The Scotland Office has released a command paper, Scotland in the United Kingdom: an enduring settlement. It contains the draft clauses for legislation to enact the commitments made in the Smith Commission’s report. It was being reported last November that the Cabinet had vetoed a range of proposals made by the Smith Commission:
On November 27th 2014, the Smith Commission published proposals for further devolution of powers to Scotland. We now know what is to be devolved – the UK and Scottish Governments now have the more prosaic task of implementing the changes. Getting the details of how the taxes and welfare are devolved will be crucial.
Guest blog from Alan Trench of Devolution Matters
Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, 11 December 2014 - Evidence from Professor David Bell and Mr David Eiser, Stirling University
The Draft Scottish Budget 2018-19
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.
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.