Wales politics

Wales income tax referendum backed in poll

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Image caption Wales has been offered some power over income tax rates subject to approval in a referendum

Most people in Wales want a referendum on power over income tax rates, a poll by Edinburgh University has suggested.

It found that 64% of those questioned backed a referendum with 36% against.

Excluding the 26% who said they would not vote or did not say how they would vote, more than half of the rest - 56% - said they would vote yes to the idea.

The Labour Welsh government has said it will not hold a referendum as outlined in the Wales Act unless the UK Treasury agrees to "fair funding" for Wales.

Around 30% of Tory supporters said they would vote yes in a tax referendum compared to 90% of Plaid Cymru voters.

On the range of powers devolved to Wales, the poll found people split between 42% who wanted the assembly to have the same powers as the Scottish Parliament, with 43% saying devolved powers should match the circumstances of each country.

The survey by The Academy of Government at Edinburgh University included 1,211 Welsh responses.

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