Later this year, we will be publishing our findings and recommendations on part 1 of our work. We have made no decisions yet, but if we were to recommend that a package of tax powers be devolved to the Welsh Government, there is a case to argue for and against a referendum on the matter.
Some believe that it is the people’s democratic right to decide on important constitutional issues which could affect their daily lives. Some also argue that there is a precedent of for a referendum in Wales on these issues, and the 1997 Scottish referendum on devolution had a separate question asking if a Scottish Parliament should have tax varying powers.
Others however argue that politicians are elected to make these important decisions for us. There is also the view that too many referendums are held in Wales and that the costs involved outweigh the benefits especially if there is a possibility of a low turn out. It could be argued that any change could be given a mandate through inclusion in the manifesto of a party elected to govern at Westminster.
What do you think? Would you be in favour or against a referendum on tax powers?
If you would like to see a referendum, on what taxes would you like to see this be based. Do you think it should be on income tax? On some or all smaller taxes such as stamp duty, Air Passenger Duty, Aggregates Levy etc? Or on all taxes?
We want to hear your views – tell us what you think…