Plaid Cymru's Treasury Spokesman Jonathan Edwards says the consultation on stamp duty will 'only cause further delay and .. may be seen as a cynical move to halt the transfer of power.'
When looking at best practice of decentralising taxation around the world, property taxation is seen as one of the most appropriate taxes to devolve. The Secretary of State’s anxiety flies in the face of global evidence.
It’s important to note that the Silk Commission had consulted widely in coming up with these recommendations, why is the UK Government second-guessing the careful work of the Commission?
It’s obvious that all three London parties are deeply split on the issue of financial powers for Wales, and the dithering of the Labour Government over whether it wants the full Silk package or only part of it hasn’t helped matters.
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