About Senedd Home

What is Senedd Home?

A weekly magazine-style blog focused on Welsh politics and current affairs, the latest news and developments from the Welsh Government and the National Assembly (aka. Senedd). The author is Owen Donovan.

Why was Senedd Home set up?

For a full and detailed account of how the site is produced, read How Senedd Home Works.

There’s a lack of coverage of domestic politics – a situation long been dubbed the “democratic deficit”.

Like it or loathe it, the National Assembly and Welsh Government spend £15billion of our money every year and are directly responsible for many key public services (outlined at Devolution Explained).

On the old Oggy Bloggy Ogwr I developed a reputation for depth and detail, but on Senedd Home, this will shift to a breadth of coverage. That means a greater number of articles but they’ll be shorter and to the point with little to no commentary. People don’t really need depth, they need to be aware of what’s happening in the first place.

Can you run through the post categories?

  • Best of the Blogs – Links to some of the best stories from the Welsh political blogosphere and our political journalists over the last week.
  • Brexit & External Affairs – Stories relating to Brexit and foreign policy matters including immigration, promoting Wales abroad, trade and major world events.
  • Communities & Housing – Here you’ll find the latest news and discussion on local government, regeneration and housing-related issues.
  • Criminal Justice & Public Safety – Policing, prisons and criminal justice are non-devolved, but when it is discussed you’ll find it here. This category also includes stories relating to the fire service/fire safety and things like crime prevention and the creation of new criminal offences within Welsh law.
  • Culture, Media & Sport – All articles relating to the Welsh language, heritage, sport, broadcasting policy and both the media and entertainment industry – some of which is devolved.
  • Democracy & Constitution – Articles about the future of the UK (including Welsh independence), devolution itself, technical matters relating to Welsh law as well as proposals for electoral reform.
  • Economy & Transport – Articles covering the road network, public transport, infrastructure, business, employment and economic development policy.
  • Editorial – Opinion pieces on major talking points in Welsh politics and society.
  • Education – Anything relating to schools, the curriculum, qualifications, apprenticeships/training and universities.
  • Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs – All articles relating to the environment, climate change, the use and stewardship of natural resources (i.e. forestry services), farming, fishing and energy.
  • Equality & Social Justice – Matters relating to minority, marginalised and protected groups (i.e. the disabled, the homeless, carers), human rights, campaigns against unjust decisions made by governments at all levels as well as efforts to reduce inequality in Wales.
  • Finance – Articles regarding budgets at Welsh and local level, spending decisions, tax and spending on devolved public services.
  • First Minister – All posts relating to the First Minister including First Minister’s Questions, debates and statements made by the First Minister and issues relating to the Cabinet and machinery of government in Wales (i.e. cabinet reshuffles).
  • Health & Social Services – Articles relating to public health, the NHS and social care.
  • Hot Button – Specially-selected articles and video clips which cover or discuss highly controversial or hotly-debated issues within Welsh politics and society.
  • Senedd Bites – A brief weekly roundup of assorted minor stories.
  • The Lobby – News relating to internal party political matters (leadership challenges etc.), political gossip, disciplinary matters and any story about the Senedd or UK Parliament as institutions.
  • Video – Clips of key moments from inside the Senedd chamber and its committees as well as other videos from the Welsh Government.

When will new posts be published?

Senedd Home will be updated throughout the week when the National Assembly’s in session – usually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There’ll be no updates during half term recesses, Christmas, Easter or summer recesses.

Major breaking stories will be covered immediately wherever possible.

How do I make sure I don’t miss an update?

Follow Oggy Bloggy Ogwr on social media (more details here), or sign up by email for the newsletter (at the top of the left-hand sidebar). Newsletters will contain all posts from each update in one place and will be sent out to subscribers every Thursday during term time.