with the settled population living in local authority housing. The improvements will improve health and safety on site as well as increasing hygiene and general living standards within a population which experiences a high level of accidents and infant mortality rates and low life expectancy.
Works detailed in the proposals must be completed by the end of March 2012.