March of the robots? The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the potential challenges and opportunities for Wales

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The world is potentially on the brink of a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) of technological advances that may bring science fiction to reality over the coming decades.  On 5 April the Assembly will be debating the challenges and opportunities that Wales might face as a result of the 4IR, and how Wales should respond to these.

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New Publication: Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill – Bill Summary

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The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill was introduced on 12 December 2016 by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies.

The Welsh Government is unequivocal about the need for change. It describes the Bill as a ‘complete overhaul’ of a system ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

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Article 50 has been triggered; what happens next?

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The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has sent notification to the European Council of the UK Government’s intention to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The notification signals the beginning of the two-year period within which a withdrawal agreement has to be negotiated between the UK and the European Union.

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New Publication: Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill – Summary of changes at Stage 2

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The Land Transaction and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill (‘the Bill’) was laid before the Assembly on 12 September 2016. The Bill was introduced in plenary by Mark Drakeford, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, on 13 September 2016.

The Bill is the first tax specific legislation to be introduced in the Assembly. It establishes provisions for Land Transaction Tax (LTT) in Wales, which will replace UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in April 2018.

This document sets out some of the key changes made to the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill (“the Bill”) during Stage 2 proceedings.

Stage 3 consideration will take place in Plenary on 28 March 2017 to consider amendments to the Bill (as amended at Stage 2).

Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill – Summary of changes at Stage 2 (PDF, 1040KB).


Article by Christian Tipples, National Assembly for Wales Research Service.

Assembly to debate the general principles of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill

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The Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill was laid before the Assembly on 28 November 2016, and introduced in plenary by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government on 29 November 2016. The Assembly will debate the general principles of the Bill on 21 March 2017.

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