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Press Release - Experts Raise Concerns over “Confusing” Settlement

Constitutional experts have raised concerns over the division of responsibilities between the UK and Scottish Governments, following the publication of draft legislation on greater devolution to Scotland. Academics have suggested that the draft legislation raises more questions than it answers in several areas.

The most evident of these areas of confusion is the concept of ‘no detriment’, the notion that the actions of one government should not harm another.

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Scotland in the United Kingdom: An enduring settlement - released today

Today sees the announcement of the draft legislative clauses, widely trailed in the media, resulting from the Smitth Commission. We should know the details of the government's proposals by around half past ten and, if the media reports are to be believed, the Prime Minister's thoughts on the subject by early afternoon.

We'll be releasing commments from our experts throughout the day on Twitter and will post them here and on Facebook. CCC fellow Malcolm Harvey will also be sharing his thoughts over at The Conversation.

Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, 11 December 2014 - Evidence from Professor David Bell and Mr David Eiser, Stirling University

The Draft Scottish Budget 2018-19

Strategic Context

It is a pleasure to introduce the Draft 2018-19 Budget to the Scottish Parliament. This will be the first year in which the full proposals of the Smith Commission can be implemented. It has taken three years to put these proposals in place.

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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, 11 December 2014 - Evidence from Professor Nicola McEwen, ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change, University of Edinburgh

This paper outlines some of the issues that may emerge from the recommendations of the Smith Commission on the devolution and administration of social security. It begins with a general observation on the changing nature of the devolution settlement, the scope of the recommendations on welfare devolution and flexibility, and the challenges of increased policy interdependence.

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