Political and civic participation, including political representation – Welsh Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

There have been changes to the policy and legal framework to increase political participation and improve the diversity of political representation. This includes the extension of the right to vote to 16- and 17-year-olds and qualifying foreign citizens, and specific programmes to increase the political representation of ethnic minority and disabled people – although it is too early to assess the impact of these programmes. The Welsh Government has also developed an action plan to increase the diversity of public appointments in Wales and has funded a range of mentoring initiatives over the past three years. However, ethnic minorities and disabled people remain underrepresented in politics and on boards, particularly in senior roles.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on political and civic participation, including political representation.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 18/03/2021