The Welsh Government has launched a competition to put together a team that can give it some independent advice. Anyone interested - and ministers say they want intellectual grasp and rigour, analytical credibility and a focus on delivery - can attend a conference next month and then put together a bid to establish a public policy institute.
The Welsh Government expects the basic budget to be between £250,000 and £450,000 a year but ministers can also spend some of their individual budgets. The institute will not commission its own research but respond to requests for advice from ministers. Unusually for ministerial advice, the institute's work will be made public as a matter of routine 'unless there are compelling arguments against'.