New deal for the education workforce »Delivering our ambitions for learners in Wales will need the full commitment of a highly skilled and professional workforce.Learn more »
£2.7million for Welsh museums, archives and libraries
Museums, archives and libraries across Wales will benefit from almost £2.7million in the latest round of Welsh Government grant funding.
- PRA Health Services expansion to create nearly 90 jobs in Swansea
- E-cigarette use more common among under 15s than tobacco, research finds
- £2.7million for Welsh museums, archives and libraries
- Consultation on guidance for commissioning substance misuse services
- Proposal for the registration of school learning support workers with the Education Workforce Council
- Proposals for the Basic Payment Scheme
- Consultation on Service Framework for the Treatment of People with a Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Misuse Problem 2015
- Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Consultation – UK Marine Programme of Measures
- Aligning the apprenticeship model to the needs of the Welsh economy
Section highlightRegulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) BillThe Bill will improve the quality of care and support in Wales and strengthen protection for citizens.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
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Exercise Silver Birch
Exercise Silver Birch was a GB exercise designed to test Government’s response to a medium to large outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
The EU FMD Directive 2003/85/EC requires Member States to exercise their FMD contingency plans either:
- twice within a five year period
- during “the five year period after the outbreak of a major epizootic disease has been effectively controlled and eradicated.”
It is also important to ensure that we have learned lessons identified in the Anderson Reports.
Exercise Silver Birch took place in November 2010. The primary purpose of the exercise was to test the contingency plans in Wales, England and Scotland and the policies for the control of an outbreak of FMD.
The Welsh Government’s (WG) response to the outbreak in the scenario was led from the Emergency Co-ordination Centre (Wales) (ECC(W)) in Cardiff. WG staff were also present at the National Disease Control Centre in London and the Local Disease Control Centre in Carmarthen. Staff from across several WG Departments took part in addition to representatives of operational partners and stakeholder organisations.
An Exercise Report identifying the lessons to be learned from across all of GB has been published and is available on the Animal and Plant Health Agency website (external link).
For more information on contingency planning for an exotic animal disease outbreak please visit Exotic disease contingency planning.