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The Statute Book – the Sixth Senedd’s achievements (so far)
As the Senedd pauses for summer recess, Newsdirect Wales’ Seb Bench reflects on the Sixth Senedd’s legislative achievements so far. After a busy session, Senedd members would be forgiven for having headed to their nearest beach since the start of recess. In fact, anyone working in Welsh policy, communications or public affairs has had just […]
Major electoral reform for Welsh Parliament announced
As Labour and Plaid Cymru set out their plans for Senedd expansion, our Senior Reporter, Seb Bench details the changes and considers the longer term implications for politics in Wales.
New Year, New Wales? What can we expect in 2022.
Newsdirect Wales’ Seb Bench considers the Welsh political agenda for 2022. He has questions. A lot of questions.
Labour and Plaid unveil plans for ‘radical action in testing times’
Newsdirect’s Health Reporter, Alex Myles, considers the biggest thing to happen in Welsh politics for quite some time. After prolonged talks between the two parties, Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru have published their Co-operative Agreement, promising ‘radical action in testing times’. Labour fell one seat short of an outright majority at the 2021 election. Whilst […]
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 […]
Trial Senedd Today for free
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 […]