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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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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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 highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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 »
Farming and scheme information
This section contains information for your farming business including schemes, the Common Agricultural Policy, Farm Liaison Service and Working Smarter.
The Welsh Government is encouraging a sustainable approach to agriculture and supporting farmers in adapting for the future. We aim to improve income and employment in rural areas by supporting the community; as well as protecting and improving Welsh wildlife and the environment.
Through sensitive stewardship and sustainable development of natural resources, we aim to achieve:
- A clean, healthy and safe environment;
- Maintenance of our land, air and water quality standards; and,
- Improvement of people’s enjoyment of their natural surroundings.
Welsh farming covers the whole range of agricultural production
- Sheep - A breeding flock of over 5 million ewes and ewe lambs (28% of the UK flock) within a total of some 11 million animals;
- Beef - A breeding herd of approximately 233,000 cows and heifers in calf (14% of the UK herd);
- Milk - We produce about 10% of the UK total. The main milk producing region is Carmarthenshire, with processors ranging from local dairies to specialist cheese-makers;
- Pigs - Only 3.7% of agricultural holdings in Wales keep pigs (1% of the UK total);
- Horses - A traditional source of income on Welsh farms;
- Deer, goats, alpaca, guanaco, llama, ostrich & buffalo;
- Arable - potatoes, barley and wheat are the main crops grown here, although arable farming is not that common due to the geography of Wales.
Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
Reform of the Common Agriculture Policy has meant a new basis for payment to farmers. In 2005, subsidy schemes were replaced with the Single Payment Scheme (SPS). This "decoupled" or broke the link between CAP payments and production. Now farmers can concentrate on producing what the market wants and farming in an environmentally friendly way. The Single Payment Scheme is paid once a year and is based on the amount of subsidy paid, and land used, between 2000 and 2002.
Farmers have been encouraged to manage their land in an environmentally sensitive way through the agri-environment schemes - Tir Cynnal, Tir Gofal, and Tir Mynydd. From 2012, Glastir will replace the existing agri-environment schemes, ensuring that future environmental challenges can be met.