Welsh Government dismiss ‘glossy brochure’ produced by UK Government claiming better working relations
The Welsh Government have dismissed the significance of what they called a “glossy brochure” published by the UK Government claiming that they were working well together.
The Tory government’s Intergovernmental Relations Review for 2021, published on Thursday, claimed that the relationship between the UK Government and Welsh and Scottish governments “has been working”.
“No single government has all the good ideas. We need to work together,” it said.
“This is how intergovernmental relations works – and as this annual report shows, it has been working. The report details the unprecedented amount of calls and meetings that have taken place between the governments. And we will go further.”
However, a Welsh Government spokesperson dismissed the impression given by the report, saying: “Intergovernmental relations are based on more than a glossy brochure.
“Deeper and more meaningful engagement is still needed to resolve a series of ongoing issues.”
Scottish Constitution Secretary Angus Robertson also criticised the report, telling the Scottish National newspaper that the review only “describes the UK Government’s view”.
“Simply holding meetings does not constitute quality engagement – meetings need to have substance,” he said.
“Too often our experience is one of being told decisions which affect Scotland are being taken without any meaningful consultation taking place beforehand.”
In his introduction to the report, Levelling Up Minister Michael Gove said they were now “working hand in hand with the devolved governments” on the pandemic.
He said Covid-19 was an “extraordinary logistical triumph as the UK Government bought and shared vaccines across every part of the UK and our respective health services got the needles into arms in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales”.
“A corner was being turned but a lot of hard work still lay ahead.”
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