This week the Welsh Government, led by First Minister Carwyn Jones, published the ‘Taking Wales Forward’ five-year national programme which sets out how the Government will build a more ‘prosperous, secure, healthy, ambitious, united and connected Wales’ through a stronger economy, a more sustainable Wales and reformed public services.
20 years ago this week the people of Wales historically voted ‘Yes’ in the devolution referendum put forward by the newly elected Blair government.
On the anniversary of Wales voting ‘Yes’ in the devolution referendum in 1997 the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP, has called for Wales to decentralise power away from Cardiff and to ‘respond to the challenge’ which has been posed by the recent election of Metro Mayors in Manchester, Merseyside and the West of England.
Assembly Members debated the UK Government’s draft Wales Bill on 17 January, approving the legislation by 38-17. The next stage of Welsh devolution will now proceed through the House of Commons, where MPs will have their say, before becoming law later this year.