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What is the Welsh Government?

The Welsh Government is responsible for running devolved matters like health, education and the environment in Wales.

It does not have any control over issues like benefits, police and criminal justice, which are dealt with by the UK Parliament and UK Government.

It is formed by the political party or parties who have the most Assembly Members, often referred to as AMs, in the National Assembly for Wales.

All the AMs vote for which AM they want to be in charge of the Welsh Government. The AM with the most votes becomes the First Minister and leader of the Welsh Government.

The UK Government hands the Welsh Government a pot of money. The UK Government decides how much money it hands over but it’s up to the Welsh Government how it spends it.

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