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Name change and Assembly reform programme

The Assembly now passes laws and agrees taxes, as well as holding the Government to account and providing a focal point for democratic discussions on issues that are important to the people of Wales.


In July 2016, Assembly Members agreed unanimously that the name of the Assembly should reflect its constitutional status as a national parliament.

To give effect to this decision, the Assembly Commission consulted the public between 8 December 2016 and 3 March 2017. 61 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the Assembly should change its name.

The Consultation showed that the name that respondents felt best described the institution's role and responsibility was: Welsh Parliament / Senedd Cymru.

"We have agreed that we should, before the end of this Assembly, legislate to change the name of the institution to Welsh Parliament / Senedd Cymru. Members would be known as Welsh Parliament Members (WPM) / Aelodau o Senedd Cymru (ASC)."  

Read the full statement (PDF, 191KB) from the Llywydd Elin Jones AC/AM

The change will be taken forward as part of a wider programme of reforms being considered following the transfer of the relevant powers by the Wales Act 2017.

"These powers provide us with the opportunity to take forward a change to the name of the Assembly as part of a wider package of reforms, which will, together, ensure that the Assembly continues to be an accessible, forward-looking institution which serves the people of Wales effectively."

Read the full statement  (PDF, 191KB) from the Llywydd Elin Jones AC/AM

The Commission intends to publish the legislation to give effect to those reforms in 2018. 



Consultation report

In total, we received 2,821 survey responses from people of all ages, from across Wales.

Analysis of consultation results (PDF, 5.35MB)


Read the original document for more information about the changing role and responsibilities of the Assembly.

Consultation document (PDF, 4.35MB)

Electoral reform

On 1 February 2017 the Llywydd announced the establishment of an Expert Panel to provide robust, politically impartial advice on the future capacity of the Assembly.

Find out more about the Panel





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