Penarth Assembly Member Andrew RT Davies (Conservative, South Wales Central) has unveiled what is described as “a radical programme of reforms to improve public engagement and accessibility with the National Assembly for Wales”.
Davies, who is the leader of the Conservatives in the National Assembly, says he particularly wants to tackle voter-apathy amongst young people in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Amongst the proposals are that : –
- The salaries of Welsh Government Ministers should be slashed by 10%
- The funds top-sliced from ministers’ salaries should be used to supp0rt “youth engagement”.
- A “full procedural review” should be carried out of the way the Welsh Assembly operates.
- A “Welsh Localism & Citizenship Bill” should be enacted which will – he says ” seek to end the democratic deficit which exists in local communities such as the Vale of Glamorgan“
The Conservatives say a ‘Welsh Localism and Citizenship Bill’ would introduce community rights to “Bid and Buy” – allowing local groups to take over the ownership and running of key services.
The bill would also extend the remit of local councils ; make all commissioners – including the Police and Crime Commissioner – accountable to the Welsh Assembly as opposed to the Welsh Government and clarify the use of public referendums.
Andrew R T Davies says “Many people across the Vale of Glamorgan will have turned 18 in recent months, and have the chance to vote for the first time in May’s election – but won’t do so. That should trouble all of us.
“A Welsh Conservative Government in Cardiff Bay would cut ministerial pay by 10% across the board and plough every penny of that funding into giving young people a voice.”
Davies rejects calls to increase the number of Assembly Members . He says “that’s not going to improve engagement with the public. We need better politics — not more politicians”.