Conservative AM to introduce Autism Bill

(Title Image: NAS Cymru) Autism Bill Introduced by Paul Davies AM (Con, Preseli Pembs.) Bill (pdf) Explanatory Memorandum (pdf) Why? Although Wales led the way in developing the first strategic action plan for autism in…

Law to ban new leasehold houses “not ruled…

(Title Image: lovemoney.com) Over the last few months, there've been a number of backbench member's debates on issues around leasehold properties – some of which seriously impact people's finances and quality of life. This time…

Minimum Alcohol Pricing becomes law in Wales

(Title Image: Evening Standard) Yesterday, AMs debated and voted on the final stage of the controversial Minimum Alcohol Pricing Bill, which will set a minimum price for alcohol sold in Wales. A similar law is…

Senedd bans plastic microbeads in personal care products

(Title Image: look.co.uk) The environmental impact of plastics, particularly in the seas, has become a hot topic of concern in the media. Yesterday, AMs unanimously approved regulations on the use of plastic microbeads. While microbeads…

Minimum Alcohol Pricing Bill remains on course

(Title Image: Evening Standard) One of the few controversial laws proposed this term – setting a minimum price for alcohol in Wales - reached a critical stage yesterday, as AMs debated the details and proposed…

New law proposes ban on up-front letting fees

(Title Image: landlordnews.co.uk) Rental Fees Bill Introduced by Minister for Housing & Regeneration, Rebecca Evans (Lab, Gower) Bill (pdf) Explanatory Memorandum (pdf) Why? If you've ever rented a private property - about 15% of all…

Senedd backs Brexit Bill

(Title Image: Cardiff University) The LCM When the UK Government & Parliament wishes to make a law in a policy area that's devolved, they need to ask the Senedd's permission through the use of a…

Social Landlords Bill approved by AMs

(Title Image: WLGA) A law which will re-categorise housing associations as private sector organisations and make a number of behind-the-scenes changes to how they're organised was approved by AMs yesterday evening. It's hoped this will…

Housing Association Bill moves a step closer to…

(Title Image: WLGA) At a Glance Guide Stage 1 report (summary) The Registered Social Landlords Bill was introduced to take housing associations back into the private sector following a re-classification as public sector bodies by…

Bill lays groundwork for Labour’s childcare manifesto pledge

(Title Image: nurseryworld.co.uk) Childcare Funding Bill Introduced by Minister for Children & Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies (Lab, Ogmore) Bill (pdf) Explanatory Memorandum (pdf) Why? One of Labour's key manifesto pledges at the 2016 Welsh General…

AMs support proposal for law to clamp down…

(Title Image: Which?) Over the last few months, two backbench debates have taken place on leaseholds and unadopted roads – both resulting in AMs giving very strong views on the matter and backing calls for…

What’s in the (Welsh) Continuity Bill?

(Title Image: Cardiff University) Law Derived from the European Union Bill (aka. "Continuity Bill") Introduced by Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford (Lab, Cardiff West) Bill (pdf) Explanatory Memorandum (pdf) Why? There's a more comprehensive guide from…

AMs support principle of an “inclusive play” law

(Title Image: Sutcliffe Play) Another debate on a backbench Member's Bill idea took place yesterday, this time from Vikki Howells AM (Lab, Cynon Valley). Welsh local authorities currently have a duty to assess the play…

Five key recommended improvements to housing association law

(Title Image: WLGA) External Affairs Committee (Sub-Committee) Stage One Report: Registered Social Landlords Bill (pdf) Published: 31st January 2018 The Registered Social Landlords Bill (details here) was introduced to take housing associations back into the…

Senedd unanimously backs “Brexit Continuity Bill” proposal

(Title Image: Cardiff University) One of the growing concerns about the Brexit process in the devolved administrations is the possible "clawing back" of devolved powers by Westminster – underlined by two recent committee reports. Earlier…

AMs pass law on special needs

(Title Image: Northampton College) AMs approved another Welsh law yesterday, with the passing of the Additional Learning Needs Bill. Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor), accepted that the Bill "was a long…

Abolition of Right to Buy Bill Passed

(Title Image: The Guardian) Yesterday, AMs passed the final version of the Abolition of Right to Buy Bill. Housing & Regeneration Minister, Rebecca Evans (Lab, Gower) said the law will form a key part of…

Right to Buy ban in Wales moves a…

(Title Image: The Guardian) The (somewhat controversial) Bill which will introduce a blanket abolition of "Right to Buy" for social housing tenants in Wales was debated in detail by AMs yesterday and has moved a…

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…

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…