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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.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.