Successful prosecutions for scallop fishing offences »We take seriously our responsibility for managing and protecting Welsh seas and all our natural resources.Learn more »
Taking Wales forward: Ministers “hit the ground running” during the first 100 days in office – First Minister
The Welsh Government has “hit the ground running” during its first 100 days as it delivers its ambitious programme of building a united, connected and sustainable Wales, Carwyn Jones has said.
- Congratulations to GCSE pupils on results day - Kirsty Williams
- Recycling in Wales reaches record high
- Taking Wales forward: Ministers “hit the ground running” during the first 100 days in office – First Minister
- Proposed changes to how Environmental Impact Assessment applies to Town and Country Planning
- National Strategy on Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence - A framework for delivery 2016 - 2021
- Establishment of a Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee
- Consultation on The Local Authorities (Calculations of Council Tax Base) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016
Featured consultation »Proposed changes to how environmental impact assessment applies to town and country planning
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Section highlightLand Transaction Tax
Land Transaction Tax will replace UK Stamp Duty Land Tax in Wales.
Final Budget 2016-17 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2016-17 is £15bn.Learn more »
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Written Statement - Powys Local Growth Zones Task & Finish Group
On the 31st January 2012, I made an Oral Statement updating members on Enterprise Zones in Wales. As part of that Statement I outlined the innovative proposal received from Powys for local growth zones. I am now setting up a short-term Task & Finish Group to explore this model as an alternative approach to Enterprise Zones. It will consider the policy options to encourage and support jobs, economic growth and offer the opportunity of testing different types of interventions which are sensitive to Powys’ local economic circumstances and growth challenges. Specifically, it will consider the outline proposal from Powys for local growth zones and look at the specific issues affecting the key market towns of Brecon, Llandrindod Wells and Newtown.
I have asked to receive an interim report from the Group before the end of March 2012. I anticipate that there will be important findings from this Group which will have relevance to other parts of Wales. Therefore, I will ensure that lessons learned from this work are widely disseminated and inform our future work.
The Group’s membership will include expertise to reflect the specific areas of private sector business; rural economic development and regeneration and small businesses in key sectors such as manufacturing, tourism and retail. I am delighted that Justin Baird-Murray Managing Director and owner of the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, has agreed to chair the group. He will be joined by Janet Jones, Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales; James Gibson-Watt, a mid-Wales businessman and retailer; John Gallagher of Control Techniques Ltd; Hannah Barrett, Chair of Mid Wales Manufacturing Group and Wynne Jones, Powys County Council. Sue Balsom, a member of the Micro-business task and finish will have an advisory role in regard to this work.