Progress on major health conditions delivery plans »We remain committed to ensuring that quality improvement remains at the centre of our approach for the future of NHS Wales.
£45m EU-backed investment to raise skills across South Wales
A £45m EU-backed investment to raise skills and improve career prospects across South Wales has been announced by Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Mark Drakeford.
- Emergency ambulance response continues to improve
- £36m EU-backed investment in research and innovation for Welsh business
- £45m EU-backed investment to raise skills across South Wales
- Consultation on Procurement Regulation in Wales
- National Outcomes Framework for Youth Work
- Proposed changes to Planning Policy Wales Chapter 6: The Historic Environment
- Building Regulations Sustainability Review
- Support for foundation years
- Support for postgraduate study and part-time engineering, technology or computer science degrees
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Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM
Carwyn Jones was born in 1967, he was educated at Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Inns of Court School of Law, London. Prior to his election, he was a barrister in chambers in Swansea specialising in Criminal, Family and Personal Injury Law and a professional tutor at Cardiff University Law School. He has been a Bridgend County Borough Councillor and was Chair of the County Borough Council Labour Group. He is also a member of Amnesty International, Unison, Unite the Union and the Fabian Society. He has been a Labour Party member since 1987 and played an active role in the 'Yes for Wales' campaign.
Carwyn Jones was appointed as a Deputy Secretary in March 2000 and replaced Christine Gwyther as Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary on the eve of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July 2000.
In March 2002 the role of Business Minister was added to his Rural Affairs portfolio. In June 2002 he was appointed Minister for Open Government. In May 2003 he was appointed Minister for the Environment, Planning and the Countryside. In May 2007 he was appointed Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language and from July 2007 was appointed Counsel General and Leader of the House.
Following the retirement of Rhodri Morgan AM in December 2009, he was appointed First Minister of Wales. He was appointed to the Privy Council on 9 June 2010. Following re-election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011, Carwyn Jones was re-appointed First Minister by Her Majesty The Queen, following nomination by the National Assembly for Wales.
His interests include sport, reading and travel. He is a fluent Welsh speaker.
The First Minister is responsible for:
- Exercise of functions by the Welsh Government
- Strategic and corporate planning in the Welsh Government
- Strategic Communications
- The Legislative Programme
- The First Minister’s Delivery Unit
- Policy development and coordination of policy
- International Affairs, including strategic direction on EU policy matters, international relations and Welsh Government presence abroad
- Welsh Language, including oversight and coordination of general Welsh language policy, Ministerial functions emanating from the Welsh Language Act 1993 and the Welsh Language Commissioner
- Overall responsibility for openness in Government, including Freedom of Information
- Civil Contingencies, including chairing the Wales Resilience Forum
- Oversight of the Welsh Government’s relationship with the Wales Audit Office
- Staffing including the terms and conditions of Special Advisers and Welsh Government civil servants but not members of the Senior Civil Service
- Overall responsibility for public appointments (i.e. ensuring that public appointments made by the Welsh Government are made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code). Other Ministers will be responsible for public appointments issues within their portfolio area
- The Ministerial Code
Writing to Ministers
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