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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
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- 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
Featured consultation »Improving access to substance misuse treatment for veterans
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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 »
Responsibility for social services is shared between central and local government. Within a framework of legislation and regulations, the 22 local authorities have the statutory responsibility for the planning, assessment, commissioning and delivery of social services across Wales.
Social services authorities are required to assess people who might require community care services and to decide what, if any, services meet their needs. The services range from advice and counselling to care and support in their own homes, in residential or nursing care homes or elsewhere.
Informal carers provide about 70–80% of all the care provided, and small changes in their contribution and commitment could have far-reaching implications for the demand on formal care services. Recent changes in legislation have enhanced support for carers, and supporting them to continue in their caring role is a key new responsibility for social services.
Your local council is required to provide residential care for those individuals assessed as requiring such care and who meet the council's local eligibility criteria. Depending on an individual's needs, this can be in a residential home (that would provide personal care) or a nursing home (that would provide nursing care or nursing care and personal care). Homes can be provided by the local authority itself or through independent providers.
Local councils are also required to charge for the accommodation and personal care they arrange, whether directly provided or arranged with an independent home. The aim is to recover as much of the cost as possible. It is the responsibility of each local council to determine the level of fees it will charge. The fees are based upon a variety of factors, for example:
- the dependency needs of residents;
- location and facilities of the home; and
- the operating costs of the home.
Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)
Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) was launched in April 2007 and encourages the improvement of social care and social services. It does this by regulating, inspecting and reviewing, and by providing professional advice to Ministers and policy makers. It aims to raise standards, improve quality, promote best practice and inform people about social care.
Visit the CSSIW website (external link).