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Welsh Government sets out legislative priorities for the year ahead, 27/06/17 [W]

First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM, has set out the priorities for the next year. The Welsh Government will make five bills this year, dealing with topics including public health, childcare, housing and reforming local government.

The first will be to prevent alcohol being sold below a set price, a bill to lower costs to prospective tenants in the private rented sector, a bill to create 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds, a reform of local government to increase transparency and promote better working with Welsh Government, and reformation of regulatory controls for local landlords.

Most notably, the Welsh Government is seeking cross-party support for legislation to remove the defence of reasonable punishment. A consultation on proposals will be produced, with a bill hopefully introduced to the Assembly in the third year of this term.

Sean O’Neill, policy director at Children in Wales said, “The much anticipated announcement by the First Minister that the Welsh Government proposes to legislate to remove the defence of reasonable chastisement during the third year of the Assembly term is undoubtedly welcome. We have long campaigned for equal protection for all children, and alongside our members, brought our concerns to the attention of the UN Committee on the Right of the Child during last year’s examination of government.  We now look forward to working with our members and Government officials before and during the pending public consultation period’

To read more about the legislation that the First Minster announced, please see the Welsh Government website here.