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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
- 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
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
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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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Our sustainable building standards
Sustainability is central to all our policies, strategies, activities, programmes, projects and services.
We want to secure the highest levels and fairest distribution of economic, social and environmental wellbeing for the people of Wales.
Sustainable Building Standards
We ensure that the support we offer and investment decisions we make on providing infrastructure give long term sustainable solutions.
We require all new buildings promoted or supported by us or our Sponsored Bodies (SBs) meet our sustainable building standards, with some exceptions. This includes projects procured directly and indirectly.
These standards are:
- For residential development, a minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level 3;
- For non-residential development, with some exceptions for smaller buildings, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) excellent or an equivalent quality assured scheme; and
- In all new buildings at least 10% of the total value of materials used should be recycled or reused materials or products.
For extensions, alterations or refurbishment, the above are not required, but we require an energy efficient solution.
What types of buildings does this include?
The types of buildings include:
- buildings we directly fund;
- buildings by local authorities, public sector, voluntary sector and SB’s funded by one of our specific capital programmes, such as affordable housing, schools, further and higher education, hospitals and other public buildings;
- buildings on developments where we enter into a joint venture agreement with partners or developers, including the public, private or voluntary sectors;
- buildings on land for sale, or lease or to be disposed of for development by us;
- buildings on land we improve or reclaim or through SB funding that is still subject to financial clawback; and
- Buildings constructed by the private and voluntary sector, other organisations or individuals, under our funding schemes "and programmes",
Welsh Housing Quality Standard
We believe that everyone in Wales should have the opportunity to live in a good quality home within a safe and secure community. To help achieve this we published the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). This standard requires all social landlords to improve their homes to an acceptable level.
21st Century Schools
We are working with the Welsh Local Government Association and local authorities on the 21st Century Schools Programme. It is a major, long-term capital investment programme. It aims to create 21st century schools in Wales.
Sustainable Schools Wales
As part of the 21st Century Schools Standard for Schools in Wales an online guide has been developed to help with understanding and applying sustainable design in school design and refurbishment.
We are keen to modernise the NHS Estate in Wales. It is a key to improving the delivery of healthcare services for the people of Wales. The modernisation of the estate will require the procurement of high quality facilities, appropriate to the current and future.