Posted: Wed 20th Dec 2017

National Assembly for Wales vs the Welsh Government – What’s the difference?

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Dec 20th, 2017

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government?​

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and holds the Welsh Government to account. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Llywydd is the highest authority in the Assembly and chairs Plenary, the meeting of all 60 Assembly Members, remaining politically impartial at all times. The current Llywydd is Elin Jones AM​. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Welsh Government is the devolved government for Wales.​ It is formed after an election and is made up from a single or a coalition of the political parties represented in the Assembly. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It delivers policies and laws on devolved subjects such as health, education, public services and the environment. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The First Minister of Wales is the leader of the Welsh Government and is appointed by HM the Queen following nomination by Assembly Members. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The current First Minister is Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM​. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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