- Includes for the first time a declaration that the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government are permanent parts of the UK’s constitutional and political landscape;
- Introduces a new model of devolution: a reserved powers model (similar to that in place in Scotland);
- Gives the Welsh Ministers new powers in areas such as energy, planning, roads and harbours;
- Gives the Assembly new powers over its own internal, organisational and electoral arrangements;
- Establishes the concept of Welsh tribunals and a President of Welsh tribunals.
The Wales Act 2017 - A new chapter for devolution in Wales
Published 12/12/2017   |   Last Updated 12/12/2017
2018 will see new powers being given to Wales, but what difference could it make to you and life in Wales? On 18 September 1997, the people of Wales voted in favour of the creation of the National Assembly for Wales. Since then, devolution in Wales has been through a number of changes (with as many different settlements as there have been Welsh rugby grand slams—a particularly successful period for Welsh rugby!). The Assembly and Welsh Government were formally separated, the Assembly took on primary law-making powers, Legislative Competence Orders came and went, the power to pass Measures became a power to pass Acts, and Wales received powers to raise taxes and borrow money. On 31 January this year, the Wales Act 2017 received Royal Assent, marking the start of the next phase of Welsh devolution. But what does it mean for Wales? The introductory text to the Act describes it as “An Act to amend the Government of Wales Act 2006 and the Wales Act 2014 and to make provision about the functions of the Welsh Ministers and about Welsh tribunals; and for connected purposes”. What this means in practice is that the Act: