I know this is going over old ground, the 2 video’s were from when Nicola was at Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh. They were just posted today. The Smith Commission has not went as far as it should have when the Queen spoke and in the first day off Westminster. I know these powers will come, it may take time but it will happen. David Cameron said “You have the powers now, go and use them” I think unfairly. This is an ongoing story, should the UK leave the European Union I now wonder if Scotland with more devolved powers could stay in Europe alone. I don’t know the laws or rules of the land on this matter. Watch this space, it is taking longer than we hoped, Cameron won’t budge unless the SNP’s 56 Westminster members really keep annoying the Westminster elite. It will come Scotland, keep the faith!!
SNP: Nicola Sturgeon – Talking About Austerity 2015
Via Left To Right Politics on You Tube
SNP: Nicola Sturgeon – The Scottish Economy 2015
Via Left to Right Politics on You Tube
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticised the newly published Scotland Bill saying it falls short in “almost every way”. However, the UK government insisted the legislation fulfilled promises made after the Scottish independence vote. Ms Sturgeon told MSPs the Bill did not contain the welfare powers promised. The 76-page document was published the day after the Queen’s Speech outlined the Conservative government’s plan to give tax-raising powers to Scotland.
Prime Minister David Cameron believed the plan would make Scotland the most powerful devolved assembly anywhere in the world.
Its key elements include:
- Allowing Holyrood to set thresholds and rates of income tax on earnings in Scotland and keeping all the money raised in Scotland
- Giving the Edinburgh parliament control over the first 10 percentage points of standard rate VAT revenue raised in Scotland [and 2.5% reduced rate]
- New welfare powers worth £2.5bn
- Enabling the Scottish government to vary the frequency of Universal Credit payments in Scotland
- Providing power to set the rules over a range of benefits which affect carers, disabled people and the elderly
- and giving control over programmes which help people find work.
The Scotland Bill follows recommendations made by the cross-party Smith Commission which was set up to look at devolving more powers to Scotland.
In response to a question from SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said: “The UK government, I think, had a very clear test today to deliver a bill which lived up in full, in spirit and in letter, to the Smith Commission.
“The bill has been published within the last hour or so and from my glance at it, I think it falls short in almost every area. “The bill, for example, doesn’t contain the full welfare powers recommended by the Smith Commission and in some key powers it retains, unbelievably in my view, given the amount of concern that was expressed about this, it retains a veto for the UK government on key policy areas. “So, for example, if this parliament wants to abolish the bedroom tax, as I hope we do, the UK government would still have a right of veto over whether we could do it or not. Now I’m sorry, but that is not devolution.”
However, Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, disagreed with the Scottish government’s assessment. He said: “The government will be delivering the Smith Commission in full, we are starting that parliamentary journey which will lead to the Scottish Parliament having control over income tax in Scotland, over £2.5bn of welfare spend and a raft of other measures which will help economic and job creation.” Mr Mundell added: “Scotland will still hold on to the benefits of being part of the UK that people voted for in the referendum last September. “Sharing risks and resources with the rest of the UK is good for everyone in the UK when it comes to vital matters such as pensions, currency, trade and national security.”
If the bill passes the usual parliamentary hurdles it could become law early next year, ahead of the Holyrood elections in May 2016.
What next for Scotland?
A new Scotland Bill will be based on recommendations made by the Smith Commission – the cross-party group formed after the independence referendum to look at what additional powers might be handed to Scotland.
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