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Equal protection and lowering the voting age are part of Welsh Government’s legislative priorities, 17/07/2018 [W]

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has announced that legislative priorities for the coming year will include ending the physical punishment of children in Wales, and lowering the voting age for local elections to 16.

The legislation to end the physical punishment of children will be part of a package of measures that the Welsh Government hope will ensure that children have the best start in life and provide support to parents.

Last week, Children in Wales welcomed the announcement that fewer parents are using physical punishment to manage their children’s behaviour. We are further pleased that the Welsh Government is continuing with their plans to legislate, and hope that clear legislation will provide children in Wales with equal legal protection to adults.

The Government plans to bring forward a local government bill to reform local authority electoral arrangements, including reducing the voting age to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in local government elections.

The Welsh Government has also announced that it plans to introduce legislation that will organise the Welsh statute book more clearly, hopefully making Welsh law more accessible.

To read the Welsh Government’s announcement in full, please visit the Welsh Government’s website, here.