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23 March 2020
The Welsh Government introduced the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill to the Assembly in November 2019. The Bill proposes to reform the legislative framework for local government electoral arrangements, democracy, performance and governance.
The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee came to the unanimous view that the Assembly should agree to the general principles of the Bill. The Committee was not in agreement however on some specific aspects of the Bill, such as: extending the franchise to foreign citizens legally resident in Wales to vote in local elections in Wales.
The Assembly will vote on the general principles of the Bill on Tuesday 24 March 2020.
Read the briefing here: Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill (PDF 510KB)Local-Government-and-Elections-Bill-Bill-Summary-eng
Article by Osian Bowyer, Senedd Research, National Assembly for Wales