National Assembly to meet in the north ‘to engage all the people of Wales with its work’
The National Assembly for Wales is planning to move to the north of Wales for a week later this year.
It will be part of what an Assembly spokesperson called “an on-going programme to engage the people of Wales with its work”.
The Assembly Commission – the panel of Assembly Members that runs the Assembly – agreed to meet in the north later this summer. Discussions with Welsh Government and other partners are on-going.
The Llywydd, Elin Jones AM, said that they wanted to bring the work of the Senedd to more of the people of Wales.
“Engaging all the people of Wales in the work of the Assembly is one of our key priorities – that’s why I’m excited that we’re making preparations to take the Senedd north later this year,” she said.
“Initial discussions with the Welsh Government and Commissioners have been supportive, and we’re now working on the detail of what the week looks like.
“This initiative builds on the Assembly’s programme to involve and engage with all the people of Wales. For the last few years, we’ve run regular Senedd@ weeks in Swansea, Newport, Wrexham, Mold and Aberystwyth, where committees and engagement work have focused on a particular town.
“Last year, we held a Citizen’s Assembly to look at how we engage with people. We also have a regular programme of education and engagement activity across Wales. This is an exciting new venture to see how we can bring the work of the Assembly to more of the people of Wales so their voice can be heard.”
The Commission has agreed to invest in engagement work, and staff have been asked to consider costs and ensure value for money.
Ein Jones added: “Meeting in the north will create new opportunities for people to attend and participate in the work of the Senedd. I am excited by the possibilities that are opening up.”
Next week, the Assembly’s Business Committee will consider an outline business programme for the week, and further details will be announced in due course.