Assembly Members will have to return to Cardiff Bay from their Christmas breaks, it's been confirmed. It follows a failed attempt by the Welsh Government to push through new rules for council tax benefits schemes which must be approved before January so that local councils can implement them.
The Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler, says her decision to recall the Assembly reflects the sense of urgency and the need to give the regulations full scrutiny. A committee of AMs will examine them next week and provide AMs with a report before they reconvene on the 19th December.
The First Minister says he's reached agreement with Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats ahead of next week's Assembly recall.
The Assembly could be recalled after the Welsh Government failed to push through new council tax benefit rules