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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm.
  2. Jack Sargeant gives his first speech
  3. Questions to the First Minister
  4. Tax Policy Work Plan 2018
  5. NHS winter pressures
  6. Debate: The Final Police Settlement 2018-19
  7. Debate: The General Principles of the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Siwan Richards

All times stated are UK

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That's it from the Siambr for today.

Senedd Live returns tomorrow.

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Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

The final debate of the day is on the General Principles of the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill.

The Bill was introduced on 16 October 2017 by Carl Sargeant, the then Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children.

In September 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced housing associations should be considered part of the public, not private, sector.

But the Welsh Government promised to take "whatever steps are necessary" to reverse the change, following concerns the move could limit new affordable homes being built in Wales.

The ONS decision led to concerns that housing associations would no longer be able to borrow the money needed to provide new houses.

At the moment not-for-profit housing associations are considered to be in the private sector and can borrow as much money as they can afford, within certain regulations.

The Welsh Government has promised to provide 20,000 affordable homes over the course of the current assembly term.

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'Urgent need to devolve policing to Wales'

Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian says the "worsening financial position of the police emphasises the urgent need to devolve policing to Wales".

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Commitment made in 2015

Conservative Mark Isherwood says that the UK government is honoring the commitment made in 2015 that the amount of money the police receive from the government will rise in line with inflation for the following five years.

Mark Isherwood
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Core central funding at the same level as the current year

Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services Alun Davies says the settlement "will provide core central funding at the same level as the current year".

He accuses the Conservative government of "moving away from their responsibility to fund public services".

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Debate on the Final Police Settlement 2018-19

The first debate of the day is on the Final Police Settlement 2018-19.

The number of violent crimes and sex offences recorded by police in England and Wales has risen sharply over the past year, figures suggest.

Knife crime and robbery also increased in the 12 months to September 2017 compared with the previous year, the Office for National Statistics said.

About 5.3 million crimes were recorded in all in that 12-month period, up 14%.

However, the separate Crime Survey, based on people's experiences, suggests crime continues to fall.

This survey, based on interviews with 35,000 households in England and Wales, includes crimes that people do not report to police.

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'In the depths of the winter crisis'

UKIP's Caroline Jones says that "although spring is around the corner, our NHS remains in the depths of the winter crisis".

"Why is the NHS struggling more this year?" she asks.

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'Fundamental shift needed from Welsh Government'

With the light from the Senedd funnel shining down on him, Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth asks "what fundamental shift can be expected from the Welsh Government that will put the NHS in Wales in a stronger position to deal with winter pressures?"

Rhun ap Iorwerth
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'Not all roses'

Conservative Angela Burns says "it is not all roses and serious questions remain over the way services were planned for this winter".

Angela Burns
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'Times where people have experienced longer waits than are acceptable'

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething acknowledges that "although winter preparation has delivered a greater resilience in the system, there have been times where people have experienced longer waits than are acceptable".

He announces an additional £10m is being made available to local authorities in Wales to enable social services to support people in their homes and communities.

He warns, "winter is not over yet. Pressure remains in the system and there will inevitably be more difficult days to come."

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Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services

We move on to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething on NHS winter pressures.

Last month consultants in Wales wrote to the first minister claiming safety is being compromised "to an unacceptable degree".

The group said they recognised funding constraints but said both NHS Wales and the social care sector were "severely and chronically under-resourced".

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'Wales will not follow English example'

Mark Drakeford confirms Wales will not follow the English example of phasing out central government funding for local councils so they raise all their budgets from taxes.

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'Chosen the least damaging of the options'

UKIP leader Neil Hamilton says the Welsh Government has "chosen the least damaging" of the four options.

Disappointment over lack of progress on disposable plastics tax

Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas expresses disappointment that the Welsh Government hasn't prioritized a disposable plastics tax, but welcomes the testing of the Wales Act 2014 powers.

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'Common sense has prevailed'

Conservative Nick Ramsay says "common sense has prevailed" in that the tourism tax will not be used to test the Wales Act powers.

Nick Ramsay
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Vacant land tax idea to test Wales Act 2014 powers

The Welsh Government will put forward the vacant land tax idea to test the Wales Act 2014 powers, Cabinet Secretary for Finance Mark Drakeford says.

But he adds that work will also continue on each of the other three tax ideas.

He explains a vacant land tax has been chosen both because it could help to incentivise more timely development, and because it could help prevent dereliction and aid regeneration.

Welsh ministers are concerned that sites are lying vacant without being developed
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Welsh ministers are concerned that sites are lying vacant without being developed

Four taxes considered by the Welsh Government

The first statement of the day is by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance Mark Drakeford: "Tax Policy Work Plan 2018, including New Taxes".

Four taxes have been considered by the Welsh Government under new powers.

These are a vacant land tax levy, a levy to fund social care, a tax on disposable plastics and a tourism tax.

Two new taxes will take effect in Wales in April - the Land Transaction Act (which replaces stamp duty) and the Landfill Disposals Tax are expected to collect together about £300m a year.

From April 2019, ministers will also be able to vary income tax, cutting or raising rates by up to 10p in the pound within each tax band.

However, First Minister Carwyn Jones has made it clear the Welsh Government has no intention to change income tax rates before the election in 2021.

A Welsh Revenue Authority has been set up to collect taxes
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A Welsh Revenue Authority has been set up to collect taxes

Business Statement and Announcement

The next item is the Business Statement and Announcement.

Leader of the House Julie James outlines the Assembly's future business and responds to requests from AMs.

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'112,000 workers could face losing their jobs in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport'

Asked by Llanelli AM Lee Waters what assessment the first minister has made of the Centre for Cities analysis that 112,000 workers could face losing their jobs in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport alone, as a result of automation, Mr Jones replies that "predictions of this sort are never straightforward".

Lee Waters AM
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NHS in Wales is a 'third World' service

Claims from Neil Hamilton that the NHS in Wales is a "third World" service prompt angry response from the first minister, who details his experience of visiting a hospital in Uganda.

'Targets have been set and I expect them to be met'

Neil Hamilton says there's a lack of transparency in what the teams sent to improve Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are actually doing.

The first minister says targets have been set and he expects them to be met.

Neil Hamilton AM
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'National Health Shambles'

The first minister says health services are being funded at a higher level than in England, and rejects UKIP leader Neil Hamilton's claims that the NHS stands for "National Health Shambles".

Baglan prison: no decision taken on sale of land

The first minister says no decision has been taken on the sale of land to the Ministry of Justice to build a new prison at Baglan.

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Call for devolution of the justice system

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood presses the first minister on devolution of the justice system to Wales, saying the current system makes no sense.

She says the privatisation of probation service has failed, citing the Conner Marshall case.

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Hywel Dda health board consultation

Challenged by Andrew RT Davies on health services in the Hywel Dda health board area, the first minister says there is a consultation ongoing on future services.

£70m deficit is not acceptable

The first minister tells Andrew RT Davies that Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has told Hywel Dda health board that the £70m deficit is not acceptable.

Andrew RT Davies welcomes the new member for Alyn and Deeside

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies begins by welcoming the new member for Alyn and Deeside.

Andrew RT Davies
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Brexit: UK government 'secretive about its economic forecasts'

The first minister says he "can't understand why the UK government has been so secretive about its economic forecasts".

'Cat is out of the bag on the economic hit from Brexit'

Referring to the UK government's post-Brexit economic forecast for Wales, Labour AM for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw says the "cat is out of the bag" on the "economic hit" from Brexit.

Build a 'better, kinder politics'

Mr Sargeant concludes that he hopes he can do something to build a "better, kinder politics".

He receives a standing ovation from AMs.

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Standing ovation

'Examine the way my Dad was treated in the run up to his death'

Jack Sargeant says he is not the only person in the Senedd that wants justice for his father.

He says he will work to ensure the inquiries underway will "examine the way my Dad was treated in the run up to his death".

'Our community's problems were everyone's problems'

"My dad was truly loved by the community and the people, the special people, of Alyn and Deeside" says Jack Sargeant.

"He loved the sense of togetherness.

"Our community's problems were everyone's problems".

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Tribute to 'the man that was the glue of my family'

Jack Sargeant thanks AMs and staff for their words of congratulations following the by-election, and for their support following the death of his father, Carl Sargeant.

His speech focuses on building on his late father’s legacy - "the man I knew as 'Dad' " and he pays tribute to his father, 'the man that was the glue of my family and held us together".

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Llywydd welcomes Jack Sargeant to his first plenary session

The Llywydd Elin Jones welcomes Jack Sargeant’s to his first plenary session since his victory in last week's Alyn and Deeside by-election which was sparked by his father Carl Sargeant's death.

His father was sacked as communities secretary in November following allegations about his conduct.

An inquiry into the handling of his dismissal will be held.

Elin Jones says he follows "in a proud tradition" in Alyn and Deeside.

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