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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 »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
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- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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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 »
- 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 Statement - Actions to tackle homelessness through financial exclusion and promote affordable alternatives to high cost personal finance
Preventing homelessness is one of the Welsh Government’s key housing priorities as set out in the Housing White Paper published in May 2012.The Welsh Government believes that the reductions to housing benefit proposed by the UK Government could pose a real threat to maintaining people and families in their homes, especially for people who are on lower incomes or who are financially excluded.
The Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Action Plan will bring together the levers available to the Welsh Government and our social partners to help communities and individuals out of poverty and homelessness. Support to organisations committed to tackling poverty, financial exclusion and homelessness continues to be of particular relevance in a climate of forthcoming changes to the welfare and benefit arrangements being introduced by the UK Government, especially in relation to the proposals for the payment of housing benefit.
The Welsh Government is taking action to reduce the risk of homelessness for people most affected by the proposed welfare reforms and has awarded funding of £150,234 over three years to support the 'Tackling Homelessness through Financial Inclusion' project.
The project jointly funded with the philanthropic Oak Foundation is being delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre. In collaboration with the network of Welsh Credit Unions, this project will enable people on low incomes to have their housing benefit paid to their landlord through a credit union account, thus helping to create a more stable payment arrangement with the landlord. At the same time, it will encourage people to establish an ongoing relationship with their local credit union attracting the benefits that a credit union can offer: a safe place for savings and affordable credit when needed.
By September 2015, it is expected that more than 6,800 new credit union rent accounts will have been opened during the project lifetime. The success of this project will depend on effective collaborative working across the public, voluntary and private sectors to improve the financial security of people across Wales and help prevent them becoming homeless in future.
The Welsh Government is continuing to support the network of Welsh Credit Unions to offer information, support and access to affordable financial products. As ethical providers of affordable personal finance, these mutual co-operatives offer people most a risk of over indebtedness in our communities an affordable alternative to high cost and doorstep lenders.