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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.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
- Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
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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
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 »
Marine & Coastal Access Act 2009
The Act gives the UK Administrations new powers to help achieve the vision set out in the UK High Level Marine Objectives.
The powers include:
The Act includes a new system of marine planning that will cover all key marine activities. It will consolidate and explain the policies relating to the marine area.
The marine planning system will guide and direct decision makers and sea users towards a more sustainable use of the sea; ensuring a strong link between policy and individual developments and activities.
The UK Marine Policy Statement will be the first part of the new system of marine planning being introduced around the UK. The Statement will set out the policy framework for our UK seas and provide the context for developing Marine Plans. Marine plans will provide more detailed policy and guidance at a country or regional level.
Wales will be responsible for developing a marine plan or plans for the Welsh marine area. We intend to consult later in 2010 on options for spatial planning in Welsh waters.
More information on the new system of marine planning is available on the right hand side of this page.
Marine licensing system
The Act also include a new marine licensing system that consolidates and modernises the existing consenting regimes. The existing regimes which regulate marine activities and developments are the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 and the Coast Protection Act 1949.
The aim is enable a more streamlined, transparent and effective consenting process in Wales. The plan is to introduce the new system from April 2011. We have consulted on the general principles of the new system and will be consulting on detailed regulations later in 2010.
More information on the new marine licensing system is available on the right.
Marine conservation mechanism
The Act includes a new mechanism for conserving marine plants, animals, habitats or features of geological or geomorphological interest through the creation of Marine Conservation Zones. These will be a new type of Marine Protected Area. These sites together with existing management tools will help enhance biodiversity and promote healthy functioning and resilient marine ecosystems.
More information on Marine Conservation Zones is available on the right.
More information on the Act is available on the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.