Local MP Jo Swinson has welcomed the publication of draft legislation to deliver greater powers to the Scottish Parliament, in accordance with the Smith Commission Agreement between all five main Scottish political parties.
Commenting, Jo said:
“Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for Home Rule within a strong United Kingdom. We are delivering on the vow made ahead of September’s independence referendum. The draft proposals which have been published will give the Scotland Parliament new tax powers to raise over half of the money it spends and powers to create a new Scottish Welfare System with a starting budget of £2.5 billion.
“Further powers relating to energy, civil protections, transport and public bodies will also be devolved. As a result of these clauses the Scottish Parliament will be the third most powerful devolved parliament in the world.
“Liberal Democrats in Government have delivered draft legislation ahead of time and as promised. The SNP Government must now also stand by the Smith Agreement to ensure that these new powers are implemented so that they can begin to benefit Scottish people as soon as possible.”
For more information on the new powers to the Scottish Parliament you can visit: joswinson.org.uk/morepowers