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Changing the name of the National Assembly for Wales: What do you think?

We want you to tell us what you think about a proposal to change the name of the National Assembly for Wales. Why now? If the UK Parliament passes a law (called the Wales Bill) in early 2017, it will give the National Assembly for Wales the power to make a new law to change its […]

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Changes to University Student Funding

Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education, has announced that the way Welsh university students are funded will change in September 2018/19. This follows a series of proposals made by Professor Ian Diamond in a report that was published in September. Under the current system all students, regardless of household income, receive a generous tuition fee […]

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The Wales Bill 2016

New powers offered to the Assembly A new law that will be discussed in the UK Parliament was laid on 07 June 2016. It will reduce the number of areas in which Westminster currently control- for example ports, speed limits and local elections- and pass those powers to the Assembly. Here is a summary of some of the new […]

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Environment (Wales) Bill

On 2 February 2016 the Assembly voted to pass the Environment (Wales) Bill into law. It’s a broad Bill that covers lots of different areas such as nature conservation, climate change, charges for carrier bags, recycling and fisheries. The Bill was first published by the Welsh Government in June 2015 since then Assembly Members have […]

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Public Health (Wales) Bill

A proposed law that could affect things like tattoos and piercings, local pharmacies and public toilets, and the treatment of e-cigarettes in Wales, has been considered by a National Assembly for Wales committee. The Health and Social Care Committee looked at the potential implications of the Welsh Government’s Public Health (Wales) Bill and whether or […]

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New organ donation system comes into force in Wales

On 1 December the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 came into full effect, making Wales the first country in the UK to introduce an opt-out system for organ and tissue donation. How has the law changed? Before 1 December the organ donation system relied on individuals giving their express consent to the donation of their organs, […]

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