REGENERATION NEWS: Expert details disadvantage of devolution

A weak devolution settlement has left Wales at a disadvantage in dealing with the loss of manufacturing jobs, a leading academic claimed this week.

The problem is also likely to spread to devolved English regions, warns Phil Cooke, director of the centre for advanced studies at Cardiff University, in a book published by the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA).

Cooke insists that the principality is at a competitive disadvantage compared with Scotland. "Scotland's stronger settlement and its more autonomous parliament give its functionaries a greater level of confidence," he argues.

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