Wales politics

No more 'sticking plaster' devolution, says Carwyn Jones

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First Minister Carwyn Jones has said further devolution in the UK cannot be fixed with a "sticking plaster".

He told AMs it was "time to put the constitution on a coherent footing".

He repeated his call for the removal of the proposed lockstep rule, limiting income tax powers which could be devolved to Wales after a referendum.

Mr Jones also called for the devolution of powers recommended in the second report of the Silk Commission, which includes responsibility for policing.

Under the lockstep rule, which is widely expected to be dropped by UK ministers, all income tax bands would have to change by the same amount.

It would mean that a future Welsh government wanting to raise the top rate of income tax by 2% would have to raise the basic rate and lower rates by 2% as well, limiting any scope for redistribution of wealth from rich to poor.

'Second rate'

Making a statement on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum, Mr Jones said the UK "must move on from sticking plaster solutions" to devolution.

"That's been the problem for the past 15 years - it hasn't been done properly," he said.

"This has to be done over time. It can't be done overnight."

He called for "no more knee-jerk reactions" and "no more examples of vows given in haste to Scotland".

Earlier, Plaid Cymru called for Wales to be treated equally with Scotland when new powers were being devolved to the two nations.

Party leader Leanne Wood said it was "unthinkable" for MPs to vote to give Scots "substantial" new powers while people in Wales had to settle for a "second rate" deal.

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