Energy Wales Statement »The energy system in Wales is on the threshold of great change driven by new energy, technology and low carbon energy transition objectives.Learn more »
£7.6m funding boost for children and young people’s mental health services in Wales
The Welsh Government will invest an extra £7.6m every year in mental health services for children and young people in Wales.
- Love your library, cherish your church, partial to your pub? Consultation to protect community facilities launched
- £6.7m investment in new IT system to integrate NHS and social services in Wales
- £7.6m funding boost for children and young people’s mental health services in Wales
Section highlightHistoric Environment (Wales) BillThe Bill will support the positive management of change in the Welsh historic environment.
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 »
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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.