The Welsh Assembly is dead – long live ‘Senedd Cymru-Welsh Parliament’

By Siân Jones, Associate Partner The National Assembly for Wales is dead and buried. On 6 May, exactly a year before the next set of Welsh elections, its name officially became ‘Senedd Cymru-Welsh Parliament’. The throes of a global pandemic are not the best circumstances for making such an announcement, but it was unavoidable: the…

Pressure on the UK Government as Wales and Scotland reveal lockdown easing plans

By Siân Jones, Associate Partner The Welsh and Scottish Governments have this week begun to set out their blueprints for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions, continuing the trend of increased policy divergence in the devolved administrations and putting renewed pressure on the UK Government to reveal details of its coronavirus exit strategy.  This morning, Wales’ First…

Devolution confusion sets in as policies diverge

By Siân Jones We are starting to see increased policy divergence between the Welsh Government and the Westminster Government in their approaches to the coronavirus crisis. This week Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, announced a £1.1 bn package of support for the Welsh economy and public services, which included a £500m crisis fund for businesses,…

Is further devolution the only route left for Northern Rail?

By George Robinson The current Northern Rail franchise has had a troubled existence. Shortly after it started, it got hammered by industrial relations issues. It was then particularly affected by the timetable travails of May 2018, along with GTR. Things aren’t getting any easier. Several weeks ago, Northern’s operating group, Arriva, was put up for…

Public problems

By Tom Jones Anti-social behaviour has become a major problem across Manchester and, following increasing reports from concerned residents, Manchester City Council has decided to seek public feedback on a new City Centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). If adopted the PSPO would cover the city centre areas of Piccadilly Gardens, Chinatown, Piccadilly and the…

InPrint: Is Bristol really for sale?

Predicted to be one of the UK’s fastest growing cities over the next three years, Bristol is under pressure to strike a balance between securing funding streams for major infrastructure projects whilst delivering on priorities at a local level. March 2018 saw Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees attend the MIPIM Conference in Cannes and network with…

Welsh Devolution @20

Newgate’s Glesni Euros shares her reflections on the 20th anniversary of the Welsh Devolution Referendum. Twenty years ago today, in a referendum which would dramatically change the course of politics in Wales, the Welsh public narrowly voted (by just 50.3%) in favour of the creation of a Welsh Assembly, or ‘Cynulliad’ in Welsh. A referendum on…