Welsh Government to make statement on its refreshed Bovine TB Eradication Programme

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What is Bovine TB and what is the disease picture in Wales?

Bovine TB (bovine tuberculosis) is an infectious and chronic disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) and usually affects the lungs and lymph nodes of cattle. The Welsh Government’s TB Dashboard shows that in Quarter 1 2017, 95% of cattle herds were TB free, compared with 94.6% in the previous year. It also states that the lowest Bovine TB levels were found in north west Wales and the highest in south west Wales. The latest Defra figures for Wales show that in the 12 months to end June 2017, 1,364 herds were not officially TB free and the total number of cattle slaughtered was 9,693. Furthermore, on 30 June 2017, 798 herds were under movement restrictions.

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Brexit, agriculture and rural life in Wales: Assembly Committee publishes report

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Following the result of the EU referendum, the Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee launched an inquiry into the Future of Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in Wales.

The Committee gathered a wealth of evidence over the six months of the inquiry hearing from, amongst others, farming unions, academics, environmentalists, foresters, LEADER representatives, the tourism industry and the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs. This included a stakeholder workshop, oral evidence sessions, written evidence and an on-line dialogue.

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Plenary Posts

Updated: 03 October 2017

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New Publication: Public Health (Wales) Act 2017

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The Public Health (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 3 July 2017. The Act sets out provisions in a number of priority areas of public health policy, including obesity, smoking, ‘special procedures’ (such as body piercing, tattooing), pharmaceutical services, and toilets for public use. This paper provides summary information about the different parts of the Act, the background to the legislation and its passage through the Assembly.

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ALN Bill financial resolution put forward for second time

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On Tuesday 3 October 2017, the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies AM, will look to move a motion to agree the financial resolution for the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Bill. This is the second time that the financial resolution has been on the agenda for Plenary, as it was first scheduled for debate on 6 June 2017.

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New Publication: Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management in Wales

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This briefing provides an overview of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) arrangements in Wales. It outlines the key legislation and policy documents in place nationally and locally around the Welsh coast. It also describes the funding in place and highlights important reviews to date of Welsh FCERM practices.

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Cymraeg 2050 – Turning ambition into reality (Part 2)

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Yesterday’s article provided some context to the Welsh Government’s draft Welsh language strategy, and insight into the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee Report on the Welsh Government’s proposals. It also looked at key aspects of the Welsh Government’s Final Strategy – Cymraeg 2050 (PDF, 2.79MB).

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Brexit Negotiations Monitoring Report

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The Research Service publishes regular negotiation monitoring reports for the Assembly’s External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, on the latest position papers, announcements and developments in Brexit negotiations of importance to Wales . Read our latest update here .

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Coming Soon! Rates and Bands for the First Welsh Taxes in Almost 800 years

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What new taxes will be introduced in Wales?

On 1 April 2018, stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and landfill tax (LT) will be devolved to Wales. These taxes will be replaced by Welsh taxes known as land transaction tax (LTT) and landfill disposals tax (LDT) respectively.

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