Opposition leader sets out his thoughts on some of the problems thrown up by the debate over changing the way Wales is run
Labour AM Mick Antoniw sets out the case for radical change in the way Wales is run to end the 'dysfunctional' present system.
Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards claims the major dividing line in politics is now between nationalism and unionism
The UK Government says there has been "a really big improvement in performance" from its Work Programme, but Employment Minister Esther McVey will meet her counterpart at the Welsh Government soon, to "ensure jobseekers in Wales have access to the same range of help available to those in England."
– Esther McVey MP, Minister for Employment
There has been a really big improvement in performance from when the Work Programme began in 2011 and we are committed to making sure providers in Wales continue to improve the service they give to jobseekers.
Providers get paid on the results they achieve, so it's in everyone's interest to help as many people into work as possible.
I will soon be meeting with Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology from the Welsh Government - I want us to work together to ensure jobseekers in Wales have access to the same range of help available to those in England.
The Welsh Affairs Committee chair, Monmouth MP David Davies, says a "lack of flexibility" and the creation of "artificial barriers" between different programmes set up to get people into work are to blame for a lack of success.
The key issue here seems to be that there is a lack of flexibility in and between the various programmes set up to get people into work, and that this lack of flexibility appears to be more marked in Wales.
It is obviously a matter of concern to us that the success rates in Wales are the lowest in Great Britain.
The Work programme is designed to help particularly people facing multiple barriers to entering or re-entering the workplace, people who have been already out of work for two years.
– David Davies MP, Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee
The last thing we need in this situation is bureaucracy getting in the way of people simply being able to do what is most effective.
The fact that different programmes are funded differently or run by different organisations should not be "visible" or create barriers at the point of delivery.
The point is to get people in to work, for all the benefits that brings both to them and to the public purse.
That must be the sole focus and these artificial barriers must be removed.
Only one in nine people in Wales who joined the UK Government's Work Programme scheme in its first two years found sustained employment.
- 69,960 people in Wales were referred by Jobcentre Plus onto the Work Programme during its first 25 months
- 7,550 people completed 13 or 26 weeks of sustained employment - the Government's targets
- That is a rate of 10.8 per cent - the lowest in Britain
The UK Government's Work Programme - which aims to help people in long-term unemployment back into work - is least successful in Wales.
That's according to a report by the Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee.
The Department of Work and Pensions say it's committed to making sure providers in Wales continue to improve the service.
The Welsh and UK Governments are at loggerheads over extra funding for Wales. The row centres on whether or not the Welsh Government is getting extra money as a result of the controversial HS2 rail project in England.
The Treasury's been denying that Wales is getting a share of that money. The Welsh Government insists that it has.
VIDEO: Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM
Wales' Finance Minister has called on the UK Government to "clear the political blockages delaying the devolution of vital tax varying and borrowing powers to Wales." She claims it would allow the Welsh Government to move ahead with plans for a relief road around for the M4 at Newport.
Jane Hutt is making the call exactly a year to the day since the Welsh and UK Governments agreed a deal to progress reform to how Wales is funded.
The Welsh Government needs the UK Government to devolve the borrowing and tax varying powers recommended by the Silk Commission before it can progress with major infrastructure improvements, including the South Wales Metro and proposals to build an M4 relief road in Newport.
The UK Government had committed to deliver a response to the Silk Commission's recommendations to part one of their work in the spring but, they've launched a consultation on one recommendation - to devolve stamp duty.
Wales has been left off a list of rural areas where motorists could benefit from a 5p-per-litre fuel duty cut.
The UK Government has applied to the European Commission to vary the duty rates in seven Scottish and three English towns.
It wants to extend a scheme which currently operates for the Scottish islands, and the Isles of Scilly.
The idea is to reduce prices in rural areas, where they are typically higher because of the costs of transporting fuel.
Petrol stations in the remote areas selected would have to register with HM Revenue & Customs to claim 5p per litre relief on unleaded petrol and diesel, a saving which they then have to pass on to customers.
It could increase the number of people across the UK benefiting from the scheme to 120,000.
Four Welsh counties - Anglesey, Gwynedd, Powys and Monmouthshire - were originally considered for the scheme - but none have been included on the Government's submission.
Welsh Secretary David Jones has tweeted that a member of the Welsh Language Commissioner's team will be seconded to the Wales Office in London.
Pleased to confirm @walesoffice taking a secondee from Welsh Language Commissioner to help develop best practice in Whitehall
The Welsh Secretary says the move is designed 'to ensure the UK Government provides high quality services in the Welsh language where there's demand.'
No appointment has been made yet but the Commissioner, Meri Huws says that the official 'will work closely with (Whitehall) departments to ensure they develop their Welsh language services in line with the relevant statutory framework for the Welsh language for the benefit of the people of Wales.'
Pontypridd MP Owen Smith has just issued his reaction to Ed Miliband's reshuffle. Mr Smith remains in the rôle of Shadow Welsh Secretary.
I’m delighted to be continuing as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales in Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet, and will be continuing to hold David Jones to account for his failure to stand up for Wales around the Cabinet table. People in Wales have been hit even harder than those in the rest of the UK by this Tory-led Government’s failed economic strategy, with wages down £1700 on average, energy bills up £300 and 40,000 families hit by the hated bedroom tax.
– Owen Smith MP, Shadow Welsh Secretary
In Ed Miliband we have a strong and determined leader who is taking the fight to David Cameron and his out-of-touch Government. Ed has put together a formidable team and in the remaining 20 months before the General Election we’ll be relentless in our efforts to expose the failure of the Tory-led Government to tackle the cost of living crisis and to offer hope to the British people that there is an alternative.
Caerphilly MP Wayne David has been tweeting his reaction to being appointed PPS to the Labour leader, Ed Miliband.
Delighted to be PPS to @ed_miliband and doing everything possible to secure the election of a Labour govt.