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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Improvements in health over the last century mean that people are living longer. Life expectancy is now 75 years for men and 80 years for women.
Wales has a higher concentration of older people than the rest of the United Kingdom. Over the next 20 years demographic changes will significantly change the balance of the population in Wales.
As people get older it is important that the added years are accompanied by good health. The benefits of good health are clear: improved quality of life for individuals, more opportunities to remain active in family and community life, maintained independence and less need for health and care services.
Growing older has been seen as a time of increasing dependency, when physical health declines and people are more subject to chronic and long-term conditions. But chronic disease, disability and poor health are not inevitable consequences of ageing, and there is much that can be done to promote good health in later life. Ideally the foundations for a healthy life in older age are set at the very beginning of life, and reinforced throughout the life-course.
We have launched our Healthy Ageing Action Plan which forms part of a series of Welsh Government initiatives to promote the health of mothers and babies, children, young people and adults of working age. It spans the age range of 50 and over, recognising that some elements of healthy ageing begin at around this age, for example pre-retirement planning. The plan contributes to the Welsh Government’s response to Health Challenge Wales, and links with our other initiatives.
The following initiatives are central to the ‘Promoting Health and Well Being’ Standard of the National Service Framework for Older People in Wales:
Healthy and Active Lifestyles in Wales.
Framework for Action.
Nutrition Strategy Food and Well Being.
The National Service Frameworks for Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes and Mental Health.
Too many people with mental health problems are excluded from aspects of life which most of us take for granted, such as jobs, family support and community activities.
In October 2005, the Welsh Government published Raising the Standard, a document which sets out the standards for mental health services which can be expected across the whole of Wales.
Risks to mental health and well-being include:
life events and social factors that we have little or no control over such as: bereavement, exposure to abuse, homelessness, and being bullied or rejected; and
individual and family factors such as physical disability, poor health in infancy, neglect in childhood and family violence.
Likewise, protective factors, such as good physical health, fulfilling relationships, a secure home life, and other influences positively affect mental health and support emotional resilience.