What is Senedd Home?

A weekly magazine-style blog focused on Welsh politics and current affairs, in particular the latest news and developments from the Welsh Government and National Assembly (aka. Senedd).

Why was Senedd Home set up?

BBC, S4C and Wales Online aside, 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 some £15billion a year of our money and are directly responsible for many key public services (outline 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.

What specific topics will Senedd Home focus on?

As said, the main focus will be on the National Assembly. This includes committee reports, plenary debates, new laws, First Minister’s Questions, policy announcements from the Welsh Government and some of the associated news around this like Freedom of Information requests, scandals/controversies or internal party politics.

There will still be editorial/commentary pieces – at least one post in every edition will scrutinise the big talking point of the week or put a big story in some sort of context. There’ll also be a “gossip column” to cover side stories that don’t warrant their own articles or can’t be fit in.

What do you mean by “edition”?

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

The coverage period will be from the preceding Thursday to the following Wednesday (except when covering news following a recess).

Major breaking stories (emergency debates, obituaries, resignations, reshuffles etc.) 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 weekly newsletter (at the bottom of the page). Newsletters will contain all the new posts in one place and will be sent out to subscribers on Thursday afternoons.