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Striking the Right Balance: Proposals for a Welsh Language Bill

The Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language has published a White Paper

‘Striking the right balance: proposals for a Welsh Language Bill’



A copy is available at the below link:



The Welsh Government will be arranging engagement events to discuss the White Paper in September and October and will make sure your receive the necessary details.

Do you know your rights?


Meic, the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales, has released a new interactive video, to help children and young people to get a better understanding of their rights, and what they can do if they aren’t being listened to.


To view the interactive video, please click here


You can follow the video campaign from 24 July 2017 on Meic’s Facebook (@meic.cymru), Twitter (@meiccymru) and Instagram (@meic.cymru).

Meic Microphone

Securing Wales' Future - Brexit

Securing Wales’ Future Moving from the European Union to a new relationship with Europe

In June 2016 there was a vote:  Do we want to stay part of the European Union (EU) or leave?

A majority of people in the UK voted ‘leave’.


  • The Single Market

Having a Single Market makes buying and selling (trading) between EU countries much easier.


  • Moving to Wales

People move between EU countries for work and study.


  • Funding

Countries pay to be a member of the EU and also receive funding from the EU.

We get about £680 million in EU funding each year.

The amount of funding Wales gets from the EU is more than we pay in.


  • Welsh Government powers

Wales has its own government. We work to improve the lives of people in Wales.


  • Protections for people and the environment

The UK has been part of the EU for more than 40 years.  There are lots of laws and policies that have been good for Wales.


  • Avoiding disruption

Leaving the EU isn’t simple.  There’s a part of EU law called Article 50.  It gives any EU country the right to leave.  It also sets out how to leave.


  • Next steps

We’re going to keep you updated on our plans to leave the EU.


To view the full documents click here

Open Consultation - Electoral reform in local government in Wales

The relevant provisions of the Wales Act 2017 on electoral and registration matters are due to come into force in 2018. The Welsh Government is consulting on:

  • how democracy works in Wales
  • how people become eligible to vote
  • how they exercise their right to vote
  • how elections are organised

Changing who can vote

Age to Vote

To vote in elections you must be over 18.

** The Welsh Government wants to include 16 and 17 year olds too.**


  • You can view the consultation documents here

  • You can view the young person consultation document here

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 10 October 2017, in any of the following ways:

Online Form - Respond Online

Email – Download the Response Form. Complete and Return to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Post Download the Response Form.  Complete and Return to: Local Government Democracy Division, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ


The closing date for the Consultation is: 10th October 2017

The Right Way: A Children’s Rights Approach in Wales

What is The Right Way: A Children’s Rights Approach in Wales?

A principled and practical framework for working with children, grounded in the UNCRC, to help public bodies to integrate children’s rights into every aspect of decision-making, policy and practice.


Created by the office of the Children's Commissioner's for Wales with expert advice from the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People, it encourages public services across the country to commit to the UNCRC and to improve how they plan and deliver their services.

You can download it here.


Why should I use this framework?

Investing in children’s rights has real benefits for organisations:

  • It will help public bodies to meet their statutory duties

  • It contributes to enabling more children and young people to be better involved in public services; leading to better decision making.

  • It ensures there’s a real focus on the particular needs of children whose voices can be lost or silenced.

  • It helps to create an environment where public services are accountable to all of its service users.


If you need any more information, please contact us.


You can also read: The Right Way: A Children’s Rights Approach to Education in Wales here. 

*** Please note, these resources were published by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales ***


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