Assembly Reform programme
Through its Assembly Reform programme, the Assembly Commission is exploring reforms which could make the National Assembly for Wales a more effective, accessible and diverse legislature.
As the programme of work progresses we'll update this page with the latest news and information, so check back regularly to stay up to date with our work.
Today's Assembly is a very different institution to the one established in 1999.
Then, it had no primary law-making powers and was not formally separated from the Welsh Government. Now, it has responsibility for making laws and holding the Welsh Government to account in some of the areas which have the greatest impact on people's lives.
The National Assembly now operates on the basis of a new reserved powers model under
the Wales Act 2017, with responsibility for the first Welsh taxes in 800 years, including income tax-varying powers. The Wales Act 2017 also gives the Assembly the power to make decisions in relation to the institution’s size, name and how Members are elected.
National Assembly for Wales Commission has announced plans to take forward key elements of its programme to reform Wales’ parliament. The two-phase approach was announced in a
written statement to the National Assembly from the Llywydd on Wednesday 11 July 2018.
The full findings of the Commission’s public consultation, ‘Creating a Parliament for Wales’, have been published and are available online, along with an
Easy Read version and a summary of the main findings.
The first phase
On 2 October 2018
the Assembly Commission announced its intention to introduce the Welsh Parliament and Elections (Wales) Bill. The Assembly gave its approval to the Commission’s decision on 10 October 2018.
The Welsh Parliament and Elections (Wales) Bill will:
• change the name of the National Assembly for Wales to the Welsh Parliament,
• lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16,
• amend the law relating to disqualification from being an Assembly Member,
• and make other changes to the Assembly’s electoral and internal arrangements.
Once introduced, an Assembly committee will consider the proposals and any suggested amendments in detail before a final vote is put to all 60 Members. The Bill will require at least 40 members to vote in its favour before it becomes law.
The Commission intends that the changes proposed by the Bill will be implemented by 2021.
The second phase
In addition to the reform proposed in the Welsh Parliament and Elections (Wales) Bill, Assembly Members and political parties are still considering other issues including; the future size of the Assembly, how Members should be elected, and how diversity could be increased. If agreed, these elements will form the second phase of the reform programme later in the Assembly term.
You can follow the progress of the Bill and of the Assembly Reform programme through our Assembly Reform hub or you can
sign up to receive email updates on the Assembly Reform programme.
Find out more about the Creating a Parliament for Wales consultation results and access the full report, Easy Read version and key findings.
Read the consultation report.
Find out more about the Assembly Reform programme and the reforms proposed for the first phase.
Read the FAQs.
The Assembly Commission is the corporate body for the National Assembly for Wales. It consists of the Llywydd and four members from different political parties.
Find out more about the Commission
Since the start of the Fifth Assembly, work has been underway to make use of the opportunity the Wales Act 2017 gives us to make our parliament a more effective, accessible and diverse legislature.
Find out more about the work undertaken so far
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