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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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- 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
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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 »
A day in the life of a Community Support Officer
The Welsh Government made a commitment in its ‘Programme for Government’, to make our communities safer by funding an extra 500 Community Support Officers (CSOs) across the country.
The work of a CSO is varied. The main focus is to be highly visible in the community, prevent crime, offer reassurance to residents and businesses and deal with anti-social behaviour.
CSO Jan Woodward says:
“I really love my job and I feel like I’ve made a big difference already.
“I think that getting to know people on a personal level is essential if you want to help them and their community. I’ve used this principle with all my community work.”
“We’ve run an art competition at the local primary school in conjunction with OWL, the Online Watch Link, which works at preventing and detecting crime. It’s important to engage with children and get them on board as they can often influence their parents.”
“I regularly attend over sixties groups for a general chat and to explain how OWL works. Elderly people can sometimes feel isolated and unsafe, even in their own homes, and I want to be someone they can trust and turn to for any help and advice they may need.”
Town centre Store Manager Brian Stone says Jan’s visible presence was important in helping cut shoplifting incidents.
“We are a high risk store and have been hit big time since we opened a year ago. Jan pops in quite often for a chat and I’ve actually seen people who I know as shoplifters turn around and walk out when they see she’s in here.”
Abertillery resident Caroline Boden said that anti-social behaviour was a problem in the town, especially on Friday nights.
“Many of the young people don’t have much respect and it’s reassuring to know that if we do have problems with them there’s always someone we can go to for help. The CSOs do a good job and really make a difference,” she said.
As a CSO, Jan’s work hasn’t been confined to just community issues. She’s taken part in searches and seizures of alcohol and tobacco, house to house inquiries for crime investigations and issued her fair share of fixed penalties.
“If people are illegally parked they get a ticket – it’s as simple as that!”
Jan believes she’s finally found her true vocation.
“I really love working in Abertillery. Yes, the town has its problems, but the people here are great and the response I’ve had from them is fantastic – even from those you would least expect!”