<ul><ul><li>Impact through Influencing:  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working with the National Assembly for Wales </li></ul><ul...
What’s devolved? Agriculture, fisheries, forestry & rural development Housing Ancient monuments and historic buildings Loc...
Getting the basics right….. <ul><li>Understand the difference between the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Govern...
How do we decide who is in charge? How Governments are formed…. Pretend Parliament: 60 “seats” in total Red Party 36 Green...
How do we decide who is in charge? How Governments are formed…. Pretend Parliament: 60 “seats” in total Red Party 24 Green...
The Welsh Government… <ul><li>12 people (First Minister, 7 Ministers, 3 Deputy Ministers & Counsel General) </li></ul><ul>...
So what do NAfW do? <ul><li>Technically NAfW comprises all 60 AMs – but focus on the “backbenchers” - the ones not in the ...
The lobbyist’s toolkit: <ul><li>Working with AMs – choose carefully - important to know who’s who (more later) </li></ul><...
More tools: <ul><li>Petitions </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Statements of Opinion </li></ul>...
Who’s going to help you? <ul><li>This Plaid Cymru AM is a former probation officer and is Chair of Cwm Cynon Women’s Aid. ...
Who’s going to help you? <ul><li>This Liberal Democrat has been an AM since 1999, lives on a farm and is their party’s Hea...
Who’s going to help you? Different roles: - Government backbencher - Opposition backbencher - Constituency / region - Comm...
Exercise <ul><li>There is a commitment in the government programme to achieve something your organisation feels really str...
Exercise <ul><li>Important to plan any influencing work </li></ul><ul><li>Know what tools are available to you </li></ul><...
And don’t forget…. <ul><li>… be on the right website! </li></ul><ul><li>National Assembly for Wales: </li></ul><ul><li>www...
<ul><li>Thanks for your attention, contact us for more information and good luck with your influencing work! </li></ul>
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  • These are the 20 areas in which Wales can make Executive decisions and can potentially make laws – not strictly this straight forward there are exceptions etc but this serves as a good rough guide. Notice how they link to the WAG Ministers portfolio areas that is another useful way to consider whether an issue is devolved or not. We will come back to influencing law making at the end of the session. Think about what’s not there as well! (Compare with Scottish settlement).
  • Emphasise the importance if understanding the split of the Exec and the Leg – original devo settlement not like this so still a lot of confusion around. Need to think of it in terms of UK Gov / Parliament relationship. 14 Ministers = FM, 8 Ministers, 4 Deputies and Counsel General. NAfW is all 60 AMs BUT the focus is those not in Govt, also remember that the PO / Deputy PO can’t vote when in Chair. Which “Assembly” are we talking about influencing today? National Assembly for Wales – but you use this to influence WAG and hold them to account.
  • Emphasise the importance if understanding the split of the Exec and the Leg – original devo settlement not like this so still a lot of confusion around. Need to think of it in terms of UK Gov / Parliament relationship. 14 Ministers = FM, 8 Ministers, 4 Deputies and Counsel General. NAfW is all 60 AMs BUT the focus is those not in Govt, also remember that the PO / Deputy PO can’t vote when in Chair. Which “Assembly” are we talking about influencing today? National Assembly for Wales – but you use this to influence WAG and hold them to account. However, this course is about NAfW Parliamentary processes and not specifically about ways to influence Government Ministers / Civil Servants etc directly.
  • Impact through influencing working with the national assembly

    1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Impact through Influencing: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working with the National Assembly for Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Jen Bradbury & Michelle Matheron </li></ul>
    2. 2. What’s devolved? Agriculture, fisheries, forestry & rural development Housing Ancient monuments and historic buildings Local Government Culture National Assembly for Wales Economic development Public administration Education & Training Social Welfare Environment Sport & Recreation Fire & rescue services and promotion of fire safety Tourism Food Town & Country planning Health & Health Services Water & flood defence Highways & Transport Welsh language
    3. 3. Getting the basics right….. <ul><li>Understand the difference between the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government </li></ul><ul><li>They are completely different beasts </li></ul><ul><li>With completely different roles </li></ul><ul><li>Which one are you influencing? When? Why? </li></ul>
    4. 4. How do we decide who is in charge? How Governments are formed…. Pretend Parliament: 60 “seats” in total Red Party 36 Green Party 3 Yellow Party 9 Blue Party 12 Red Party “majority” They form government Need 31 or more to take control and form majority Government                                                            
    5. 5. How do we decide who is in charge? How Governments are formed…. Pretend Parliament: 60 “seats” in total Red Party 24 Green Party 9 Yellow Party 15 Blue Party 12 No “majority” Need a “coalition” Or rule as a “minority” govt Need 31 or more to take control and form majority Government                                                            
    6. 6. The Welsh Government… <ul><li>12 people (First Minister, 7 Ministers, 3 Deputy Ministers & Counsel General) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and implement policies </li></ul><ul><li>Take decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise functions </li></ul><ul><li>Make subordinate legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for very real impact here. </li></ul>
    7. 7. So what do NAfW do? <ul><li>Technically NAfW comprises all 60 AMs – but focus on the “backbenchers” - the ones not in the government </li></ul><ul><li>Scrutinising </li></ul><ul><li>Holding the Welsh Government to account </li></ul><ul><li>Making laws </li></ul><ul><li>Representing the people of Wales </li></ul><ul><li>You can use these functions to increase your impact. </li></ul>
    8. 8. The lobbyist’s toolkit: <ul><li>Working with AMs – choose carefully - important to know who’s who (more later) </li></ul><ul><li>AM surgeries / constituency work </li></ul><ul><li>Oral or written questions to Ministers </li></ul><ul><li>Using debates </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Committees </li></ul>
    9. 9. More tools: <ul><li>Petitions </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Statements of Opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Cross Party Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Events at the Senedd / with AMs / visits </li></ul><ul><li>But don’t forget Welsh Government routes too and planning is key! </li></ul>
    10. 10. Who’s going to help you? <ul><li>This Plaid Cymru AM is a former probation officer and is Chair of Cwm Cynon Women’s Aid. </li></ul><ul><li>Leanne Wood – South Wales Central </li></ul><ul><li>This Conservative AM has chaired the cross party groups on faith and the armed forces and is the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Darren Millar – Clwyd West </li></ul>
    11. 11. Who’s going to help you? <ul><li>This Liberal Democrat has been an AM since 1999, lives on a farm and is their party’s Health & Social care Spokesperson. </li></ul><ul><li>Kirsty Williams – Brecon & </li></ul><ul><li>Radnorshire </li></ul><ul><li>This new Labour AM was a professor of social policy at Cardiff Uni, special adviser to Rhodri Morgan, has worked for Barnardos and chairs the Health & Social Care Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Drakeford – Cardiff West </li></ul>
    12. 12. Who’s going to help you? Different roles: - Government backbencher - Opposition backbencher - Constituency / region - Committees/ interest - Spokespeople                                                            
    13. 13. Exercise <ul><li>There is a commitment in the government programme to achieve something your organisation feels really strongly about – but nothing whatsoever appears to be happening on that agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>How might the National Assembly for Wales be able to help you? </li></ul>
    14. 14. Exercise <ul><li>Important to plan any influencing work </li></ul><ul><li>Know what tools are available to you </li></ul><ul><li>Decide which are the most appropriate for your situation </li></ul><ul><li>Consider timescales and how you will undertake the work </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate and be prepared to adapt </li></ul>
    15. 15. And don’t forget…. <ul><li>… be on the right website! </li></ul><ul><li>National Assembly for Wales: </li></ul><ul><li>www.assemblywales.org </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh Government: </li></ul><ul><li>www.wales.gov.uk </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Thanks for your attention, contact us for more information and good luck with your influencing work! </li></ul>

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