Tomorrow Welsh Liberal Democrats will use their first debate in the new session to call for the creation of an independent commission to investigate how the Assembly Government is funded.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has suggested Wales and Northern Ireland should join forces with his country to lobby the UK government on shared demands.
Assembly Lib-Dem leader Michael German described this as a “sensible approach” and suggested representatives from English regions should also be able to make their voice heard. He is adamant the Barnett Formula, which determines the funding Wales receives from Westminster and has been in place since 1979, should be scrapped and replaced with one that reflects actual need and not just population. However, any such move will require the consent of Westminster and Brussels.
Mr German said, “This is the single most important issue facing Wales in the short term. We could be being short-changed every year, and we urgently need to end this unfairness... I want to build a consensus in Wales, and the other nations and regions of the UK, that we need a change. To do that we have to have the facts – that’s why we need an independent commission to give us those facts.”