The First Minister is to say the Welsh Government should gain increasing power so that all decisions affecting Wales are presumed to be made here. In a speech tonight, Carwyn Jones is due to that say people feel Welsh politicians are closer to them than the UK Government.
– First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM
People in Wales may disagree with the particular policies or actions of the Welsh Government, but they do value having a Welsh Government which is more accountable to them, through their National Assembly, than the Government in London can ever be.
We think that there should be a presumption in favour of devolution, so that Welsh domestic affairs are determined in Cardiff, unless there is a good policy or practical reason why not.
But the First Minister will say that any future transfers should come with 'fair funding' and should be 'phased on a realistic and affordable timescale.' His calls come less than two years after a referendum which gave the Assembly lawmaking powers and ahead of a second Silk Commission report.