Cynon AM supports package of new laws from Welsh Government

Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells has welcomed the announcement from First Minister Carwyn Jones of the Welsh Government’s ambitious legislative programme for the coming months.

Amongst the new laws identified are bills to reduce the voting age for council elections to 16 as part of a package of local government reforms, the strengthening of NHS governance – including introduce a new duty of candour – and banning travelling circuses from using wild animals on welfare grounds.

The Welsh Government will also introduce new legislation to end the physical punishment of children in Wales. The bill will be part of a package of measures to ensure children have the best start in life and provide support to parents.

In addition, the National Assembly will be asked to undertake a substantial programme of correcting regulations under the EU (Withdrawal) Act between October and March in preparation for EU exit.

Vikki Howells AM said:-

“There is lots to welcome in the latest legislative statement from the Welsh Government.

“Many constituents have contacted me about banning wild animals from circuses and giving children the same legal protection from physical assault as adults – both are timely measures.

“As a long term supporter of votes at 16, I also welcome this important change. When I visit schools in the constituency, I am always impressed by the knowledge of current affairs possessed by 16 and 17 year olds.

“I relish the opportunity to speak up for Cynon Valley when these bills are debated.”