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Hain on tax powers: Don't cut Wales off from UK wealth

Plans to allow the devolution of income tax varying powers without a referendum have been criticised by a former Labour Welsh secretary.

Lord Hain said the Conservatives were going back on a manifesto promise to hold a poll on the issue.

The Wales Bill - to be debated in the House of Lords on Monday - would remove the need for a referendum before the power was devolved.

The current Welsh secretary, Alun Cairns, said Lord Hain was an "isolated voice", claiming the Labour party in Wales and at Westminster had accepted the devolution of tax varying powers.

But Lord Hain said the powers should not be forced on Wales without an agreement on a fair share of taxes raised across the UK.

  • 10 Oct 2016
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