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Government & Devolution

Wales’s devolution settlement and governance is ‘complex’ and a ‘messy compromise’, the result of two referendums and three Acts of Parliament in just 17 years.


Why it matters

Uncertainty about the Welsh Government’s powers, their interplay with UK functions in Wales and an unfair funding settlement mean that Wales’s governance is not always easily understood by the public and can be hard for reformers to navigate and change.

We are developing proposals to develop new ideas about Wales’s governance.

What we are doing

Our key current project is:

Tax for Good

The Wales Act 2014 gives the National Assembly for Wales one of its potentially most important powers to date – the ability to introduce new, devolved taxes.

This project , funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, will develop proposals for new taxes which could change the behaviour of businesses, organisations and individuals, and help to create a fairer, more prosperous and sustainable Wales.

To contribute your ideas, thoughts or comments please email [email protected] putting DEVOLVED TAX in the subject line.


In Print

Exchange Magazine »

Exchange 17: Autumn 2020

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! This bumper issue reflects on the impact of Coronavirus on Wales’ economy and society, and highlights some ways forward to recover, renew and reset Wales in its aftermath. This issue includes articles by: Darren […] »

Events »

Friday Connect: February 2021

We warmly invite you to our new, informal discussions – Friday Connect Many of us feel we have too many online meetings, but they can also be a great way of connecting with others especially when we can’t meet in […] »