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Income tax powers 'trap' being laid, Owen Smith MP says

Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith has criticised the income tax powers UK ministers are proposing for Wales.

The Labour MP said the Welsh government had not asked to be able to vary income tax and would not seek that power.

He said allowing Welsh ministers to vary income tax by up to 10 pence in the pound was a "trap" to force them to raise more of the money they spend.

Conservatives said Mr Smith had changed Labour policy as it had previously said the plans were "a good idea for Wales".

BBC Wales' parliamentary correspondent David Cornock reports.

  • 05 Feb 2014
  • From the section Wales
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