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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 - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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.
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 »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes 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
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 »
Written Statement - The Future Shape of Higher Education in South East Wales
For Our Future, our higher education strategy for Wales, identified the need for radical change in the shape, structure and provision of higher education. It is my continuing aim to ensure that the sector is fit for purpose and fully equipped to meet the future challenges that face it. I have made it clear that I look to a smaller number of stronger universities in Wales. In the South-east region in particular, we need a more coherent, geographically balanced and sustainable offering of HE provision, which builds on individual institutions' existing strengths. This approach would help to create an academic and vocational portfolio of significance in the UK and international market. It would ensure that what are currently three individual institutions would, as a whole, be better able to respond to the challenges facing the HE sector. In particular, these include making an improved contribution to economic development and the need for a skilled workforce, and playing a significant role in the wider social and cultural context in which HEIs operate.
A single strong, competitive post-92 university in SE Wales would build on the collaborative work established to date through the University of the Heads of the Valleys, thus promoting progression to HE from FE and other routes, and support for businesses. It would also provide an opportunity for these institutions to develop provision further across the region, in order to minimise duplication and reach a wider audience. The combined resources of a larger institution would put it in a better position to penetrate, for example, Gwent and to build further opportunities for HE provision for learners in the Cardiff area. A more solid basis for working together would also facilitate greater progress of work being taken forward through, for example, the SE strategy Regional Strategy Steering Group.
There would be 27,180 full-time students, ie undergraduate and postgraduates (Figures taken from 2009/10 HESA data) in the new institution. That compares with 27,185 at Manchester Metropolitan University, 21,845 at the University of the West of England and 21,240 at the University of Plymouth. These comparisons are all based on 2009/10 data.
I recognise that each institution has strengths in particular areas in both teaching and research, across areas such as business and management, the performing arts and product design and development. A single institution would draw on these strengths, while offering an opportunity to achieve critical mass in quality teaching provision and in competing for research funding. It would build on the strengths of the current institutions and develop them in a larger, more sustainable framework. I believe that this would be a positive benefit for learners.
All those with an interest in higher education have already had an opportunity to comment on HEFCW’s proposals. I shall now be instigating more focussed discussions with the University of Wales, Newport, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of Glamorgan on the options for creating a single institution in South-east Wales. I shall also be seeking the views of staff and student representatives at these three institutions. I would prefer to see voluntary mergers between institutions rather than enforced ones. These discussions will provide an opportunity for representatives at all levels within the institutions to put forward their views on how best to achieve a single institution.