A survey reveals 64% in favour of tax varying powers. You say…
A recent opinion poll commissioned by the BBC found that of the 1,000 Welsh residents asked, 64 percent were in favour of the Welsh Government having powers to vary taxes in Wales. A summary of the results are available from the BBC news page. This is one of the main areas that the Commission are looking at.
But this was only one poll result and we want to hear your views.
Let’s have a look at some of the arguments for and against……
Those against the devolution of tax powers to the Welsh Government argue that decisions over taxation and spending should be decided by the UK Government and that the potential of having different tax rates in Wales than in England would cause problems for business and individuals alike.
Those in favour argue that the devolution of tax powers would mean that the Welsh Government could offer voters in Wales the choice between different levels of taxation and spending. If the people of Wales wanted more spent on public services in Wales and were happy to pay more in tax to fund higher spending or preferred lower taxes but less spent on public services then the devolution of powers could enable those choices to be offered, thus improving the financial accountability of the Welsh Government.
So, what do you think?
If you agree with the 64 percent in the opinion poll that think tax powers should be devolved to Wales, do you think powers over all taxes should be devolved or just some? If some, which ones and why?
If you don’t share the opinions of those 64 percent in the survey then tell us. Why don’t you think that powers over taxes should be devolved to Wales?
Have your say.