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Better law making: the implementation challenge
24 September 2020

Our latest think piece looks at some of the challenges to implementation

Drawing on its post-legislative examination of four significant laws, Audit Wales here considers some of the challenges faced by local authorities and other public bodies when trying to implement legislation.

Implementation is a complex task which needs to be fully thought through by the Welsh Government and the Senedd for Wales whenever they bring forward and make any new legislation. If implementation is not adequately considered when legislation is being developed and scrutinised, desired policy objectives are unlikely to be achieved.

This report draws on five reports published between 2019 and today looking at how local authorities are responding to the challenge of implementing new legislation. Each of these reviews identified some difficulties faced by local authorities and their public sector partners in implementing their new responsibilities.

The paper also highlights some important common issues emerging from these reports, and asserts that good practice would be to undertake some post legislative examination of how well new legislation is being implemented or, indeed, whether it is being implemented at all.

 

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