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 […]

Welsh Politics: What’s in store for 2019?

Joe Atkinson takes a look at talking points that will dominate the Senedd in 2019. 2018 was perhaps the most tumultuous year in British politics for decades. From the ongoing deadlock in parliament over Theresa May’s Brexit deal to four leadership elections in the National Assembly for Wales, it was a year of conflict and […]

A free daily political briefing from Wales

Our free daily business update includes the latest from the Welsh Government and all upcoming Assembly plenary debates and committee meetings. If you work in Welsh public affairs or are just interested in what’s happening at the National Assembly for Wales, Newsdirect has got you covered. We’re a specialist political monitoring agency operating in Cardiff, […]

Next steps as Drakeford elected leader

With Mark Drakeford coming out on top in the Welsh Labour leadershipcontest, we look at the next steps to him becoming First Minister… Mark Drakeford, the assembly member for Cardiff West since 2011, has been elected to replace Carwyn Jones as leader of Welsh Labour. The 64-year-old Carmarthenshire native, who has served as the Welsh […]

Senedd this week: Focus on culture, endoscopy, road and rail

A focus on the arts Arts and culture will take a front seat this week as AMs debate proposals for a national contemporary art gallery and a national sports museum on Tuesday. There are currently seven national museums across Wales, and these proposals have been backed by feasibility studies commissioned by the Welsh Government. On […]

Education Policy: The latest from Wales

Our education specialist Joe Atkinson takes a look at the state of play in Wales. As Carwyn Jones fast approaches the end of his nine-year tenure at the top of Welsh politics he may see education as a missed opportunity. Wales was the worst-performing UK country in the most recently Pisa results published in 2016, […]

Top 10 tips for job applicants

Sound advice applying for vacancies with us or anybody, really. Over the course of a year, we read hundreds of job applications. We always undertake the CV-sifting process ourselves and every application is read by at least two ND staff members. Based on our experience, we’ve put together our top tips for applicants. These won’t […]