In this section
Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Community Support Officers at work »Action on the ground to provide reassurance and tackle anti-social behaviour.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
In this section
- 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
In this section
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
In this section
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.
WIIP Pipeline »
The June 2013 pipeline includes key infrastructure investment data for both the Welsh Government and Local Government schemes.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.