This paper has been updated to summarise the outcome of scrutiny at Stage 1, changes made to the Bill at Stage 2 and the undertakings given by the then Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language ahead of Stage 3 proceedings.
What is the Well-being of Wales Report 2016-2017?
The Welsh Government recently published the first annual Well-being of Wales, 2016-2017 report (25 September 2017) as a requirement of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. The report details the current position and recent progress towards achieving the 7 well-being goals of the Act. Building upon the Act, Prosperity for All – the National Strategy sets out the aims of the Welsh Government and the steps needed to achieve them. The Well-being statement 2017 explains this and lays out the revised 12 well-being objectives for this government term. The key findings of the Well-being of Wales report are provided on the Welsh Government’s website.
The Welsh Government introduced its Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill on 23 October 2017
The Public Health (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 3 July 2017. The Act sets out provisions in a number of priority areas of public health policy, including obesity, smoking, ‘special procedures’ (such as body piercing, tattooing), pharmaceutical services, and toilets for public use. This paper provides summary information about the different parts of the Act, the background to the legislation and its passage through the Assembly.
What new taxes will be introduced in Wales?
On 1 April 2018, stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and landfill tax (LT) will be devolved to Wales. These taxes will be replaced by Welsh taxes known as land transaction tax (LTT) and landfill disposals tax (LDT) respectively.
In the first part of this article, we looked at the main proposals in the Welsh Government’s White Paper – Striking the right balance: proposals for a Welsh Language Bill (PDF, 870KB). This part of the article looks at some of the finer details within the consultation document.
This article is in two parts, with the first part setting the context and providing an overview of the Welsh Government’s main proposals for a Welsh Language Bill. The second part, to be published this afternoon, will provide more detail on the Government’s proposals.