End of Year Report 2017-18

(Title Image: cityofcardiff.com) So, another Senedd year comes to an end and with it Senedd Home for about 8 weeks.... ....or I would've hoped. Due to the extraordinary number of party leadership elections, I can…

What people said about reforming the Assembly

(Title Image: National Assembly of Wales) Assembly Commission Consultation on Creating a Parliament for Wales (pdf) Published: 18th July 2018 Presiding Officer/Llywydd, Elin Jones (Plaid, Ceredigion) "We now have the opportunity to make our parliament…

Facing up to the challenges new mothers face…

(Title Image: HR Review) Communities Committee Parenting & Employment (pdf) Published: 16th July 2018 Chair's Statement, John Griffiths AM (Lab, Newport East): "Preventing a large proportion of the population from contributing their skills and experience…

Best of the Blogs #36: Wacky Backy

(Title Image: Telegraph) Cllr. Peter Black asks if public opinion is swinging towards medicinal cannabis use? National Left on the Green Party in Wales' "bottle job". Daran Hill on the summer and autumn leadership contests.…

Senedd Bites #36: Summer, Summer, Summer Time

(Title Image: Wales Online) Carwyn outlines final legislative programme On 17th July, the First Minister outlined the final legislative programme of his tenure, listing the laws which will be introduced to the Senedd during the…

Councils willing to work on voluntary mergers

(Title Image: BBC Wales) After an announcement a few weeks ago that Wales' 22 local authorities will no longer be forced to merge, the Public Services Secretary, Alun Davies (Lab, Blaenau Gwent) gave an update…

Senedd updated on EU transition “progress”

(Title Image: Cardiff University) Yesterday, the Finance Minister, Mark Drakeford (Lab, Cardiff West) updated AMs on what's happened as far as Brexit arrangements go ahead of the summer recess. He pulled no punches. The UK…

FMQs: Bring Your Toys To School Day

Here's what happened at the final FMQs of the 2017-18 term before an 8-week break (....for me). Changes are afoot - more later this week. FMQs, 17th July 2018 Leanne Wood AM (Plaid, Rhondda): Cancer…

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…

Committee calls for children with diabetes symptoms to…

(Title Image: monjunction.com) Petitions Committee (Petition P-04-882) Routine screening for Type 1 diabetes in Children & Young People (pdf) Published: 13th July 2018 Chair's Statement, David Rowlands AM (UKIP, South Wales East): "This petition arose…