Additional Learning Needs Bill debated by AMs

(Title Image: Northampton College) The Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Bill returned to the Senedd yesterday for Stage 3 proceeding where AMs can table amendments to the law, voted on by everyone in the chamber. Additional…

FMQs: No let up on bullying allegations

FMQs, 21st November 2017 Leanne Wood AM (Plaid, Rhondda): Welsh Government Bullying Allegations The First Minister's answers on bullying in the Welsh Government have been contradictory: he's denied any allegations yet has also said any…

Senedd takes a stand against Female Genital Mutilation

(Title Image: Amnesty International) The Issue State of Wales – Life, Ethics & Independence III: Circumcision Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – previously known as female circumcision – is a "procedure" which includes girls/women either having…

Senedd Bites #9: New Schools, Pricey Booze

(Title Image: Evening Standard) Second phase of 21st Century Schools Programme launched The next phase ("Band B") of the school building programme called 21st Century Schools was launched last week by Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams…

Best of the Blogs #9: Rules & Reformations

(Title Image: Wales Online) There's a further follow up on Mark James CBE's latest legal threat by Y Cneifiwr. Carmarthen Planning asked whether it's one rule for us and another for the Dear Leader on…

Assembly Commission budget rise approved for 2018-19

(Title Image: Wales Online) Yesterday, AMs unanimously passed draft plans for Assembly's own running costs next year. The Finance Committee had been critical of aspects of the Assembly Commission's draft budget, particularly uncertainty surrounding the…

The Talking Point #9: Carwyn needs a fair…

(Title Image: Channel 4 News) Alongside the Carl Sargeant Inquiry, the wider issue of harassment and bullying in politics isn't over by a long shot. The First Minister was forced into accelerating the timetable for…

Borth Zoo Lynx Deaths: “There was a risk…

(Title Image: ITV Wales) There's been widespread concern over the wildlife protection procedures taken at Borth Wild Animal Kingdom (also known as Borth Animalarium) in Ceredigion following the recent deaths of two lynxes, one the…

FMQs: More Bullies Than Bullseye

I won't use the "Hit, Block, Miss" scoring system this week; it would've been neither fair nor right. FMQs, 14th November 2017 Leader of the Opposition, Andrew RT Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central): Welsh…

“The big man with a big heart”: AMs…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) It'll never quite be the same again, but the Senedd has resumed normal business following the death of Carl Sargeant. It was the first opportunity for his friends and colleagues to…

Best of the Blogs #8: Remembering

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Plenty has been said about the terrible news this week, as will its fallout, so I wanted to focus here on other matters. At Click on Wales, Dr Gethin Matthews calls…

Senedd Bites #8: Auf Wiedersehen, Arriva

(Title Image: aberdareonline.co.uk) Arriva withdraws bid to run next Welsh rail franchise One of biggest stories over the fortnight - obvious exceptions aside - has been Arriva Trains Wales (owned by Deutsche Bahn) withdrawing its…

Four things city deals need to do to…

Right, I know few people in or around Welsh politics are in the right frame of mind following yesterday's news, but I still have a few posts to get through this week and will put…

Carl Sargeant 1968-2017

(Title Image: National Assembly of Wales) Former Communities Secretary, Carl Sargeant, has died at his home in Flintshire. Carl served in multiple Welsh Government roles since first being elected to represent Alyn & Deeside in…

Mixed reaction to Tourist Tax idea

(Title Image: The Times) The Issue In the 2018-19 budget, the Welsh Government put forward proposals for four new taxes – one of which would go forward for consideration by the UK Government. Amongst those…

Senedd Bites #7: Money in the Banc

(Title Image: South Wales Chambers of Commerce) Development Bank of Wales Launches After several years of ifs and buts, the Development Bank of Wales (called "Banc") became reality after being officially launched on 18th October…

Best of the Blogs #7: Unmusical Chairs

(Title Image: National Assembly of Wales) Daran Hill offers his thoughts via Click on Wales on the division of Senedd committee chairs following a row between the Conservatives and Labour/Plaid Cymru. Carmarthen Planning returns to…

AMs back principle of a fracking ban law

(Title Image: Wales Online) AMs are, from time to time, chosen at random to introduce their own laws. With powers over fracking set to be devolved, Simon Thomas AM (Plaid, Mid & West Wales) has…

Why flytipping could come with a nasty surprise…

(Title Image: Wales Online) Believe it or not, but until yesterday the only way flytippers could be punished is if councils sought to prosecute offenders through the courts – a process said to cost each…