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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 »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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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.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
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 »
Charging for Social Services
Paying for non-residential social services.
To receive non-residential social services (such as home care or day care) a person must be assessed by their local council. This is to see if their care needs meet the council’s local eligibility criteria for services. If they meet this, services can then be provided by the council itself or arranged by the council through an independent provider of services.
New legislation (the Social Care Charges (Wales) Measure 2010) gives local councils a discretionary power to charge for these services.
Councils can set charges at what they see as reasonable levels. To introduce consistency in the way councils use this discretion, and to provide financial safeguards for those on low incomes, the Welsh Government have made regulations as part of the measure.
As a result where councils decide to charge adults for their non-residential social services certain arrangements must occur. These include:
- councils must issue an invitation for a means assessment (a financial assessment) to those receiving services for the first time where it plans to make a charge. They must also issue an invitation to existing service users where it plans to alter a charge as a result of a change in the service they receive or in their finances;
- councils must undertake this assessment where service users request one and provide the information needed to do this;
- councils cannot charge for particular services. This includes transport to attend a day service, where attending this and transport to it are included in the agreed services to be provided;
- councils also cannot charge for providing information about their services or the charges they set for these. In addition, they cannot charge for undertaking assessments of care needs or means assessments;
- in setting charges councils must allow service users to keep at least the amount of their Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit plus 35% of that amount. They must also allow service users to keep a further 10% as a contribution towards their daily living costs which may be higher as a result of a disability or medical condition;
- councils must not take into account any money earned by a service user;
- councils cannot set charges that are more than £50 per week for all of the services a service user receives (except where they charge a flat rate for a service such as meals);
- councils must operate a scheme where service users can ask for charges set to be reviewed.
These all became effective from 11 April 2011.