Wales tax powers speculation

The Welsh Secretary dampens speculation that an announcement on transferring borrowing and some tax powers to Wales is imminent

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Business backing for Stamp Duty devolution

The Welsh arms of both the Federation of Master Builders and the Confederation of British Industry have said that they will support the devoltion of Stamp Duty to the Welsh Government when the UK Government consults on the idea.

We welcome the Treasury’s intention to seek the views of business on this matter and therefore will make our policy clear. We urge UK Ministers to respond positively to the recommendation to devolve Stamp Duty made by the Silk Commission. Our view is that Stamp Duty Land Tax should be devolved to the Welsh Government as a matter of urgency. The Welsh housing industry is in a poor state of health and Stamp Duty could be used to creatively to support the sector, and to offset the accumulated costs of development, which are set to rise.

– Federation of Master Builders Cymru Director Richard Jenkins

The views of the CBI are very clear in supporting the devolution of stamp duty. If used effectively, devolving and reforming stamp duty could be used as a tool for growth, stimulating housebuilding and supporting home buyers. We will engage with the Treasury over the summer and make the views of business known. The lack of certainty and clarity on a deadline for Silk is not helping business - both those in Wales and those looking to invest. CBI will continue to engage with all parties for a swift resolution, in the interests of driving forward the economy - and growth.

– CBI Wales Director Emma Watkins


"A great step forward" to Welsh tax powers says Finance Minister

Welsh Finance Minister Jane Hutt says she's putting her "trust and confidence" in today's statement from the Treasury that the UK Government will devolve tax-raising and borrowing powers to the Welsh Government.

It's a great step forward, it is a recognition and as Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary [to the Treasury] said, the final step to enable us to get those economic and financial levers to help us boost our economy. Today it is clear that the UK Government and the Treasury in particular wants to devolve this. Let's get over this little step in terms of consultation and then let's get the announcement.

– Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM

Ms Hutt said she was sure that the consultation on whether to devolve Stamp Duty, which is levied on property sales, would lead to that tax being included.

We have already consulted on stamp on Stamp Duty ... [the housebuilders] were up for both -devolve and reform Stamp Duty.

Consultation is a 'cynical' delaying move - Plaid

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.

– Jonathan Edwards MP, Plaid Cymru

No need for more stamp duty consultation says minister

Finance Minister Jane Hutt has issued this statement following the news that the UK Government will consult businesses on the likely effects of transferring stamp duty to the Welsh Government.

The recognition that the Welsh Government should have early access to borrowing powers for the M4 is welcome news, however we are impatient for a full response to Silk which was first due in the Spring.

As a result of our negotiations I fully expect any issues to be resolved in September which is crucial if we are to meet the timetable for draft legislation to be published in the Autumn.

The issue of stamp duty has been looked at exhaustively. The Holtham Commission, Silk Commission and Calman Commission have all recommended its devolution.

The Welsh Government held an event with the construction industry and business leaders earlier this year to gain their views and there was a clear sense of agreement that stamp duty should be devolved and reformed.

We need taxes such as stamp duty devolved so we can boost house building, create jobs, backing the Welsh economy and continue to deliver our priorities for Wales.

We now expect the UK Government to deliver on Silk, for Wales. We believe rapid progress on this issue would provide a genuine ‘win win’ for both the UK Government, Welsh Government and crucially the people of Wales.

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister


Stamp duty change would affect UK says Welsh Secretary

The recommendations made by the Silk Commission in Part I of its work have extensive implications not only for Wales, but for the whole of the UK, so it is essential that we give full consideration to all of its implications.

All interested parties should take this opportunity to express their views in this short consultation on the potential consequences of devolving SDLT, to help fully inform the Government's response to the Commission's first report.

– David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales

UK Government confirms stamp duty consultation

The Treasury has confirmed that it will consult businesses over the potential impact of transferring responsibility for stamp duty to the Welsh Government. It's one of the recommendations of the Silk Commission.

A full response from the UK Government to the Silk recommendations had been due this spring but has been delayed until the autumn. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said the consultation will lead directly to that announcement.

This is an important final step to enable us to respond to the Silk Commission’s recommendations. There is a very strong case for devolving fiscal and economic levers to the Welsh Government, but it is right that we fully understand the potential impacts so that we can ensure that the decisions we take are right for Wales and for the UK as a whole.

– Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Shadow Welsh Secretary slams further tax delays

Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith has taken to twitter to criticise an expected announcement by the UK Government which it's thought will launch a consultation into plans to transfer power over stamp duty to Wales.

Should stamp duty be transferred to Wales asks UK Government

The Chancellor is expected to announce that he'll ask businesses their views on transferring power over stamp duty to Wales. The transfer is one of the recommendations of the Silk Commission but the UK Government's response to its report has been delayed until the autumn.

It's thought part of the reason for the delay is a difference of views within the coalition government about the effect on the housing market of devolving stamp duty. A written ministerial statement from the Chancellor later is expected to launch a consultation ahead of the full response to Silk.

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