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Cian Sion

Cian Sion

Ymunodd Cian â Chanolfan Llywodraethiant Cymru yn Nhachwedd 2018, i wenud gwaith ymchwil ym meysydd cyllid cyhoeddus, trethi datganoledig a gwariant cyhoeddus yng Nghymru fel rhan o brosiect newydd y ganolfan, Dadansoddi Cyllid Cymru. Cyn ymuno â'r ganolfan, astudiodd Athroniaeth, Gwleidyddiaeth ac Economeg ym Mhrifysgol Warwick a bu iddo gwblhau gradd feistr mewn Athroniaeth Foesol, Wleidyddol a Chyfriethiol ym Mhrifysgol St Andrews. *** Cian joined the Wales Governance Centre in November 2018, to conduct research into public finances, devolved taxes and Welsh public expenditure as part of the centre's newly established Wales Fiscal Analysis programme. Prior to joining the centre, he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick and also completed a masters degree in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy at the University of St Andrews.

Latest posts

The price is (not) right: surveying the Welsh house price boom

The price is (not) right: surveying the Welsh house price boom

Posted on 1 July 2021 by Cian Sion

Today marks the end of the Land Transaction Tax (LTT) holiday in Wales. Property purchases over £180,000 will no longer qualify for the temporary tax relief worth up to £2,450. […]

Local government finance: the state of play in 2021−22

Local government finance: the state of play in 2021−22

Posted on 10 March 2021 by Cian Sion

This blog post sets the scene for local government as we enter a new financial year and the second year in the shadow of COVID-19.

In Charts: Covid-19 and the Welsh labour market

In Charts: Covid-19 and the Welsh labour market

Posted on 16 November 2020 by Cian Sion

Following the release of new labour market data last week, Jesús Rodríguez and Cian Siôn walk us through what this tells us about the pandemic’s impact on the Welsh workforce and job market.

Now the clapping has stopped: it’s time for a new pay settlement for care workers

Now the clapping has stopped: it’s time for a new pay settlement for care workers

Posted on 13 August 2020 by Cian Sion

This Thursday marks 11 weeks since people across the UK last broke out into applause for key workers. It would be easy to dismiss this weekly display of appreciation as […]

Covid-19 and the Welsh economy – what the latest indicators tell us

Covid-19 and the Welsh economy – what the latest indicators tell us

Posted on 22 June 2020 by Cian Sion

This blog post sets out what we know so far about the impact of Covid-19 on business, the labour market, and the Welsh economy, as Welsh Government lockdown restrictions are slowly eased.

The self-employed workforce in Wales

The self-employed workforce in Wales

Posted on 26 March 2020 by Cian Sion

As the UK Chancellor prepares to announce a package of support for self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, this short blog posts sets out key facts about the self-employed workforce in Wales.

Part 1: The ‘fiscal gap’ and the Welsh economy

Part 1: The ‘fiscal gap’ and the Welsh economy

Posted on 7 March 2020 by Cian Sion

In Part 1 of this three-part series, the Wales Fiscal Analysis team present the latest estimate of the fiscal deficit and reveal what this says about the nature of the Welsh economy as part of the UK.

What do the latest population projections tell us about Wales?

What do the latest population projections tell us about Wales?

Posted on 30 October 2019 by Cian Sion

The Wales Fiscal Analysis team share insights from the latest population projections and reveal that Wales may be on the verge of its first period of sustained population decline in nearly a century.

Devolved taxes, the Welsh budget and a no-deal Brexit

Devolved taxes, the Welsh budget and a no-deal Brexit

Posted on 25 September 2019 by Cian Sion

A no-deal Brexit would affect the Welsh budget in various ways, likely reducing future growth in spending and creating extra pressures on the spending side of the budget. In this blog post, the Wales Fiscal Analysis team explore another channel through which the Welsh budget may be affected by a no-deal Brexit – through the effect on devolved tax revenues.

The public sector pay bill in Wales

The public sector pay bill in Wales

Posted on 24 June 2019 by Cian Sion

The public sector in Wales When economists and politicians talk about the public sector, they are referring to the part of the economy that is owned, funded or run by […]