Consultations at the Assembly

Find out about all open consultations at the Assembly and have your say.

The future of S4C

The National Assembly for Wales’ Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee are holding an inquiry into the future of S4C.

The inquiry will build on the Committee’s initial findings, published in their report ‘The Big Picture: The Committee’s Initial Views on Broadcasting in Wales’. The UK Government is planning a review of S4C in 2017. The Committee are now carrying out their own inquiry into S4C.

The Committe want you to tell them if you think Welsh language TV is as good as it should be and what Welsh audiences want for the future of Welsh language broadcasting.

You can have your say in our survey, which closes on 20 March. The Committee will use your contributions to feed into the inquiry and final recommendations.

 

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A new name for the National Assembly for Wales? – Have your say! Closes 3 March 2017!

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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 name.

Over the years the Assembly has received changes to the powers that it has. When the Assembly was established in 1999we were not allowed to make laws. Slowly the UK Parliament has allowed us to do more. Over the years we have been doing more things, so our role is now similar to other parliaments.

The Assembly Members debated this issue in July and they agreed that the name of the Assembly should show its status as a national parliament and that we needed to hear views from across Wales.  We are now asking everyone in Wales about what they think of changing the name of the Assembly.

You can tell us what you think here.

Any questions? Send an e-mail to yourassembly@assembly.wales

 

Children, Young People and Education Committee

Inquiry into Youth Work -update

The newly formed Children, Young People and Education Committee for the Fifth Assembly are currently asking young people their opinions about youth services. We have now closed our consultation with young people and 1,511 of you have responded. Thanks to all those who have participated. We will post all the results shortly or you can follow the Committee @SeneddCYPE or @YourAssembly via twitter. Assembly Members will debate the full Committee report on 8 Feb 2017.

Teacher’s professional learning and education

 

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Two of the National Assembly for Wales’ committees, the Public Accounts Committee, and the Children, Young People and Education Committee are currently looking into initial teacher’s education, and the programme of continuing professional development for the school workforce as part of their inquiries into Regional Education Consortia, and Teachers Professional Learning and Education.

As part of their work they want to hear from school governors, teachers, teaching assistants and education professionals in order to collect their views.

If you would like to share your views with the Committees, you can do so through a survey here.

The survey will close on 6 March 2017.

Both committees will use the information to help them find issues to explore during their inquiries, before writing reports to the Welsh Government with recommendations to improve the delivery of these government policies.

 

Have your say! The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill

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The National Assembly Children, Young People and Education Committee are looking at the Welsh Government’s proposal for a new law. The name of this proposed new law is: The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill.

When children and young people need extra help with learning, these are called ‘Special Educational Needs’. The new law will change this name to ‘Additional Learning Needs’. At the moment, children and young people with these needs get extra help in school or college and some have Statements or Learning Difficulty Assessments. The Welsh Government is changing this with the new law. Now there will be Individual Development Plans instead. These will often be called IDPs.

In order to collect the views of families and children and young people, the Committee has created some surveys.

You can find the survey for children and young people here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ALNET-Youth

You can find the survey for families here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ALNET-Families

The surveys close on 8 March 2017.

This survey is a chance for you to tell Assembly Members on the Committee what you think about the way people and organisations working with children and young people should give them extra support with their learning, where they need this.

What is your opinion about rail services in your area?

The National Assembly for Wales’ Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee, will be scrutinising the Welsh Government’s plans for the next rail franchise by holding an inquiry.

The Committee want you to tell them what your priorities are for rail services. The Committee will use your contributions as they take evidence and make recommendations to feed into the Welsh Government’s negotiations. The Committee want to ensure that the new contract for rail services takes the needs of passengers into account, and that the contract provides value for money for passengers and the taxpayer.

If you would like to share your views with the Committees, you can do so through a survey here: http://bit.ly/WelshRail

The survey will close on 3 March 2017.

You can follow the work of the Committee by visiting www.assembly.wales/seneddeis or follow them on Twitter @SeneddEIS.

Since it will be the Welsh Government, rather than the Committee or the National Assembly for Wales, which actually takes the decision on priorities for the next rail franchise and Metro and awards the contract, you may also wish to tell the Government what you think. The Welsh Government will soon be consulting on plans for the franchise and Metro and you can find further information, including how to respond to that consultation, on its website.