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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.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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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 »
- 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
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
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 »
Farming and scheme information
This section contains information for your farming business including schemes, the Common Agricultural Policy, Farm Liaison Service and Working Smarter.
The Welsh Government is encouraging a sustainable approach to agriculture and supporting farmers in adapting for the future. We aim to improve income and employment in rural areas by supporting the community; as well as protecting and improving Welsh wildlife and the environment.
Through sensitive stewardship and sustainable development of natural resources, we aim to achieve:
- A clean, healthy and safe environment;
- Maintenance of our land, air and water quality standards; and,
- Improvement of people’s enjoyment of their natural surroundings.
Welsh farming covers the whole range of agricultural production
- Sheep - A breeding flock of over 5 million ewes and ewe lambs (28% of the UK flock) within a total of some 11 million animals;
- Beef - A breeding herd of approximately 233,000 cows and heifers in calf (14% of the UK herd);
- Milk - We produce about 10% of the UK total. The main milk producing region is Carmarthenshire, with processors ranging from local dairies to specialist cheese-makers;
- Pigs - Only 3.7% of agricultural holdings in Wales keep pigs (1% of the UK total);
- Horses - A traditional source of income on Welsh farms;
- Deer, goats, alpaca, guanaco, llama, ostrich & buffalo;
- Arable - potatoes, barley and wheat are the main crops grown here, although arable farming is not that common due to the geography of Wales.
Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
Reform of the Common Agriculture Policy has meant a new basis for payment to farmers. In 2005, subsidy schemes were replaced with the Single Payment Scheme (SPS). This "decoupled" or broke the link between CAP payments and production. Now farmers can concentrate on producing what the market wants and farming in an environmentally friendly way. The Single Payment Scheme is paid once a year and is based on the amount of subsidy paid, and land used, between 2000 and 2002.
Farmers have been encouraged to manage their land in an environmentally sensitive way through the agri-environment schemes - Tir Cynnal, Tir Gofal, and Tir Mynydd. From 2012, Glastir will replace the existing agri-environment schemes, ensuring that future environmental challenges can be met.