The Welsh Government is currently consulting on the effectiveness of the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014. The Act aims to support a ‘resilient, sustainable and well-trained agricultural sector in Wales’, and in particular, regulates agricultural wages. The Act contains a ‘sunset clause’, meaning it will cease to have effect after 30 July 2018 if no new legislation is made to preserve it. The Welsh Government will use the outcome of the consultation to help it decide whether or not to maintain, amend or discontinue the Act.
Free Zones are areas which are geographically inside a country’s land border, but considered to be outside customs controls. In these areas, import duty and VAT are not applied until goods leave the zone and enter the host country. When located in sea ports they are often referred to as Free Ports.
Free Zones appear all over the world, from Brazil to Bulgaria, and act as catalysts for international trade by allowing traders and shipping companies to store goods with minimal expense and bureaucracy.
Infographic showing the latest labour market figures for Wales.
The Assembly’s Equalities, Local Government and Communities Committee will start hearing from witnesses for its inquiry into making the economy work for people on low incomes on 5 July. It will look at how the Welsh Government’s upcoming Economic Strategy and Employability Plan can improve the position of people on low incomes, as well as measures to boost low pay, (in)security of work and economic inequalities between different places and groups of people.
The Assembly Commission has established a new pilot Fellowship scheme to enable academics at a more senior (post-PhD) career level to spend time at the Assembly working on a specific project, where this will have mutual benefit to the academic and to the Assembly.