How does my AM represent me?
Representing the interests of Wales and its people
The National Assembly for Wales is the forum for discussing matters that are important to Wales and its people. Both Regional and Constituency Members have a duty to be accessible to the people they have been elected to serve.
Members can raise issues in the Assembly on behalf of the people they represent. In turn, there are many ways in which the people of Wales can raise issues with the National Assembly and influence its work.
Raising issues: on behalf of individuals
All Assembly Members have offices in their regions and constituencies and most hold regular surgeries, giving the people of Wales the chance to raise all kinds of issues and make their views known. This gives Members the opportunity to work directly on behalf of their constituents. Constituents are free to approach any of their five Assembly Members; Regional and Constituency Members are equally able to raise issues on behalf of the people they represent.
Raising issues: on behalf of organisations
Assembly Members also meet with pressure groups and community organisations and often welcome them to the Senedd for visits and meetings. The Assembly has a small library that Assembly Members use; organisations can send information to the library so that it is easy for Assembly Members to find the information they want.
One of the features of the National Assembly’s first ten years is its commitment to openness and approachability. Some voluntary organisations have appointed liaison officers to keep in constant touch with Assembly Members and some professional lobbying companies also help their clients make their case or argue their corner on a wide range of issues. Even without these tools, it is easy for individuals or organisations to raise issues, using mechanisms like petitions to bring issues to the attention of the Assembly.
You can email or write to your Assembly Members at their Assembly offices, or contact them at their regional or constituency offices. All contact information is available on our website. Alternatively, just call our information line on 0300 200 6565 and one of our Customer Relations Officers will put you through.
Visit us at the Senedd
You can call 0300 200 6565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour or book to watch proceedings in advance.