Digital Strategy for Wales opens for comments

Wales Director Valerie Livingston upvotes the Welsh Government’s latest digital strategy. “Digital in Wales will improve quality of life, sustainability and economic growth, creating user-centred public services supported by effective leadership, data and a culture of innovation and collaboration.”  That is the Welsh Government’s vision and what it is attempting to achieve with its Digital […]

What’s on in Wales this week

Monday afternoon sees the Finance Committee hold a scrutiny session with Kirsty Williams on the financial implications of the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill. Adrian Crompton, the Auditor General for Wales, will then appear before the committee for scrutiny of Audit Wales’ accounts and 2021-22 plan. Similarly, over in the Equality, Local Government and Communities […]

Next steps for Senedd reforms

A Senedd committee has published a report, advocating a new electoral system, more members, and measures to improve diversity. Calling for legislation to be introduced soon after next May’s election, the Committee on Senedd Electoral Reform recommends: increasing the number of Members of the Senedd from 60 to 80-90 due to constraints on members’ time […]

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Need to keep an eye on developments in Welsh politics but don’t require a bespoke monitoring service? Senedd Today from Newsdirect is just what you’re looking for. It’s our daily briefing which brings together major announcements, publications and news stories from the Welsh Government and Senedd. It also provides an overview of all Senedd proceedings […]

Assembly set for recall to discuss Brexit developments

Presiding Officer, Elin Jones has agreed to recall the National Assembly for Wales on Thursday, 5 September. The agenda will be released in due course but a single motion to be debated in plenary is expected to be the only item of business. Any motion passed will not be binding on the UK Government. The […]

5 Things Happening In Wales This Week

Newsdirect’s latest recruit, Researcher Sian Goff, gives us a run-down on what’s caught her eye over the next week in Wales. Refugee Week Arts, cultural and educational events will take place in Wales this week to mark Refugee Week. This nationwide initiative aims to increase awareness of the contribution refugees make to the UK, as […]

In Focus: The Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill

Last week, the National Assembly for Wales passed the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill, which will extend the powers held by the office of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales. The Bill will replace the existing Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005, which established the role of the Ombudsman. Newsdirect health specialist Madelaine Phillips takes […]

Apprenticeships: The latest from Wales

Our education specialist, Joe Atkinson, looks at the latest policy developments in Wales, as the Welsh Government looks to create 100,000 apprenticeships by 2021.   Government Policy Ahead of the 2016 Assembly election, Welsh Labour’s manifesto included a pledge to deliver 100,000 apprenticeships by the end of the current term of government in 2021. In […]

Senedd this week: Welsh and Scottish governments seek to avoid no deal

Here are five things to look out for in the National Assembly for Wales this week. Brexit The Welsh and Scottish governments have come together to table identical motions for debate in the National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon. The motions call on the UK Government to take a no-deal Brexit […]

Senedd this week: No deal preparations and making better use of rain

Joe Atkinson looks ahead to this week’s business in the National Assembly for Wales. No-deal Day After the defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons last week, the Welsh Government responded by scrapping most business planned for this Tuesday and replacing it with statements on the impact of a no-deal Brexit […]