After David Cameron told ITV News that the Welsh Government should have tax raising powers, the details have been published
'The Tipping Point' report by disability coalition The Hardest Hit says proposed cuts will mean further hardship and isolation for many.
David Jones will tell the Conservative conference that the UK Government and the Welsh Government 'are not in competition with each other.'
David Cameron said the new budget agreed by European Union leaders was "a good deal for Britain".
"The best way to protect the British taxpayer is to get overall spending down, which we've done. Our contributions were always going to go up, now they'll go up by less," said the Prime Minister.
"I think the British public can be proud that we have cut the seven-year credit card limit for the European Union for the first time ever."
MPs have voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill with a majority of 225.
The second reading vote received 400 Ayes to the right against 175 Noes to the left.
The Commons has now cleared for the second time as MPs return to the lobby to vote on the timetable of the motion - setting out how the Bill will proceed through the House.
The Prime Minister has said that the European Union's cohesion and structural funds, which aid west Wales and the Valleys, need to be cut. David Cameron was answering questions in the Commons about EU leaders' failure to agree a new budget last week.
– Plaid Cymru Parliamentary leader Elfyn Llwyd MP
I am concerned that the Prime Minister says that there are savings to be made in cohesion and structural funds. He is aware that many areas of the UK, such as west Wales and the Valleys, enjoy receiving such payments. Is he saying that he can foresee a cut in that support?
– Prime Minister David Cameron MP
There is a need for cuts in the overall cohesion and structural funds budget of the European Union. We should be frank and honest as a country in saying that, although there are regions of the UK that still benefit and should go on benefiting from structural funds, such funds should, on the whole, be for the poorest regions of the poorest countries. Britain’s negotiating position is different from that of many countries in that we do not go to Brussels and simply defend every penny that we receive; we try to seek an outcome that is right for the whole European Union.
When west Wales and the Valleys got aid from the 2000-06 EU budget, it was thought it would be a one-off. But the current budget, covering 2007-13, includes1.2 billion Euros for the region. In 2014-20, the European Commission expects Wales to concentrate on advanced manufacturing and research.
There will also be help with improving transport links but the overall amount of money will depend of the size of the budget for the next seven years. The Commission insists that the aid must come from the European Union and that the UK Government should not run Britain's regional aid programme.
The First Minister says he supports the inquiry that the Prime Minister has announced into whether child abuse allegations about children in care in north Wales were properly investigated. Carwyn Jones says it is 'entirely appropriate' that the inquiry is carried out at a UK level.
Serious allegations about child abuse in North Wales during the 1970s and 80s have been made in the media over the weekend, and calls have been made for a fresh inquiry. The Welsh Government takes these allegations very seriously. In the first instance, victims of abuse who feel that the abuse they suffered was not investigated properly should report their cases to the police. My officials have been in touch with North Wales Police to ensure they are aware of and considering these further allegations.
The report of the extensive judicial inquiry chaired by Sir Ronald Waterhouse into child abuse in North Wales – entitled “Lost in Care” often known as the Waterhouse Report - was published in 2000. It was commissioned (before devolution began) by the then Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt. Hon. William Hague, and reported to the Rt. Hon. Paul Murphy, as Secretary of State, in 2000. It made extensive recommendations for improving child protection, many of which were subsequently implemented by the Welsh Government.
– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM
The Prime Minister has announced an inquiry to examine the extent to which the Waterhouse Report did what it was supposed to do. Given that Waterhouse was commissioned by the UK Government and reported to the UK Government, and that lines of enquiry cover non-devolved as well as devolved issues, this action seems entirely appropriate. I have asked for urgent advice on what was included in the terms of reference of the Waterhouse Inquiry. In due course that will enable me to consider, alongside any other relevant information, any action that might be necessary by the Welsh Government.
Andrew Kaye is one of the authors of 'The Tipping Point' report into how proposed welfare reforms could affect disabled people.
He says he acknowledges that changes must be made to help the economy, but believes those changes should not be aimed at 'those hardest hit'.
The UK Government says the reforms will mean money is better spent on supporting disabled people.
Welsh singer Charlotte Church has put her name to an open letter asking for reassurance that the Prime Minister will consider the outcome of the Leveson inquiry into phone-hacking with an open mind.
David Cameron has reportedly resisted pressure to commit himself in advance to implementing the recommendations of Lord Justice Leveson's upcoming report, saying he will wait to see what it contains.
Other phone-hacking victims including Hugh Grant and Jude Law are understood to have put their names to the letter.
There was one bit of political gossip the First Minister was keen to stamp out during his London visit: the suggestion that he might be being lined up for a Westminster role. In the New Statesman a couple of weeks ago, Kevin Maguire wrote:
Carwyn Jones, the rugby-playing First Minister of Wales, is to play a bigger role in British politics. Ed Miliband’s office recognizes that the leader of the only bit of the land under Labour rule is a reminder that the party is down but not entirely out. Some in the Labour leader’s circle would like Jones the Job in the House of Commons. The man himself, however, has other ideas and prefers to govern from Cardiff.
Which is exactly what Carwyn Jones said when the Western Mail's David Williamson and I asked him about the rumours during a conversation at the Welsh Government's London office. He laughed off the suggestion that he would even consider swapping the Assembly for Parliament:
I see being First Minister of Wales as a great honour. I certainly don't see it as a stepping stone.