Welsh Political Structure The Welsh Assembly Government was formed in May 1999 and consists of: First Minister Welsh ministers Deputy Ministers Counsel General Government of Wales Act 2006 allows up to 12 Welsh Ministers and Deputy Ministers Maximum size of WAG will be 14, including First Minister and Counsel General
Political Structure The First Minister heads the WAG In the same way the Prime Minister heads UK Government. First Minister and Welsh Ministers together form the Cabinet. WAG is responsible for proposing and implementing policy and laws in a number of areas – one of which is Planning Civil servants support the WAG No tax varying powers means the WAG is less powerful than the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Political Structure The National Assembly for Wales is the Welsh equivalent to the UK parliament in Westminster makes laws for Wales and holds WAG to account 60 Members are elected by a system of proportional representation Mixed member system 40 members represent individual geographical constituencies elected by first past the post system 20 members are returned from 5 additional member regions (each elect 4) The NAW meets in the Senedd, Cardiff NAW elections are held every 4 years
Political Structure Local Councils 22 local authorities WAG sets national priorities, strategic context and overall level of funding for services Local councils deliver these at local level Most local government related policies or service delivery responsibilities are devolved to the WAG Planning included