There should be a sweeping decentralisation of regulation, tax and spending powers to local government. With very few exceptions, each layer of government must raise what it spends.The report added: "Over-centralisation hampers economic growth and leads to poor government services and higher taxes. In the UK, just 5 per cent of revenue is raised locally, compared with 50 per cent in Canada and 29 per cent in Germany, making the UK the most centralised government in the G7." But decentralising spending, revenue raising and regulatory decisions, the paper said, will "significantly improve the UK’s economic performance. Fiscal decentralisation is associated with higher national income, better school performance and higher levels of investment". On political grounds, current proposals for EVEL, which were passed by parliament two weeks ago, "weaken accountability". The IEA added: "The current system also leads to representation without taxation – MPs have responsibility for determining legislation that doesn’t affect their constituents."
"It would see some MPs responsible for two sets of issues and others only one, and identifying the executive responsible for English issues would also become very difficult. Government could become totally unstable." Read more: Housing Bill will be the first test of English votes for English laws This is not the first time EVEL has been attacked. As the bill was passed in parliament last week Scottish National Party MP Pete Wishart said the plans were "meagre, threadbare, inept and stupid", which would consign his party to second class citizens in the UK wide parliament. Wishart added:
How dare you make us second-class status in this place? How dare you disrespect the views of the Scottish electorate? You could not have contrived of a more inept way to save the union.Earlier this week speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow announced the Housing Bill would be the first that will "apply exclusively" to England and Wales. This prompted Wishart to say: "Today your scottish MPs will be officially rendered second class. The Housing Bill is classified as "English only"." Back in July former shadow business secretary Chuka Ummuna shared the sentiments of the IEA and SNP, by stating that a federal system is the best way to keep the union in tact.