Devolution of law-making in Wales today means that the National Assembly for Wales can legislate on matters that are not reserved to the UK Parliament. This is termed a Reserved Powers Model.
Examples of areas that are reserved and therefore not devolved to the National Assembly include:
The Law Society in Wales responds to consultations and works to influence law-making from policy development to implementation. Here are some recent Law Society responses to Welsh government and National Assembly for Wales consultations in the field of planning law:
Welsh Assembly members unanimously passed a motion to agree the General Principles of the Legislation (Wales) Bill which aims to make Welsh legislation clearer and more accessible. Welsh rates of income tax came into force on 6 April 2019.
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The Law Society was referenced extensively in the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee’s Stage 1 report on the Legislation (Wales) Bill. The Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill and the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill were passed.
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The Assembly Commission introduced the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill which includes provisions to reduce the voting age to 16 and change the name of the Assembly to Senedd. The Welsh Government published its Tax Policy Work Plan.
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The Law Society gave evidence to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee inquiry into the Legislation (Wales) Bill. The Counsel General announced a rapid review of the Welsh Government’s support for the legal sector.
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