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No action, no legislation, no delivery

29/06/2022

Labour’s lack of action is allowing Wales to be left behind according to Plaid Cymru’s leader.  Ieuan Wyn Jones AM says that the failure of Carwyn Jones and Labour to negotiate effectively for benefits for Wales  from Westminster, to outline a programme of government, to begin legislating or to show clear direction was undermining the Welsh government in the eyes of the public and the business community.

 

Mr Jones said that the shape of the devolution settlement is currently being moulded during negotiations between the UK government and the Scottish and Northern Irish governments – yet Wales’ voice was clearly absent from those talks.

 

The Scottish government has called for:

 

  • Borrowing powers – WILL BE DELIVERED THROUGH ENHANCED SCOTLAND BILL
  • Alcohol Excise Duties - UNDER DISCUSSION
  • Corporation tax – UNDER DISCUSSION
  • Crown Estates revenues – UNDER DISCUSSION
  • Further income tax varying powers - WILL BE DELIVERED THROUGH ENHANCED SCOTLAND BILL
  • Bond Issuance - WILL BE DELIVERED THROUGH ENHANCED SCOTLAND BILL

 

The Welsh government has called for:

 

  •       The ‘Barrnett Floor’ – UNDER DISCUSSION
  •       Borrowing powers
  •        Minor taxes – Only if UK government proposes
  •        Corporation tax – Only if UK government proposes

 

Ieuan Wyn Jones AM said:

 

“At present Wales has a government with no will to legislate, no programme for delivery and no clear sense of what it wants to achieve.  Also Labour has been lurching from one U-turn to the next, making decisions based on knee-jerk reactions.  All the while Wales continues to be left lagging behind the rest of the devolved nations in pressing for concessions from the UK government.

 

“Labour claimed this government would be focussed on delivery.  That was the promise they made to the people of Wales during the election.  However we are almost two months into a new Assembly term and there has been no progress on some of the major challenges facing Wales.  People will be wondering what exactly this government is doing?”

 

Jocelyn Davies AM added:

 

“Labour seems stuck between not knowing what they want to do and not knowing how to do it.  There are civil servants being employed to be part of the First Ministers delivery unit who must be sitting at their desks wondering when they will actually be told what to deliver.”