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What is the role of the Senedd?

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

Representing Wales and its people

The Senedd is made up of 60 elected Members of the Senedd. Forty are chosen to represent individual constituencies, and 20 are chosen to represent the five regions of Wales (North Wales, Mid and West Wales, South Wales West, South Wales Central, and South Wales East). Members of the Senedd represent their area as a member of a political party or as an independent.

Making laws for Wales

Following a referendum on the legislative powers of Senedd Cymru, held on 03 March 2011, the people of Wales voted in favour of granting Senedd Cymru further powers for making laws for Wales.

Holding the Welsh Government to account

Effective scrutiny of a government’s work is at the heart of any democratic process, and this work is undertaken by Senedd Cymru through a number of Committees made up of Members from all political parties. from all political parties. from all political parties.

 

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