Welsh Labour has hitherto refused to accept income tax devolution, arguing accepting such responsibilities would be economically detrimental to Wales without a reform of the Barnett funding formula. Recent comments made by Owen Smith, Shadow Secretary of Wales, however, leaves little doubt about the overall attitude of Welsh Labour to the first report of the Silk Commission and fiscal accountability: they don’t want […]
Last Friday, the government held a press conference responding to the Silk Commission’s recommendations for devolution in Wales. When one strips back the political drama of the unexpected announcement and the rhetoric of goodwill and support for fiscal accountability expressed by the UK government, it is difficult to find much evidence of a significant move to Welsh fiscal accountability, writes […]
The Commission on Devolution in Wales: Considering what, if any, the next steps in Wales’ journey of devolution should be
In 2010 the coalition government established the Commission on Devolution in Wales, tasked with considering Wales’ constitutional arrangements. Paul Silk, Chair of the Commission, describes its recommendation for a degree of self-financing for the National Assembly. In the second part of their work, due out in Spring of 2014, the Commission is examining the powers of the Assembly more generally, with a view […]
The possibility of significant tax devolution to the Welsh National Assembly appears to be an increasingly remote prospect. Adam Evans argues that Financial Competence Orders, a system for devolving taxation, should become the focus for Welsh devolutionists. If time flies by when you’re having fun, the Wales Office must be in an almost catatonic state of puritanical despondency since the publication of the first […]
Welsh devolution: Bringing decision-making closer to the people in a way that recognises the realities of the modern world
Wayne David MP argues for extending Welsh devolution. This would strengthen the UK rather than weakening it by bringing decision-making closer to the people and ensuring that there are flexible structures of government in place which reflect people’s sense of identity. Until recently, the United Kingdom has been one of the most centralised states in the industrial world. Under the last […]
After disappointing results in the 2011 Welsh Election, Plaid Cymru launched an internal review to reflect on their current situation and shape future strategy. Craig McAngus offers an analysis of the resulting report, Moving Forward, as well as its implications for the internal politics of the party and the Welsh political scene more broadly. Plaid Cymru entered government for the first time in 2007, forming […]
More than 1 in 3 Welsh graduates leave Wales to work. The importance of universities is massively increased if graduates stay in the area.
Internal migration in Britain is typically dominated by the young, highly educated, start-of-career or early career professionals. Cities and regions are increasingly interested in retaining their most highly qualified graduates to boost invention, innovation and ultimately productivity. Tim Leunig analyses the unusual case of Welsh universities, which attract a surplus of students yet fail to retains graduates, and what this […]
Unlike the Scots and the Welsh, Londoners seem content with limited devolution and weak mayoral powers- at least, for now.
2012 is set to be a big year for London, with the upcoming London Mayoral elections and Olympic Games. Ahead of the first London Policy Conference next week, Guy Lodge finds that, unusually for a devolved region, neither the Mayoral candidates nor the public are seeking further devolved powers. This week Ken Livingstone tried to regain the initiative in the […]