11. Campaigning and influencing
11.1 Who represents me?
This information sheet outlines the different levels of democratically elected institutions in Wales which will help people to answer the question “who represents me?” It will also explore the main issues that are dealt with by each of the bodies, to make it easier for people to understand who they need to approach for help with specific issues.
Who represents me?
Pwy sy’n fy nghynrychioli i?
11.2 Introduction to Welsh devolution and the Government of Wales Act 2006
This information sheet outlines the devolution in Wales and introduce the elements of the current devolution system – the Government of Walesa Act 2006 and consider why this is important for the third sector in Wales.
Introduction to Welsh devolution and the Government of Wales Act 2006
Cyflwyniad i ddatganoli Cymreig a Deddf Llywodraeth Cymru 2006
11.3 National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government
The National Assembly for Wales is the legislative body for Wales, Its role is to scrutinize the work of the Welsh and hold the Government to account. The Welsh Government is the executive body for Wales. It is made up of the First Minister, other Welsh Ministers, Deputy Minister and the Counsel General.
National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government
Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru a Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru
11.4 Assembly business and committees
This information sheet gives an introduction to how the National Assembly for Wales conducts its business. This includes the role and purpose of pienary sessions, how Assembly committees work and the opportunities for the third sector to influence these.
Assembly business and committees
Cyflwyniad i fusnes a phwyllgorau’r Cynulliad
11.6 Making legislation
This information sheet will explain how legislation is made in Wales and how the sector can influence this.
11.7 The National Assembly for Wales Commission
The National Assembly for Wales Commission was created by the Government of Wales Act 2006. It is the corporate body of the National Assembly for Wales and is responsible for the provision of property, staff and services to support Assembly Members. This information sheet provides further details about the Commission, its role and remit and its relevance to the third sector in Wales.
The National Assembly for Wales Commission
Comisiwn Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
11.8 Petitioning the National Assembly for Wales
The petitions system provides a useful mechanism for Welsh citizens to let the National Assembly for Wales know about issues that are affecting them.
Petitioning the National Assembly for Wales
Deisebu Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
11.9 The National Assembly for Wales – basic facts and glossary
This information sheet providers an overview of the key things that third sector organisations may wish to be aware of when engaging with or influencing the National Assembly for Wales. This is a summary of more detailed information provided in a variety of other sheets that look at the many issues in much more detail. This sheet also provides a glossary of important terms and phrases.
The National Assembly for Wales - basic facts and glossary
Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru – Ffeithiau sylfaenol a Rhestr Termau
11.10 Local Government information
Voluntary organisations and the 22 unitary local authorities in Wales have a shared interest in the wellbeing of the areas within which they work and in the empowerment of local people to make a positive difference in their communities.
Local Government information
Gwybodaeth llywodraeth leol
11.11 Planning a campaign
This information sheet will discuss the difference between campaigning and lobbying, along with tips on how third sector groups should plan their campaign, consideration of Charity Commission Guidance on the matter and where to get information.
Planning a campaign
11.12 Campaigning and lobbying techniques
This information sheet should be read in conjunction with sheet 11.11 Planning a campaign. The techniques you use for your campaign should derive from the planning you have done beforehand. There is an enormous range of campaigning and lobbying techniques that you could consider using to further your campaign.
Campaigning and lobbying
Technegau ymgyrchu a lobio
11.13 Local authority plans and strategies
In late 2005, the Welsh Government accepted a proposal to reduce the number of local plans and strategies that local government have to produce from dozens to just four. This reduction process was called ‘plan rationalisation’ and its aim was to lessen the administrative burden placed on local councils and to enable them to focus on delivery to the citizen rather than on complying with processes set out by the Welsh Government.
Local Authority plans and strategies
Cynlluniau a Strategaethau Awdurdod Lleol
11.14 Local Government scrutiny
Local authorities are required by law to have at least two scrutiny committees, one of which must be a crime and disorder scrutiny committee. In practice, authorities have more than the minimum number. Technically they are known as ‘Overview and Scrutiny Committees’, but in most areas the word ‘Overview’ has been dropped and so they are simply known as Scrutiny Committees instead.
Local Government scrutiny
Swyddogaeth craffu llywodraeth leol
11.15 Town and community councils
There are 735 town and community councils in Wales with around 8,000 councillors representing the interests of the communities they serve. Not all areas of Wales have a town or community council – the 735 councils cover approximately 94% of the land area and 70% of the population, although its not difficult to set up a council in your area of you don’t already have one.
Town and Community Councils
Cynghorau Tref a Chymuned
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