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.
There will be a debate in Plenary on 4 July 2017 to consider the case for new taxes in Wales.
Where do the powers for Wales to introduce its own taxes come from?
The Wales Act 2014 allows the creation of new Welsh taxes by way of an Order in Council. The Order has to be laid and approved by the House of Commons, House of Lords and the National Assembly for Wales.
On Tuesday (6 June 2017), Assembly Members will debate the general principles of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill and vote whether to allow it to proceed to the second stage of the Assembly’s legislative process.
Stage 2 consideration of the Public Health (Wales) Bill was carried out in the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on 23 March 2017.
All amendments brought forward by the Welsh Government were agreed. Whilst no opposition amendments were agreed, the Minister for Social Services and Public Health indicated that she would work with Members and consider bringing forward further amendments in a number of areas at Stage 3.
Article by Philippa Watkins, National Assembly for Wales Research Service.
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’.