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…

All you need to know about Minimum Alcohol…

(Title Image: Evening Standard) Public Health (Minimum Price of Alcohol) Bill Introduced by Minister for Public Health & Social Services, Rebecca Evans (Lab, Gower) Bill (pdf) Explanatory Memorandum (pdf) Why? The Welsh Government have long…

Bill to “rescue” social housing (and £200million) from…

(Title Image: WLGA) Registered Social Landlords Bill Introduced by Communities Secretary, Carl Sargeant (Lab, Alyn & Deeside) Bill (pdf) Explanatory Memorandum (pdf) Why? In September 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published a review…

Giving the public watchdog more bite

Public Services Ombudsman Bill Introduced by Finance Committee Bill (pdf) Explanatory Memorandum (pdf) Why? The Public Services Ombudsman – a post created in 2005 - is the public office responsible for handling complaints from members…