The Welsh Government has published its Programme for Government, which is usually a detailed list of legislation it plans to enact over the next five years. Opposition parties heavily criticised it for being ‘light’ on the detail, given that it is only 16 pages long. For reference, the Fourth Assembly’s Programme for Government was 42 pages long, but as they say, size isn’t everything.
Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood has criticised it for being more about the ‘what’ rather than the ‘how’. This is quite a fair criticism, as it doesn’t specify exactly how their promises will be enacted, i.e. through regulations, new legislation or simply policy changes. The Fourth Assembly’s, by contrast, lists the names of Bills that were planned to be taken forward within each department. Whilst not all of these were passed as initially drafted, many were consolidated and delivered in one form or another.
The purpose of this document seems to be more in the way of amalgamating the Welsh Labour manifesto with the agreements they have subsequently made with Plaid Cymru in their one-off ‘Compact to Move Wales Forward’ and with Cabinet Secretary for Education (Kirsty Williams), in a less one-off ‘Progressive Agreement’.
Following their agreement with Plaid Cymru, the following has duly been promised:
With Kirsty Williams in the Cabinet, several Liberal Democrat manifesto pledges are also in the Programme:
Other key pledges from the election that are in the Programme include:
Other significant promises include:
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