What new powers have been recommended for devolution to the Scottish parliament?
Power to set income tax rates and bands. The Scottish Parliament will retain all income tax raised in Scotland
Power to give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote in Scottish elections
A number of new welfare powers including:
- Housing elements of universal credit
- Winter fuel payments
- The ability to create new benefits
- Sure start grant
- Disability living allowance
Personal independence payment
More power over the allocation of VAT receipts, but not the power to set VAT rates
Power to be able to nationalise rail franchises
Power over health and safety rules
Power over authorising fracking
New borrowing powers
What next? When will the new powers come into place?
What about the rest of the UK?
How have the major parties reacted?
Regrettably, the Westminster parties were not prepared to deliver the powerhouse parliament the people of Scotland were promised. Under these proposals, less than 30 per cent of our taxes will be set in Scotland and less than 20 per cent of welfare spending will be devolved to Scotland.That isn’t home rule – it’s continued Westminster rule.