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Live Reporting

Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That brings today's proceedings in the Siambr to a close.

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.

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  2. 'Banning elected politicians'

    UKIP group leader Gareth Bennett says "elements of the left tried to ban me from this chamber a year ago, and there are moves afoot to get me banned again.

    "Banning elected politicians for broadcasting opinions that the left does not like does not seem consistent to me with having an interest in human rights".

  3. 'End of the Welsh independent living grant'

    The Plaid Cymru amendments express regret about a number of issues:

    • "the end of the Welsh independent living grant and believes that local government cannot provide the equivalent level of financial support due to the Welsh Government's cuts.
    • "the continued inadequate funding for support services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
    • "the finding that poverty in Wales is deepening and believes that tackling poverty and class inequalities should play a key role in promoting equality and human rights.
    • "the growth internationally of political movements seeking to roll back human rights protections and calls on the Welsh Government to publish a plan for maintaining human rights following withdrawal from the EU."
    Leanne Wood
  4. 'Socio-economic duty'

    Mark Isherwood moves the Conservative amendment to add as a new point at end of motion:


    a) the report’s key recommendations regarding the public sector equality duty; and

    b) the recommendation in the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee and the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee letter to the First Minister for the Welsh Government to outline its latest position on the introduction of the socio-economic duty."

    Mark Isherwood
  5. 'Targeted, joined-up approach to tackling inequality'

    Counsel General Jeremy Miles says" aligning our objectives with the Equality and Human Rights Commission's challenges will ensure we are taking a targeted, joined-up approach to tackling inequality in Wales".

    Jeremy Miles
  6. 'Shine a light on uncomfortable truths'

    The final debate is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Wales Committee Annual Review 2017/18.

    June Milligan, Commissioner and Chair of the Wales Committee said that the Annual Review "shows our work to shine a light on uncomfortable truths. Our evidence show that poverty is deepening in Wales.

    "Thousands of disabled people across Wales are living in homes that are not suitable. Violence against women is a fact of life for many people living in Wales today.

    "At our Annual Conference, we heard the powerful testimony of people experiencing hate crime as a result of their race or religion."

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  7. General principles agreed

    AMs agree to the general principles of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill.

  8. Tenants can currently be charged fees for a range of administrative reasons

    Offenders could face a £500 fixed penalty, unlimited fines and possibly the loss of their landlord licence.

    At the moment, tenants can be charged fees for a range of administrative reasons, including credit, reference and immigration checks or for an accompanied viewing.

    Letting agents' fees were banned in Scotland in 2012, and AMs from all parties have called on the Welsh Government to follow suit.

  9. 'Significant concerns with impact assessments accompanying the Bill'

    Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee chair Mick Antoniw presents its report which has 12 recommendations.

    Committee members have "significant concerns with both the content of, the approach to, and the accessibility of the impact assessments accompanying the Bill".

    They are also "disappointed with the Minister’s statement that her and her team had made an assumption that Assembly Members and other interested parties would be familiar with where to find the impact assessment gateway. As the Committee responsible for scrutinising all Bills laid before the Assembly, we are not aware of this gateway".

    Mick Antoniw
  10. 'Impact on rent levels'

    Finance Committee chair Llyr Gruffydd presents its report.

    The Committee recommends that the Welsh Government closely monitors and reviews the impact of the Bill’s implementation on rent levels and "evaluates the financial impact of the Bill on local authorities, particularly with regards to enforcement costs, to ensure that they are sufficiently resourced".

    Llyr Gruffydd
  11. 'Provide Rent Smart Wales with enforcement powers'

    John Griffiths, chair of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, presents its report which supports the general principles of the Bill.

    Among the recommendations are that the Welsh Government brings forward amendments at Stage 2 that provide Rent Smart Wales with enforcement powers alongside local authorities.

    A licensing system for landlords- Rent Smart Wales - was launched in 2015 in what the Welsh Government said was an attempt to "improve the image" of the private rental sector.

    John Griffiths
  12. Month's rent and a security deposit

    The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill will allow agents and landlords to charge fees only relating to rent, security deposits, holding deposits, or when a tenant breaches a contract.

    It will include powers to limit the levels of security and holding deposits.

    Housing Minister Rebecca Evans says most tenants should only be asked to pay a month's rent and a security deposit.

    Rebecca Evans
  13. Letting agent fees for tenants in Wales face ban

    The first debate of the day is on the General Principles of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill.

    Landlords and letting agents could be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales under plans for a new law.

    Private renting now accounts for 15% of housing in Wales, ministers say
    Image caption: Private renting now accounts for 15% of housing in Wales, ministers say
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  14. New rules would be 'the toughest in Europe'

    AMs approve that "the National Assembly for Wales, in accordance with Standing Order 29.6, agrees that provisions in the Ivory Bill in so far as they fall within the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales, should be considered by the UK Parliament".

    The Ivory Bill aims to make it illegal to buy or sell almost all ivory in the UK.

    It is currently legal to buy and sell certain kinds.

    According to the UK government, the new rules would be "the toughest in Europe - and one of the toughest in the world" and are being introduced as part of the government's plans to do more to protect the world's elephants.

    The UK government hopes to make it illegal to trade almost all ivory in the UK - regardless of how old it is
    Image caption: The UK government hopes to make it illegal to trade almost all ivory in the UK - regardless of how old it is
  15. 'Qualities ex-Service personnel can offer prospective employers'

    Alun Davies announces two new measures which he says can help the Armed Forces community.

    To complement an "Employment Pathway" for veterans and service leavers, he says an "Employers’ Toolkit" has been developed, "which will help them recognise the qualities ex-Service personnel can offer prospective employers".

    He also points out that the WLGA's Covenant Funding to appoint Armed Forces Liaison Officers will come to an end in 2019. He says that "to continue this momentum, and build on the good work already being undertaken, I am allocating half a million pounds from next year to enable Covenant Guidelines and services be fully embedded by councils over the next two years."

    Alun Davies
  16. Centenary of the end of the First World War

    We move on to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services Alun Davies: "Remembering our Armed Forces and Delivering for Our Armed Forces Community".

    Events will be held across the country to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, which cost the lives of more than 700,000 British soldiers, including thousands from Wales.

    The Welsh Government’s National Service of Thanksgiving will be held at Llandaff Cathedral on Armistice Sunday.

  17. 'Such a shame'

    UKIP's Michelle Brown says "It's such a shame for the people who need Betsi Cadwaladr [health board] that the cabinet secretary's statement doesn't contain more good news than broad assertions that there have been unquantified improvements in some areas".

    Michelle Brown
  18. When is the end point?

    Plaid Cymru's Helen Mary Jones welcomes the appointment of an Executive Director of Primary and Community Care.

    However she says, "I share some of Darren Millar's concern about some of the other people who are still there from the previous regime".

    She adds, "the special measures have been in place so so long, they are starting to seem like the status quo....when is the end point?"

  19. Board members 'that were part of the significant failings'

    Conservative Darren Millar again criticices the "lack of progress" over the last three and a half years.

    He adds, "I'm still concerned there are people around the board table that are part of the executive team that were part of the significant failings of this board when it was put into special measures".

    Darren Millar
  20. Technical problem with microphones

    There is a problem with the microphones in the Siambr, so proceedings have been adjourned.