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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
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- 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.
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Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Local level data sources
There are a number of local sources of information that can be utilised by local areas to help them to identify and understand the make up of their communities.
The Audit Commission report “Crossing Borders: understanding the changes” (January 2007) suggests that in order to better understand what is happening in local communities, intelligence from a variety of sources should be utilised. This report suggests that data can be obtained from major employers, recruitment agencies, police records on the use of interpreters, front line staff who deal with the public, local libraries, voluntary and faith organisations, charities and existing relevant community groups.
Additionally, local areas could consider the possible use of:
- the electoral register;
- council tax records;
- data from doctors’ surgeries;
- data collected by social housing providers; for example data from equality monitoring and tenant profiling;
- police data on hate incidents and crimes;
- police and Local Authority data on Anti Social Behaviour;
- voluntary sector data; and
- surveys on community views of the area and quality of life issues.
There have been a number of case studies undertaken which examine the possible use of local level data sources, though these are mainly in the context of migration/improving population estimates:
- Welsh Assembly Government commissioned research ‘Measuring the social impact of migration at Local Authority level’ (2008):
- ONS Local Authority Case Study Report for Hammersmith and Fulham (2007):
- ONS Local Authority Case Study Report for Barnet (2007):
- ONS Local Authority Case Study Report for Derby (2007):
- Accurate information within a rapidly changing economic climate needs to be timely if it is to be used to respond effectively to changing circumstances.
There are a number of guidance documents for local areas to consider on the sharing of information relating to their communities to meet this challenge at a local level. Some of the relevant documents on information sharing are referenced below. The list is not exhaustive:
- Framework code of practice for sharing personal information, published by the Information Commissioners Office (2007):
- This framework code can be used by organisations that want to produce their own codes of practice for sharing information. It says what content a code of practice should have if it is to support good practice in the sharing of personal information. Organisations using the framework code must fill it in with their own detailed content, reflecting their own business needs. Where a number of organisations are working collaboratively on an information sharing project, it is important that any codes of practice do not contradict each other or overlap confusingly. It can be used to develop a single code of practice that all the organisations involved in the information sharing work to;
- Information Sharing Vision Statement published by HM Government (2006) : This statement highlights that the UK Government is committed to more information sharing between public sector organisations and service providers. It sets out a vision for better, more customer-focused services supported by greater information sharing which will protect and support individuals and society as a whole;
- Data Sharing Review (2008) This review was undertaken by Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, and Dr Mark Walport, the Director of the Wellcome Trust. The report looks at data-sharing policy and how it should be developed to ensure proper transparency, scrutiny and accountability and includes a chapter on how to share personal information.