New Publication: Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017 – Act Summary

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The Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017 (‘the Act’) achieved Royal Assent on 24 May 2017. The Act establishes provisions for Land Transaction Tax (LTT) in Wales, which will replace UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on 1 April 2018.

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New Publication: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: An introductory guide

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On 13 July 2017 the UK Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill sets out the procedures and processes by which the current body of EU law will be converted into UK law upon the UK’s exit from the EU. This paper provides an introductory guide to the key provisions if the Bill, why the Bill is needed, the expected timeline for the Bill and how the Bill will impact on the legislative competence of the Assembly and the powers of Welsh Ministers.

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Update on the Additional Learning Needs Bill

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This article provides an update on the current position regarding the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill. We last blogged on this subject ahead of the Bill’s Stage 1 (general principles) debate in Plenary in June 2017.

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Protecting agricultural workers in Wales

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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.

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New Publication: Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill – Bill Summary

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This Bill Summary is provided to support the Assembly’s scrutiny of the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill.  The Bill will restrict, and then ultimately end, the Right to Buy (including the Preserved Right to Buy and Extended Right to Buy) and the Right to Acquire in Wales.  The Welsh Government’s stated purpose of the Bill is to safeguard Wales’ social housing stock for people who are unable to acquire homes through the housing market.  It considers that this approach is based on the sustainable development principle of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, and will also encourage local authorities and housing associations to invest in new social housing.

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