'Tax altering powers would make the Welsh Government more accountable to the people of Wales' - Kirsty Williams

July 16, 2012 1:10 PM

A poll conducted for the Silk Commission has revealed that two-thirds of people in Wales think the amount of income tax they pay should be decided in Wales. A total of 64% of people questioned said powers to set income tax should be devolved to the Welsh government.

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, commented:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats welcome the poll's findings that the majority of people in Wales believe that income tax should be devolved to the Welsh government. The poll very much rings true with the Welsh liberal Democrat's philosophy and is something that is very close to our submission to the Silk Commission.

"We believe that tax altering powers would make the Welsh government more accountable to the people of Wales and encourages the Welsh government to pursue better politics for growth. This will lead to a better functioning, more effectively run Wales. It will strengthen Wales and help make a real difference to the lives of people across the country."

Welsh Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness (Jenny) Randerson, will be leading a debate in the House of Lords on the Silk Commission this Thursday.

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