What are Devolved Powers?
The Welsh assembly has the power to pass it’s own laws within 21 defined subjects. The main body that passes laws, however, still remains the UK Parliament in London. This includes such areas as Foreign Policy and Immigration. Below is a basic diagram of how laws are passed within the Assembly. For a more detailed explanation visit here. You can also see which acts have already passed here. Two acts have passed so far this year, including the Renting Homes Act 2016.
How do devolved Powers affect you?
As education is a fully devolved issue, the Welsh assembly has a huge influence on your educational development. This ranges from tuition fees, GCSE curriculums and A-Levels, across both further and high education.
Your access to education is also directly affected by decisions around funding for your local council. If you have ever been affected by cuts to transport in rural areas, then you have the power to address assembly members as a Welsh citizen, for example through petitions.
The Welsh assembly also has the power to you protect your own welfare by providing re-homing if you have left home during further education. If you are a young carer, one of many laws which affect you is the Social Services and Well-Being Act. This ensures that your local authority directly assesses your individuals needs when making decisions around any support you are entitled to. As a student, the fact that you don’t have to pay council tax is also a devolved decision. Below are the four main elements of the Social Services and Well-being Act.
You can always check the progress of any bill at assemblywales/bills
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