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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.

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Subscribers' Magazine

Exchange – Issue 8

Looking to the Local The latest edition of our exclusive subscribers’ magazine considers the role of ‘the local’ in Welsh public policy. An eclectic mix of contributors look at how place-based initiatives have worked in Wales, as well as what should be Read more »

Exchange – Issue 7

‘Resilient communities’ is a phrase that’s been hard to avoid in recent months and is central to the discussions about the future of Communities First.  Great though it sounds, it is much less clear what resilience means or how it Read more »

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Taking the Valleys Forward

Taking the Valleys Forward: how the Valleys Taskforce can build prosperity and security This short paper brings together some of the Bevan Foundation’s recent work on the economy and labour market into a set of proposals for that would help Read more »

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