The First Minister asks each of the three opposition leaders for talks over plans to cut the number of Welsh councils
The Welsh Government will get its spending plans passed with the help of opposition parties whose criticism is increasing
Plaid Cymru calls for a wide range of powers, including policing and criminal justice, to be devolved as soon as possible
Paul Silk, who chairs the Commission on Devolution in Wales, described the poll results as a 'real insight' but said he's aware of opposing views and urged as many people as possible to express those views before 27th December, the deadline for evidence.
These results ... provide a real insight into the public’s views on the current powers of the National Assembly for Wales. The results are generally consistent with trends identified in other surveys, but whilst they show a continued growth in support for the National Assembly as an institution and for it to have further powers, we need to mindful that the people of Wales have differing views.
– Paul Silk, Chair of the Commission on Devolution in Wales
We still want to hear as many views as possible, whatever they may be - we are still firmly in listening mode. We are taking evidence up until 27 September so please get involved, share your views and help us shape Wales’s future.
Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards has welcomed the Silk Commission opinion poll finding, saying that they provide a 'clear road map' for further devolution of power to the Assembly.
The research shows that the people of Wales have far more faith in the National Assembly than the UK parliament and that an overwhelming majority want to see further powers devolved to Wales.
The results mirror the historic referendum victory of 2011.
A clear majority support the devolution of energy policy, policing and broadcasting. This provides a clear road map of the powers that should be devolved to Wales.
– Jonathan Edwards MP, Plaid Cymru
All of these were in Plaid Cymru's submission to the Silk Commission as we continue to lead the debate on the political future of our country. The London parties are way behind the curve of public opinion in Wales. The UK government should bring forward a new Government of Wales Act during this parliament to enact the findings of its own Silk Commission.
People in Pontypridd asked by ITV Cymru Wales for their views on the question of transferring more power to the Assembly had very strong views - on both sides of the debate.
A Welsh Labour spokesperson has responded to the poll carried out for the Silk Commission on devolution in Wales:
This poll is a welcome endorsement of Welsh devolution and highlights public support for taking the Silk recommendations forward. Hopefully this will prove to be a catalyst for the Tories and Lib Dems, who have continued to drag their feet on Silk, showing utter contempt for the people of Wales.
Whilst support for the devolution of further powers to the National Assembly for Wales continues to grow, support for independence remains stagnant at a paltry 9%. Many people in Plaid and beyond will be questioning their relevance.
Professor Noel Lloyd, a member of the Silk Commission, says that even though this opinion poll shows clear support, it won't forget that there are many 'shades of opinion' on devolution.
Most people backed the Assembly retaining the powers it has in six key areas: tourism, agriculture, housing, roads, education and health. But a significant minority want to see responsibility for health and education returned to London.
20% said education should be the responsibility of the UK Parliament and Government and 27% said the NHS should be administered from London. The survey points out that these are two areas which received most media coverage.
The poll for the Silk Commission also finds that people living here in Wales are more likely to trust the Assembly to act in the best interests of Wales than they are the UK Parliament. These are the results for the Assembly:
- 29% - Trust it a great deal
- 50% - Trust it to some extent
- 13% - Don't trust it that much
- 7% - Don't trust it at all
In contrast, just 37% of respondents said they trusted the UK Parliament to act in the best interests of Wales. These are the results:
- 3% - Trust it a great deal
- 34% -Trust it to some extent
- 39% - Don't trust it that much
- 29% - Don't trust it at all
A majority of people support an increase in the powers of the Welsh Assembly, an opinion poll has found. The survey was carried out by Beaufort Research for the Silk Commission on further devolution.
62% of those questioned said they'd want to see more power and responsibility transferred to the Assembly. That figure brings together those who want more devolution (53%) and those (9%) who want independence.
- 53% want to see more the Assembly given enhanced powers
- 9% think Wales should be independent
- 3% believe the Assembly should have fewer powers
- 9% want to see it abolished
Proposals to tackle truancy by fining parents should be dropped, according to assembly members.
The Welsh government plans on introducing fixed penalty notices of £120 next month to parents whose children play truant.
The Children's Committee of the National Assembly that makes laws for Wales, found no evidence in a report that fines are an effective way to tackle regular truancy and are suggesting more 'positive alternatives'.
The Welsh government says fines would be just one of the tools available to councils to tackle absenteeism.
I understand the Assembly's Standards Commissioner will ask the independent body which sets salaries and allowances for AMs to look at where and when the line is drawn between Assembly duties and members' private lives.
In rejecting the complaint against Bethan Jenkins, Gerard Elias QC, said there may still need to be 'greater clarity both for the public and for Assembly Members' about what constitutes 'performance of their role.'
I gather he's proposing 'to write informally' to Sir George Reid, who chairs the independent Remuneration Board 'to consider this issue of interpretation further.'