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Ministerial Statement on The Smith Commission and the Devolution of Welfare, 2/12/14 [S]

Ministerial Statement in the Scottish Parliament on 2 December 2014 from the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constituion and Economy, John Swinney on The Smith Commission and the Devolution of Welfare.

He said:
"Children 1st supported powers over all aspects of employment rights and conditions to create a much more family-friendly employment regime, and it supported the devolution of child support. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations supported devolving the full package of powers over welfare to create a welfare system that puts fairness and supporting people at its heart, and the full devolution of equalities law. The full devolution of equalities legislation was supported by Engender and other equalities groups.

It should therefore be little surprise that, given that none of those responsibilities was devolved, there was such widespread disappointment on the publication of the report last week. The proposals mean that control over 71 per cent of taxes in Scotland remains at Westminster, along with 85 per cent of welfare decisions, including the conditions and sanctions that are causing so much distress in our country. These proposals cannot be characterised as home rule or as near federalism as is possible in the United Kingdom. The vow has simply not been fulfilled."

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 2 December 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 2 December 2014