Opportunities in the new Welsh Assembly

After the drama of the tied vote for First Minister, we welcome the announcement of new Welsh Government and the election of the new Assembly members.

Ramblers Cymru sign at Senedd

The dust is now settling after the exciting period of political intrigue. Assembly members are taking up their seats and Cabinet members are getting to grips with their new portfolios.

Fresh and interesting challenges face us. We have a different type of minority Labour government, with a solitary Liberal Democrat Cabinet member; a raft of brand new Assembly Members to build links with as part of the robust and varied opposition; and lots of pre-existing relationships to rekindle with returning AM’s.

We are busy contacting all the Assembly Members, Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers to congratulate them on their appointments, and invite them to walk and talk with us to build positive links for the future.

We need to work together to make a strong case for the benefits of walking to people’s health, to communities, and to our economy. Exiting opportunities are ahead, such as the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act which will bring a focus on to improving the health and wellbeing of Wales. Walking has a key role to play in achieving the goals of the Act and presents opportunities to work with public bodies to support our work.

We will continue to champion walkers’ rights and to press for the issues raised in our manifesto to be addressed.

By being, or becoming a Ramblers member, you can support our desire to make Wales the best country in the world for walkers and walking.