The petitions process at the National Assembly for Wales
You have an idea
There’s something you want to change in Wales. You decide to
do something about it and make your way to the Assembly website to start a petition.
Read up on what petitions we can accept. You can follow our guidance on
how to submit.
Now you’re ready to create your own petition!
The petitions team
After you’ve submitted your petition the team will check that we can accept it. What the Assembly can and can’t change isn’t always straightforward.
We’re here to support you.
Your petition gets the thumbs up. It’s now live but your idea needs support. Get it out there, show it to the world.
Things are going well
Your petition is doing splendidly – people are signing and you’ve reached the magic number – 50!
Petitions start at 50
Your petition is now in the spotlight! Because you’ve hit 50 signatures it can now be considered by the Petitions Committee.
How long does it run?
You choose for how long the petition collects signatures – the maximum is 6 months. At the end of its run, your petition will be discussed by the Committee.
Access to public transport - 97 signatures
The Committee ran an inquiry and held a debate
Type 1 diabetes in children - 2,570 signatures
A report was published and action recommended
Wild animals in circuses -
A debate was held and legislation planned
The Committee will decide what it can do to help. This could include:
• Running a detailed inquiry
• Writing to the Welsh Government or others
• Asking you to come to a Committee meeting
Come and see us
Before your petition is discussed for the first time, you can hand it in, have a photo with some of the Committee and tell them a bit more about the petition. You don’t have to but it’ll be nice to see you!
So, to sum up
Create your petition
Get 50 (real) people to sign and it can go to the Petitions Committee
The Committee will discuss it and decide what they want to do
Get 5000 signatures and the Committee will consider asking for a debate
Keeping in touch
We’ll keep you in the loop when the Committee is discussing your petition and what happens next.
Our website has a lot of information about your petition, you can track it from there.
Also, you can watch the Committee in person or on Senedd.tv.
Amazing things can happen
Petitions can be successful in many different ways. They can help to attract attention, prompt an inquiry, hold the Government to account. Petitions won’t always turn out the way we want but can help to raise the issues that matter to you.
GO TO PETITIONS
Now you know what to do, take the first steps towards making the change you want in Wales.