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Wales to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day in Wales
The Welsh Government has today outlined events across Wales to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
- Cylch Caron: £5.8m Welsh Government investment in services closer to home
- New £1m plan to improve liver disease services in Wales
- Wales to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day in Wales
- Welsh Government Draft Equality Objectives for 2016-2020
- Future arrangements for the Welsh Government’s Equality and Inclusion Programme for 2017-2020
- Consultation on guidance for commissioning substance misuse services
- Consultation on the Regulation of Private Housing (Information, Periods and Fees for Registration and Licensing) (Wales) Regulations 2015
- Compulsory Microchipping of Dogs in Wales
- Regulations as provided for by the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015
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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 »
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Wales Programme for Improvement
The Wales Programme for Improvement (WPI) was introduced in Wales in 2002 as statutory guidance to local authorities on how they should discharge their Best Value duties. This was a new approach to supporting improvement in the delivery of the services provided by them.
Greater flexibility for local authorities was introduced in 2005 with the statutory guidance that was issued in that year. The WPI evolved further still with the passing of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.
You can view the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 on the Office of Public Sector Information Government (OPSI) website.
The new improvement regime which the Measure established differs from best value in the following ways:
- It establishes a broader definition of improvement. Rather than focusing on economy, efficiency and effectiveness, it requires authorities to set their own improvement objectives.
- These can be any actions which tend to improve any combination of:
- strategic effectiveness (i.e. delivering the authority’s community strategy);
- service quality;
- service availability;
- fairness (ie equality and social inclusion);
- efficiency; and
- It gives authorities a broad power to collaborate with each other and with other bodies to attain their objectives, and requires them to consider using it.
- It allows authorities more flexibility in generating, using and reporting performance data and other forms of intelligence about how well local needs are being met.
- It clarifies the Welsh Ministers’ powers to intervene in failing authorities, and requires them to offer support before doing so.
The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 gives the Welsh Government the power to issue statutory guidance on how they discharge their duties under that Measure.