Wales tax devolution plans attracts criticism

Lord Peter Hain, the former secretary of state for Wales, has said the plans to allow the devolution of income tax without a referendum is folly.

The proposals were included in the Wales Bill and were due to be debated in the House of Lords, but have since been removed.

Haines questioned why the current Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, who had initially supported the referendum, had changed his mind.

He said: “Could it be that he wishes to ram through income tax devolution without addressing irrefutable evidence that the Barnett formula has short-changed Wales in contrast to Scotland?

"Without a new 'Barnett floor', as First Minister Carwyn Jones has insisted, it would be pure folly for Wales to have income tax devolved."

Meanwhile, Baroness Jenny Randerson, the previous Welsh Minister of Office, has commented: "The Wales Bill was started during the pro-devolution coalition government in 2015 which I was part of.

"We now have a centralising Theresa May government and the long list of exceptions [powers that will not be devolved] will mean we still have a complex settlement."

A spokesman for the Welsh government has argued that the government had answered the call from Wales to provide a funding floor to guarantee a level of public spending.

He maintained that the deal was right for Wales and the UK and wanted to see the Welsh government use its powers to deliver ‘improved productivity and greater growth.’

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