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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 »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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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.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.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
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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 »
Written - Establishment of the Children and Young People’s Advocacy Development and Performance Unit and the progress in establishing the National Independent Advocacy Board
Following on from my statement in March 2008 I am pleased to provide an update on developments in delivering Advocacy Services for Children and Young People in Wales.
The Advocacy Development and Performance Unit has been established within the Department for Children Education, Life Long Learning and Skills, and is now fully staffed with a head of branch, branch manager and branch administrator in place since January 2009.
Its key functions are to –
- promote advocacy amongst children, young people and adults
- promote and support the implementation of the Assembly Government’s Model for Advocacy Services for Children and Young People in Wales
- consider options for developing and commissioning an all- Wales Advocacy and Advice Service for all children and young people
- establish a National Independent Advocacy Board
- report on advocacy standards and outcomes across Wales
- support Children & Young People’s Partnerships to implement the new arrangement locally or/and regionally
Members are currently being recruited to the National Independent Advocacy Board, which will consist of 3 adult board members, a chair person and 4 children and young people. The board will sit independently of the Welsh Assembly Government and will advise Welsh Ministers on how best to deliver the New Service Model. The adult board members are being recruited using the public appointments process and the posts were widely advertised. There was a great deal of interest in the posts with over 200 requests for information. Interviews for the position of chair and board members, which are due to take place in late April 2009, will involve children and young people.
I am delighted to report that there was a real interest amongst children and young people in being members of the Board, with over 40 children and young people applying. There was such a diverse and wealth of experiences and backgrounds that, rather than loose the opportunity to work with the children and young people who were not selected for the Board, the unit plans to form a virtual group to make use of their skills, experience and enthusiasm. This will ensure that decisions made by the Board take into account the opinions of a wider range of children and young people.
The Board’s first meeting will take place in early summer and will sit 3 times a year.