Devolution bill to create “strong and mature” Welsh Assembly

7 Jun 16

A refreshed Wales Bill will transform the Welsh Assembly into a “strong and mature” devolved Parliament, Welsh secretary Alun Cairns has said.

The Bill, which was introduced into the Westminster Parliament today, puts the Welsh Assembly on a permanent footing and reduces the number of areas where the UK government retains control, including speed limits, ports and the running of local elections.

In addition, the Bill enables the Assembly to vary an element of income tax and confirms in statute the existence of a body of Welsh law made in Cardiff.

Cairns said: ‘Wales is an outward-looking nation that is already punching above its weight on the world stage.

‘With its distinct heritage and proud radical traditions, Wales is firmly on the path towards securing a strong and mature devolved Parliament. Today’s Bill is the next stage on that journey.’

The bill comes after chancellor George Osborne announced last year that the Welsh Government is to be given a 115% funding guarantee alongside powers to introduce income tax.

 

  • Vivienne Russell

    Vivienne Russell is managing editor of Public Finance magazine and publicfinance.co.uk

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