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Assembly reform programme

oday'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. 

The 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. 

In the first phase, the Assembly Commission intends to legislate to reduce the minimum voting age for Assembly elections to 16 and change the name of the Assembly to Welsh Parliament / Senedd Cymru. 

The Commission has also published a summary of the key findings of the public consultation, Creating a Parliament for Wales


What are the next steps? 

The Assembly Commission has agreed a two-phase approach to Assembly Reform. 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. 

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Lowering the voting age to 16

The Assembly Commission intends to legislate to reduce the minimum voting age for Assembly elections to 16. 

Find out more about consultation findings and what happens next

Changing the name of the National Assembly

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

Find out more about the plans to change the Assembly's name.


Your National Assembly for Wales

Discover how you are represented and how you can influence law making in Wales.

Your opinions count

We are your Assembly and we're here to represent you. 

Find out how you can shape our work.

Shaping Welsh life

Assembly Members discuss, debate and make laws that shape life in Wales. 

Find out which areas of Welsh life we have the powers to change.

Representing you

You are represented by five Assembly Members. Chosen by you and responsible for things that affect your life. 

Find out who your Assembly Members are.



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