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Silk Commission can bring more accountability and responsibility to the Welsh Government – Kirsty Williams

October 12, 2011 3:50 PM

Commenting on the announcement of a commission into how the Welsh government is funded, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"Liberal Democrats have consistently supported greater financial powers and it is a credit to the Coalition Government that this announcement has been made after over a decade of Labour inaction.

"Wales' devolution package is missing a critical element. Unlike most families and businesses, the Welsh government has the luxury of spending money handed out by others. Uniquely, Wales has no power to borrow or raise money. This lack of accountability for how money is raised breeds and irresponsibility about how money is spent.

"The process announced today cannot be about Wales whingeing for others to deliver. It is about building a persuasive case with maximum support across Wales that demands the respect of politicians in Westminster.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats will engage fully and constructively in this process. At every stage we will be pressing to bring more accountability and responsibility to the Welsh Government and to give Wales further powers to drive forward Wales' economic development, creating jobs and prosperity for people in Wales."