On 13 July 2017 the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the House of Commons. One of the elements of the Bill that has caused greatest debate since its publication is the impact the Bill will have on the devolved settlements. Differences have emerged in the views as to where powers over areas such as agriculture and fisheries should ‘return’ to after the UK exits the EU. The First Ministers’ of Wales and Scotland have described the Bill as a ‘naked power-grab’ whilst the UK Government has outlined their view that the Bill maintains ‘the current decision making powers of the devolved institutions’.
This briefing provides an overview of the food and drink industry in Wales, including key facts about the economic importance of the sector, and targets for its growth. It details Welsh Government strategy for the industry, outlines recent progress on delivering the strategy, and highlights areas likely to be affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union. It also outlines support available for businesses in the food and drink industry.
Infographic showing the latest labour market figures for Wales.
Following the 2016 National Assembly for Wales’ elections, the First Minister made a commitment to establish an expert panel who would undertake a Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales. The expert panel, led by former Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Ruth Hussey was established in March 2017, tasked with submitting a final report and recommendations by the end of 2017. In July 2017 the Parliamentary Review published its interim report, which will be debated by Assembly Members in plenary on Wednesday 20 September 2017.
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.