Councils willing to work on voluntary mergers

(Title Image: BBC Wales) After an announcement a few weeks ago that Wales' 22 local authorities will no longer be forced to merge, the Public Services Secretary, Alun Davies (Lab, Blaenau Gwent) gave an update…

Senedd updated on EU transition “progress”

(Title Image: Cardiff University) Yesterday, the Finance Minister, Mark Drakeford (Lab, Cardiff West) updated AMs on what's happened as far as Brexit arrangements go ahead of the summer recess. He pulled no punches. The UK…

Senedd should “act as though housing is a…

(Title Image: Which?) Energy efficient homes, stronger local supply chains, new construction methods and rent policy are amongst the key areas of work a new review panel will undertake on behalf of the Welsh Government,…

Concern over health board cash flow as AMs…

(Title Image: Wales Online) Yesterday, AMs discussed the First Supplementary Budget for 2018-19, which outlines changes to the budget which was approved last year. There's a more detailed report from the Finance Committee (pdf) but,…

AMs mark NHS 70th Anniversary

(Title Image: The Times) As you might have noticed, this week marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the National Health Service. Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething (Lab, Cardiff S. & Penarth) gave a history…

The new plan for Welsh railways

(Title Image: Keolis-Amey via BBC Wales) Earlier this week, the winners of the new Wales & Borders rail franchise (Keolis-Amey) and Transport for Wales unveiled detailed plans for what they plan to do with the…

Equality and respect at the heart of new…

(Title Image: BBC News) Yesterday, the Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor), unveiled reforms to sex education following work carried out by an expert panel. See also: State of Wales – Sex…

Planning inspectors and LDPs attacked

(Title Image: plasdwr.co.uk) The Welsh Government are currently consulting on a new draft planning strategy (pdf) – it's surprisingly readable. The general idea is to uplift the quality of the places we already live in…

Cracking the Code – How the Welsh Government…

(Title Image: Raspberry Pi) Describing it as a "national mission", Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor), provided an update to AMs on what the government were doing to ensure students have the…

AMs updated on 20,000 affordable homes target

(Title Image: Which?) One of Labour's key pledges following the 2016 Assembly election was to deliver 20,000 affordable homes by 2021. The definition of what's "affordable" will differ from person to person based on their…

Calls to end pay cap as Health Secretary…

(Title Image: ITV Wales) Following the extraordinary lengths NHS staff went to to get to work during the snow last week, it's fitting that a Cabinet statement was made in support of the NHS workforce…

Tourist tax on hold as Welsh Government opts…

(Title Image: Wales Online) From April, the first distinctly Welsh taxes in hundreds of years will start to be collected. In last year's draft budget, the Welsh Government said they were considering four possible new…