‘What’s next? Key issues for the Sixth Senedd’ is a collection of articles analysing some of the key issues Members of the Senedd are likely to address over the next five years. It's an excellent starting point for anyone interested in getting to grips with the challenging social, economic, environmental and public policy issues facing Wales.
Key issues for the Sixth Senedd
The digital uprising
The pandemic put a stop to business as usual, pushing public services, companies, and individuals to rapidly adopt new behaviours. We’ve worked at home, shopped online, learnt remotely, and socialised from afar. The past year has also advanced the digital agenda and accelerated the speed of innovation . But what’s the role of policymakers in this increasingly virtual world? And how can inequalities caused by digital exclusion be reduced?
Are we at a tipping point of inequality?
The landscape of inequality exposed by the pandemic largely followed the contours of existing disadvantage. But will previous approaches to reducing inequality be enough to counter these stark imbalances, or will new strategies be needed? And what role does data - or the lack of it - play?
Is this the Brexit season finale?
For many, the announcement of a deal between the UK and EU on Christmas Eve 2020 marked the end of the long-running Brexit negotiation drama. In reality, the agreement forms the bare outline of the future relationship plot. The twists and turns of what the relationship means in practice will be a key part of the Sixth Senedd’s story.