Smith Commission: Blog round-up

Published: 3 December 2014

Coree Brown, rounds-up The Smith Commission responses from our experts.

Last Thursday, the Smith Commission report was released. Our experts responded to the proposals made in the 28 page report.

Michael Keating described the report as ‘not, by any definition, devo-max nor what Gordon Brown described as being close to federalism’, pointing out that the powers proposed fall far short of those necessary to allow Scotland to develop distinctive economic and social policies. Michael also appeared on Sunday Politics Scotland to share his thoughts.

Nicola McEwen discussed the perceived shortcomings of the proposal in regards to welfare, noting that around 87% of all welfare spending will remain with Westminster under the terms of the proposal. Given the disappointment expressed by the SNP and by organisations working closely with welfare provisions and delivery, debates over welfare are likely to continue.

Weighing in from Wales, Richard Wyn Jones examines the direct and indirect implications of the Smith Commission recommendations for Wales and the powers of the Welsh Assembly.

Stephen Tierney asks whether federalism is the Union’s last chance.

David Bell and David Eiser tackle budgetary issues in their latest post and Neil McGarvey asks what role local governments are likely to play.

Ailsa Henderson shares the results of research on Scottish attitudes to further devolution, looking at powers identified by the Smith Commission.

Meanwhile, Craig McAngus discusses the results of the Smith Commission as a critical juncture for Scottish Labour at LSE, and at The Conversation, Kirstein Rummery responds to the proposals.

For further expert analysis, please download our free ebook, Beyond Smith, which captures the contributions of our academic team to the Smith Commission process.

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