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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 »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
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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 »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
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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 - Proposed Education (Wales) Measure
Members will wish to note that the proposed Education (Wales) Measure will be laid today, 27 April 2009. I will be making a Legislative Statement in plenary tomorrow, 28 April 2009, to introduce the Measure.
This Measure will provide rights for children and young people to make special educational needs (SEN) appeals and claims of disability discrimination to the SEN Tribunal for Wales (the Tribunal). It amends the law providing for parents in Wales to make appeals and claims to the Tribunal, as set out in the Education Act 1996 (as amended) and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001.
- provides for an initial legislative pilot and evaluation phase, during which children in specified areas will be able to make appeals and claims to the Tribunal; and also enables the Tribunal to register and hear appeals and claims;
- subsequently gives children across Wales the right to appeal and claim to the Tribunal;
- requires that Local Education Authorities (LEAs) inform children of their appeal rights;
- places a duty on LEAs to make arrangements for, and inform children about access rights to, Partnership and Disagreement Resolution Services;
- places a new duty on LEAs to provide access to independent advocacy services that can listen to, and give voice to, children’s views and concerns. Advocates will be expected to be able to assist children in resolution processes, appeal/claim case preparation and support or represent them at hearings;
- removes Minister of the Crown functions and consent requirements in relation to regulations governing the Tribunal’s special educational needs and disability discrimination jurisdictions;
- empowers Welsh Ministers to make statutory instruments regulating the Tribunal’s Disability Discrimination jurisdiction; and
- places on Welsh Ministers the responsibility for considering complaints about non-implementation of Disability Discrimination Orders.
The Measure is also used as a vehicle to amend current legislation relating to the Curriculum in Wales following introduction of the Foundation Stage (commonly referred to as Foundation Phase) on 1st August 2008 for those pupils aged 3-4 years old. The Foundation Stage is being commenced in phases and will be fully rolled out by 1st August 2011. Accordingly, the Foundation Stage applies to those pupils aged:
- 3-4 years old from 1st August 2008;
- 3-5 years old from 1st August 2009;
- 3-6 years old from 1st August 2010; and
- 3-7 years old from 1st August 2011.
The Foundation Stage, once fully rolled out on 1st August 2011, will wholly replace the first key stage of the National Curriculum which currently includes those pupils aged 5 to 7. Consequently the following legislative changes are to be made:
- the removal from the statute book of all references to the "first key stage" from 1st August 2011; and;
- the re-naming of the "Foundation Stage" to the "Foundation Phase". This is purely a change of name and does not affect the type of educational provision provided by the foundation stage. "Foundation Phase" is the term used by practitioners and in Assembly Government publications, and it is considered desirable to amend legislation so that it fits with the term currently in use.