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…

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…

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…

FMQs: Booze, Budgets & Brexit

FMQs, 24th October 2017 Leanne Wood AM (Plaid, Rhondda): Alcohol Pricing & Drugs (more here) What assessment had the Welsh Government made on the effect minimum pricing of alcohol would have on other forms of…

What the end of the engine could mean…

(Title Image: South Wales Argus) The Issue Personal transport is rapidly changing. The UK Government recently announced it was going to phase out diesel and petrol engines by 2040 - following in the footsteps of…

Senedd rallies behind fight against Hate Crime

(Title Image: The Guardian) The Issue Hate crime straddles devolved and non-devolved areas, with policing and criminal justice being the responsibility of the UK Government, but the Welsh Government and Senedd playing a role in…

FMQs: Nuclear Mud, Fisticuffs & Euro 2020

FMQs, 26th September 2017 Party Leaders The Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central) raised the issue of NHS waiting times and winter preparedness. Across Wales, there's been a 400% increase…

AMs call for independent health watchdog amidst reforms

(Title Image: BBC Wales) The Issue The Welsh Government are in the process of abolishing and replacing Community Health Councils (CHCs). CHCs include representatives from local authorities, patients and other appointees and act as a…

FMQs: 20 Years etc.

A new Assembly year and FMQs has a new home. It's going to be pretty much as it was on Oggy Bloggy Ogwr, but it's worth explaining how I pick backbench questions. Firstly, they need…