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…

Senedd Bites #7: Money in the Banc

(Title Image: South Wales Chambers of Commerce) Development Bank of Wales Launches After several years of ifs and buts, the Development Bank of Wales (called "Banc") became reality after being officially launched on 18th October…

Best of the Blogs #7: Unmusical Chairs

(Title Image: National Assembly of Wales) Daran Hill offers his thoughts via Click on Wales on the division of Senedd committee chairs following a row between the Conservatives and Labour/Plaid Cymru. Carmarthen Planning returns to…

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…

New measures introduced to recruit and retain teachers

(Title Image: Recruiting Times) Yesterday, Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor), announced new measures to recruit specialist teachers as well as help local authorities pool recruitment of supply teachers from the 2018-19…

Committee to Welsh Government: “Tell us how much…

(Title Image: National Assembly of Wales) Finance Committee Financial Estimates Accompanying Legislation (pdf) Published: 25th October 2017 Chair's Statement, Simon Thomas AM (Plaid, Mid & West Wales): "As more powers and responsibilities are devolved to…

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…

Further Details of Budget 2018-19 Winners & Losers

(Title Image: BBC Wales) While the outline proposals of the draft 2018-19 budget are already known, today the Welsh Government published the line-by-line budget proposals which will give us all a better idea of precisely…

Committee critical of Assembly Commission budget

(Title Image: Wales Online) Finance Committee Assembly Commission Draft Budget 2018-19 (pdf) Published: 20th October 2017 Chair's Statement, Simon Thomas AM (Plaid, Mid & West Wales): "The plans outlined by the Commission are wide-ranging, ambitious…

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…