St David's Day devolution deal

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have announced a range of new powers for the National Assembly following months of cross-party talks. Ministers say it's a 'landmark moment' for Wales - but the proposals have also come in for criticism.

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First Minister: Devolution deal "rushed and unsatisfactory"

Responding to the St David’s Day announcement, First Minister, Carwyn Jones said Wales was not being treated with the same degree of respect as Scotland.

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The First Minister also said the process had been "rushed and unsatisfactory".

Wales is still not being treated with the same respect as that being afforded to Scotland and this continuing imbalanced approach is damaging to the UK. The proposals only go some of the way to matching Labour’s devolution offer already set out by Ed Miliband, but they fall short in crucial areas - such as on policing. The move towards a funding floor is an important step forward and we have been pushing for this for some time. But we cannot be confident that funding for Wales has been put on a fair and sustainable footing until the detail is agreed at the next Spending Review. This is disappointing and should also be seen in the context of an unprecedented £1.5bn cut to the Welsh budget in this term.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

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