Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement by the Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport: Consultation on the Draft Dementia Strategic Action Plan for Wales
  4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs: Avian Influenza
  5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport: The New Treatment Fund
  6. Debate on the The Final Budget 2017-18
  7. Debate: The General Principles of the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    And that's it for today. 

    Senedd Live will be back tomorrow morning when we'll be broadcasting the Finance Committee.

    Senedd
  2. Budget approved

    Members have voted to approve the Annual Budget for the financial year 2017-18. 27 were in favour, 17 voted against and 8 abstained.   

    Vote
  3. 'One of the most technically-complex bills'

    Plaid Cymru's Adam Price said that this bill is one of the most technically complex bills that the Welsh Government had introduced, and that the broad-ranging consultation that has taken place should be welcomed.

    Adam Price
  4. Bill covers 'difficult and complex issues'

    Huw Irranca-Davies, Chair of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee said that the bill covers "very difficult and complex issues" and welcomed the element of consolidation in this piece of law.

    He said he hoped that this positive approach towards consolidation is repeated and developed further with future Government bills.

    Huw Irranca-Davies
  5. What is the Land Transaction Tax

    From April 2018, Land Transaction Tax (LTT) will replace UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Wales. 

    The Welsh government says, like SDLT, LTT will be payable when you buy or lease a building or land over a certain price. It may affect house buyers and sellers and businesses including builders, property developers and agents involved in the transaction process (such as solicitors and conveyancers).

  6. Debate on the Land Transaction Tax

    The next debate is on the general principles of the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill. 

    Mark Drakeford is proposing that the National Assembly for Wales in accordance with Standing Order 26.11: Agrees to the general principles of the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill.

    Land Transaction Tax
  7. Restoring money into budgets a 'priority'

    Thanking all members who took part in the discussion, Mark Drakeford said his first priority was to restore money into budgets, and that is why there is new investment in flood-risk management and in urban regeneration.

    Referring to the discussion on the way the budget is made, Mr Drakeford said, "We are a Government without a majority, nor do we have a monopoly on ideas. Working with other parties to consider our proposals...I think is something we should welcome."

    Mark Drakeford
  8. 'Money for flood defences reduced'

    Referring to the flood protection scheme, UKIP's Mark Reckless says that the overall budget in that area is significantly reduced.

    Mark Reckles
  9. Wales needs a 'sustainable budget'

    "Wales needs a truly sustainable budget that looks to the future", says the Conservative spokesperson, Nick Ramsay.

    He says that they would not be supporting the budget, and questioned whether some of the decisions had been taken with a long term vision in mind, or rather, for short-term political gain.

    Nick Ramsay
  10. Finance Committee chairman response

    Responding to the Final Draft, Chairman of the Assembly Finance Committee, Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM, says he was pleased that the Cabinet Secretary had accepted their recommendations in relation to health funding.

    However, the Finance Committee would have liked to see more assurance on Local Government Revenue.

    Simon Thomas
  11. 'Taking Wales Forward'

    The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2017-18 is £15bn. 

    The Welsh Government says that The Final Budget 2017-18 delivers on its commitments in Taking Wales Forward - protecting public services, investing in jobs and growth, and providing stability in uncertain financial times.

  12. Final Budget 2017-18

    For the next hour in the Siambr, a debate on the Final Budget 2017-18.

    Jane Hutt is proposing that the National Assembly for Wales, in accordance with Standing Order 20.25, approves the Annual Budget for the financial year 2017-18 laid in the Table Office by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government on 20 December 2016.

    Budget
  13. An end to the postcode lottery?

    Conservative Angela Burns asked whether this fund will mean an end to the postcode lottery, where people in Wales travel to England or other home nations to access drugs and treatments.

    According to Vaughan Gething, the new treatment fund means there will be less inconsistency across the country, and more rapid access.

    Angela Burns
  14. What the fund means:

    What the fund means:

    • Money is available for drugs to treat any condition, provided they have been recommended as cost effective by experts
    • Recommended medicines will be available up to eight weeks earlier and will shorten by a third of the maximum amount of time before health boards have to make a treatment available
    • Health boards will be expected to begin introducing medicines once a decision is made and not wait until the end of an appeal period
  15. £80m treatment fund to speed up access to new medicines

    The Welsh Government has announced a £80m treatment fund, promising speedier access to new medicines.

    Health boards in Wales will be given an extra £16m a year.

    It is intended to ensure new drugs become available within a maximum two months of being approved as cost-effective for use in the NHS.

  16. New Treatment Fund

    Now another statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething on the New Treatment Fund.

    New treatments