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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 »
Living Longer: Ageing Well
The third phase of the Welsh Government’s pioneering Strategy for Older People in Wales has been launched.
- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
- “Wales is leading the way on Sustainable Procurement” – Jane Hutt
- Living Longer: Ageing Well
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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
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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 »
- 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
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
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 »
Leisure and volunteering
There are lots of volunteering opportunities across Wales.
Museums and historic buildings
We introduced free entry to national museums in April 2001 and this has had a huge impact on visitor numbers. In 2007-08 over 1.5 million people visited the 7 sites of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.
Free television licence for over 75s
If you are aged 75 or over, you are entitled to a free television licence. This applies even if you live with younger family or friends.
If you are aged 74 and you will be 75 before your current licence is due to expire, you can buy a short-term licence. This will see you through until your 75th birthday, when you will be eligible for a free licence.
To apply for your free or short-term licence, call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6073.
For more information visit the TV Licensing website.
Television services in Wales are now completely digital. The old analogue signal has been switched off and viewers need to convert or upgrade their television equipment to receive digital signals. Options include:
through your aerial;
by cable; and
via a broadband internet connection.
You can find full details and answers to common questions at the DigitalUK website.
Information Technology and the Internet
As our Strategy for Older People (2008-2013) points out, all public libraries in Wales provide free local access to computers and broadband Internet connections. Many also provide free 'taster sessions' or training in IT skills aimed at older people.
Visit the Library Wales website for details about your local library.
Gwanwyn Festival of Arts and Creativity for Older People
The gwanwyn festival is a month long national festival held across Wales in May celebrating creativity in older age. Anybody and everybody can get involved in gwanwyn at some level, whether as organiser, participant, audience or critic.
For full details, visit the gwanwyn festival website.
So, come out, friends, and dance,
Compose and sing;
Insist on feeling still and tasting still
The great wonder of the world.
(Extract from 'Gwanwyn' (Springtime), Gwyn Thomas, National Poet for Wales, Copyright: Gwanwyn 2007)
Volunteering will provide you with the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, develop new interests and be part of the community.
Visit the Volunteering Wales website to see current volunteering opportunities available near you.