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Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill

A Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.

 

About the Bill

 

The Bill includes provisions for:

  • Reforming electoral arrangements for local government, including:
    • extending the voting franchise to 16 and 17 year olds and foreign citizens legally resident in Wales,
    • changes to voter registration, and
    • enabling a principal council to choose between the ‘first past the post’ or the ‘single transferable vote’ voting systems;
  • A general power of competence for principal councils and eligible community councils;
  • Reforming public participation in local democracy;
  • The leadership of principal councils, including to encourage greater diversity amongst executive members and establishing a statutory position of chief executive;
  • The development of a framework and powers to facilitate more consistent and coherent regional working mechanisms;
  • A new system for performance and governance based on self-assessment and peer review, including the consolidation of the Welsh Ministers’ support and intervention powers;
  • Powers to facilitate voluntary mergers of principal councils and restructuring a principal area;
  • Local government finance including non-domestic rating and council tax;
  • Miscellaneous provisions relating to:
    • information sharing between regulators,
    • abolition of community polls,
    • fire and rescue authorities,
    • the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, and
    • Public Service Boards.

 

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum (PDF, 4MB).

 

Current Stage

 

The Bill is currently at Stage 1. An explanation of the various stages of Assembly Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

 

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

 

Stage

Documents

Bill introduced: 18 November 2019

Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill (PDF, 818KB), as introduced

 

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF, 4MB)

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement (PDF, 78KB): 18 November 2019

 

Written Statement: Statement by the Minister for Housing and Local Government on the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill (PDF, 130KB) – 18 November 2019

 

Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill – Statement of Policy Intent (PDF, 452KB)

 

Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill: 26 November 2019 (PDF, 49KB)

 

Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

Public consultation -  This consultation runs from Friday, 22 November 2019 to Friday, 3 January 2020

 

A short survey on the Bill can be completed here. A Spark video, based on the survey can be viewed here.

 

Committee dates

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

21 November 2019

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

 

 

27 November 2019

Oral evidence session

Transcript

View meeting

11 December 2019

Oral evidence session

Transcript

View meeting

9 January 2020

Oral evidence session

Transcript

View meeting

 

 

 

 

 

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Finance Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Financial Resolution

In accordance with Standing Order 26.68 the Presiding Officer has indicated that a financial resolution is required for this Bill.  Further information about financial resolutions is available in section 3 of the Guide to the scrutiny stages for Public Bills.

Stage 2: Committee consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Post-stage 4

This Stage has not yet been reached.

 

Contact information

Clerk: Catherine Hunt

Phone:0300 200 6565

 

Postal address:

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff CF99 1NA

 

Email: Seneddcommunities@Assembly.Wales

 

Business type: Legislation

Status: For consideration

First published: 18/11/2019

Decision due: Meeting Date by Business Committee, Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee

Documents

Consultations

 

 

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