The Welsh Government has responded to the Institute of Welsh Affairs Opinion poll that shows
overwhelming support for the Assembly at least having its present powers but only 40% in favour of devolving income tax, with 43% against.
The opposition parties in Cardiff Bay have called on the First Minister to commit himself to calling a referendum on the issue by 2017 -and to supporting a cross-party campaign for a 'yes' vote.
This poll clearly shows that devolution is the settled will of the people of Wales, and that they support the First Minister’s vision of a strong Wales within a strong United Kingdom.
As far as any referendum on income tax is concerned, that is a matter for the future. The First Minister has made clear that the funding settlement for Wales needs to be reformed to make it fairer, before income tax powers are devolved. For now, the priority is to get the necessary legislation on the statue book so that the people of Wales can have the final say.
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