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Role of the Senedd and how it works

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The Senedd is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people.

This section explains more about how it works, its achievements, and the history of the institution and its estate.

What is the role of the Senedd?

The Senedd has four key roles:
• representing Wales and its people
• making laws for Wales
• agreeing Welsh taxes
• holding the Welsh Government to account.
See how they work.

Governance of Wales – who is responsible for what?

The Senedd makes laws for Wales on specific subject areas. Outside these areas, different bodies (like local authorities or the UK government) make laws that apply to Wales. Find out who is responsible for what in this section.

The history of devolution in Wales

Though the Senedd was only formed in 1999, the history of political devolution in Wales dates back to the 19th century. Learn more.

Daily business

Members of the Senedd undertake their tasks of representing Wales and its people, making laws for Wales and holding the Welsh Government to account in a number of ways. These include attending Plenary debates and sitting on Senedd committees to discuss specific issues. Find out more about how Senedd business is carried out in this section.

Elections and voting

Elections for the 60 seats in the Senedd take place every five years. This section explains how Members of the Senedd are elected and contains details of past elections.

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