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.
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. Read more
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. Read more
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 central or local government. This includes all levels of government administration, publicly-funded health and social care, social security, education, defence and policing. Wales has historically Read more
As the Scottish Government prepares for the devolution of eleven welfare benefits to Holyrood, Cian Sion and Guto Ifan from the Wales Fiscal Analysis team explore the fiscal implications of devolving similar powers to Wales. Read more
Amidst the political drama of crucial Brexit votes this week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Spring Statement on the UK’s economy and public finances. This blog post looks at what the Spring Statement and forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) can tell us about future Welsh budgets and Welsh public services. Read more
At last year’s Autumn Budget, the UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, asserted with confidence that “austerity is finally coming to an end”. His claim is unlikely to resonate within the halls of local government in Wales. Despite nearly a decade of sustained budget cuts, the outlook for local government finance suggests that tough choices and trade-offs are here to stay. Read more
As local authorities across Wales prepare to publish their budgets for 2019-20, expect to see a significant rise in Council Tax, with councils increasingly relying on locally-sourced revenue to partially offset cuts to their funding and to meet increasing demand pressures. Read more