Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, has announced extra investment and an extension to a programme that supports Welsh councils to increase recycling rates. The Collaborative Change Programme will run at least until the end of the 2015/16 financial year. This year, the Welsh Government is providing £3.5m in funding for local authorities, increasing to £4m each year from 2014/15. The Programme is open to all Welsh local authorities and provides specialist advice to help them to achieve recycling targets with efficient services, within their financial means.
Mr Davies said, “Welsh local authorities met an ambitious target last year, recycling 52% of municipal waste. They will play a big role in achieving a 70% recycling rate in Wales by 2025, and zero waste by 2050, the targets in our Towards Zero Waste strategy. These targets mean we are putting a clear focus on reuse, recycling and composting, as well as preventing waste in the first place.”
The Welsh Government’s Flying Start programme provides free, quality, part-time childcare; an enhanced health visiting service; access to parenting programmes aimed at improving children’s health; and early language development to 2-3 years living in eligible areas of Wales.
The latest figures for one area of Cardiff West show impressive improvements since the introduction of Flying Start. Progress is measured in terms of children reaching ‘developmental milestones’. These milestones indicate positive signs of physical health, language and communication skills, cognitive skills, and social/ emotional skills. Compared to 46% in 2009-10, 55% of two-year-olds in 2013-14 involved in the programme are at or exceeding their ‘developmental milestones’. 54% of 3-year-olds are now at or exceeding the milestones, compared to 32% in 2009-10.