Watered Down Home Rule For Scotland – But The Aim Remains Full Independence

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We take it and go again Scotland

We take it and go again Scotland

 By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Well we all knew it wasn’t going to perfect and as I listened in at the Dr’s office this morning then in my Car I knew behind the scenes the SNP will happy with these new Tax and Welfare ownership, all be it watered down. I think this gives Scotland, the SNP a change to really go for it now. We were not given as promised so we take this and the continues. This is more than we would ever had without a referendum so lets be happy, this is stage one. Independence is STILL the goal and remains what we all want. The no voters are sick of themselves I know many who are. So Scotland, lets take this and step forward, together as one voice

The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the commission on strengthening devolution has concluded. The Smith Commission also said a share of VAT should also be assigned to the parliament, and Air Passenger Duty fully devolved. The commission was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the vote against Scottish independence. Its findings will form the basis of legislation on more Scottish powers.

The Smith Commission, which took forward its recommendations in consultation with the Scottish Parliament’s five parties, recommended that:

  • The parliament should be given the power to set income tax rates and bands on earned income and will retain all of the income tax raised in Scotland.
  • The parliament should be given powers to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in Scottish elections.
  • The parliament should be given powers to create new benefits in devolved areas and make discretionary payments in any area of welfare.
  • A range of other benefits that support older people, carers, disabled people and those who are ill should also be fully devolved.
Didn't deliver in full, but we will get there

Didn’t deliver in full, but we will get there

 Analysis By Norman Smith, BBC Assistant Political Editor Although publicly today’s deal will be welcomed at Westminster – in private there will be a good deal of anguish. For Labour, the package represents a significant retreat – having previously strenuously opposed devolving income tax. Aware that such a stance was at odds with Scottish opinion – they backed down.

The fear now, however, is that it will create renewed momentum for barring Scottish MPs from voting on English laws – a move which could cripple any future Labour goverment. For David Cameron, there will also be anger among some of his MPs that, once again, Scotland appears to have been given more power and allowed to retain the generous Barnett funding formula. And for Unionists, generally there will be unease that today marks merely another staging post on the road to full independence.

Mr Cameron said he was “delighted” with the report, adding: “We are keeping our promise to the Scottish people.” Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said any new powers were to be welcomed, but said the commission was a “missed opportunity” to give Scotland full control over welfare. He said: “Regrettably, the Westminster parties were not prepared to deliver the powerhouse parliament the people of Scotland were promised – under these proposals, less than 30% of our taxes will be set in Scotland and less than 20% of welfare spending will be devolved to Scotland.

“That isn’t Home Rule – it’s continued Westminster rule.” Lord Smith, who chaired the commission, said: “Taken together, these new powers will deliver a stronger parliament, a more accountable parliament and a more autonomous Parliament.” “The recommendations, agreed between the parties, will result in the biggest transfer of powers to the parliament since its establishment.” Meanwhile, Mr Cameron said he would bring forward proposals on “English votes for English laws”, related to restricting the Westminster voting rights of MPs with Scottish seats, before Christmas.

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