AM Says No to Unfettered Assembly Income Tax

Local Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay has reaffirmed his opposition to the Welsh Government being given unfettered control over income tax in Wales.

Mr Ramsay has backed the UK Coalition Government’s proposals for a “lockstep” mechanism which would prevent the Assembly being able to hike individual bands of tax.

Mr Ramsay was removed from his frontbench spokesperson’s role of Business and Enterprise because of the stance he has taken.

Mr Ramsay said:

“I fully support the UK Coalition Government’s draft proposal to limit any income tax powers given to the Assembly.

“To me this is simply common sense. I know the “lockstep” mechanism is probably not the easiest thing to explain, but it basically means the Welsh Government will not have free reign over income tax in Wales. This can only be a good thing.

“Tax was always going to be a big issue for the Assembly, and it has to be got right. I was elected to do what I think is best for the people of Monmouthshire, and I can assure my constituents I will continue to do exactly that.”

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