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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 […]

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.

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 […]

Devolving Welfare: How well would Wales fare?

Devolving Welfare: How well would Wales fare?

Posted on 12 April 2019 by Cian Sion

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.

Another small step out of austerity – before a giant leap into the unknown

Another small step out of austerity – before a giant leap into the unknown

Posted on 15 March 2019 by Cian Sion

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.

Not so fast – for Welsh local authorities, austerity won’t be “coming to an end” any time soon

Not so fast – for Welsh local authorities, austerity won’t be “coming to an end” any time soon

Posted on 18 February 2019 by Cian Sion

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.