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Greg Hands urged to return from break for fiscal framework talks - BBC News
A Treasury spokeswoman earlier insisted Mr Hands would return "at any time" if the Scottish government was "willing to make a substantial move". [...] Despite months of talks, the UK and Scottish governments have been unable to reach a deal on the fiscal framework for the bill. The parties disagree on their interpretation of the "no detriment" principle laid out by the Smith Commission on new powers for Scotland, which stipulates that neither the UK or the Scottish budgets should be left worse off by a deal.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Scotland funding deal must be 'fair', says Cameron
positioning, spin and putting the ball in SNP's / Sturgeons court. Knowing arguing in public about complex things like this which can be spun myriad ways won't help Sturgeon in the matter to get a good deal for her constituency. Knowing it will always be painted that they want more ... // this because of the secrecy of the meetings. //&! bbc.in/1PHiv3t
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon: 'Distance to travel' on devolution finance deal - BBC News
[ Negotiations of the Fiscal Framework don't go well. Tories will play for time and trying to put Holyrood into a tight spot to agree to a compromise. ] Nicola Sturgeon has warned there is "some distance left to travel" before the financial deal underpinning the Scotland Bill is agreed. //&! redd.it/41nadt - Scottish Secretary David Mundell calls for 'reboot' of politics &! bbc.in/20nljtF
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
SNP ‘could block Scotland Bill’ over cost, warns Swinney : Scotland
A day after another round of negotiations around the Fiscal Framework. [...] JOHN Swinney has warned that the SNP government could block the Scotland bill over fears that the package on extra devolution would cost Scots £7 billion. The finance secretary issued the ultimatum as he held talks in London with UK ministers about how fresh devolution will affect Scotland’s £30 billion annual grant from Westminster.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
HMRC to contact Scottish taxpayers over new income tax - BBC News
The Scottish Rate of Income Tax comes into effect on 6 April next year. It will be paid by UK taxpayers who live in Scotland, regardless of where they work, with the rate to be announced by the Scottish government in its draft budget on 16 December. Those paying the new rate will see their tax code prefixed by an 'S' and their income tax will continue to be collected from pay and pensions in the same way as it is now. The new system was a recommendation of the Calman Commission and has been devolved under the Scotland Act 2012 along with powers over stamp duty and landfill tax
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Scotland Bill: Peers want to halt legislation until fiscal rules are agreed - BBC News
maneuvering at Westminster to put time as pressure tool to get to a compromised (on Scotland side) agreemend & if barnett formula is scrapped in talks, scotland will get less money. // bbc.in/217CdxI & Fiscal Framework issues/unclear. Fiscal framework: What is Scotland's new funding deal? - bbc.in/1Ocon83 - "[fairness] near impossible task. [...] "Neither side will be entirely happy - one will probably be more unhappy than the other." [ which means Westminster has upper hand and will play for time so Holyrood has to compromise ] //&! David Phillips, a senior economist with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, issued the warning as UK and Scottish ministers struggled to agree how Scotland’s £30bn block grant from London should be cut to take account of income tax revenue which will in future go directly to Holyrood. - thetim.es/1QEy3JQ
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Former devolution body head Sir Kenneth Calman backs 'Union Charter' - BBC News
I don't think [the case for the Union] has been well enough articulated - it is still a case of 'them at Westminster' Sir Kenneth Calman, former head of the Scottish Commission on Devolution [...] Crossbench peer, Lord Judge, asked if there was merit in creating a Charter of the Union. Sir Kenneth replied: "The answer is yes. I think it would make the discussion easier about who does what, and how we benefit, how you benefit and how we all benefit. I think that would be very helpful. "Without that communication, the average citizen is left wondering who does what for me now - and it is Westminster's fault anyway - so, it is easier to put it the wrong way."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
David Cameron risks ‘double betrayal’ of Scotland, says Gordon Brown | UK news | The Guardian
David Cameron is risking a “double betrayal” of Scotland if his government fails to make urgent changes to the Scotland bill, Gordon Brown has warned. The former Labour prime minister said the package of new powers for Holyrood must be amended to give MSPs unconditional authority to top up welfare payments, without any risk of such decisions being vetoed by the UK government. He said such changes were necessary to fulfil the pledge of more powers made by Westminster before last year’s independence referendum and to deliver in full on the recommendations of the Smith commission, which the prime minister set up to carry out a review of devolution. [...] Brown saying: “In other words, if a decision was made by the UK government on tax credits, about child benefit or benefits for the unemployed, and the Scottish parliament did not like that decision, it would have the power if it so wished, and if it was prepared to pay for it, to top up these benefits.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
So you hate the Tories – but what comes next? | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian
Tory conference: Cameron's 'assault on poverty' pledge belied by new figures. [...] planned welfare cuts would lead to 200,000 more working households in poverty by 2020. bit.ly/1Nop8vl - The thinktank’s analysis also indicates that the number of all households – both in and out of work – that will be in poverty at the end of the parliament is projected to rise by 700,000 to nearly 4 million. The report will pile further pressure on ministers to rethink how they protect the working poor, following the introduction of controversial plans to cut tax credits in the first budget immediately after the election. //&! bit.ly/1VIjIQ0 - Podcast &! Tories hollowness in their tax credit cut & talking abt social mobility @ their conference (audacity [spin&PR& repeating the message over & over they want to get across] to speak abt poverty @ their conference) - bit.ly/1WQaheJ - masking their rightwing neoliberal policy pitching it as centre - bit.ly/1jeVqfG &! bit.ly/1LsHNPO redefine center
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
David Mundell: New tax powers should be devolved in 2017 - BBC News
The Scotland Bill, which is currently before the UK Parliament, is the legislation drawn up as a response to the recommendations made by the Smith Commission following the "No" vote in last year's independence referendum. The commission recommended devolving the power to set rates and bands of income tax for Scottish taxpayers to Holyrood. [...] Such a move could make taxation a major issue in next year's Holyrood election campaign. [...] "That will allow for next year's Scottish Parliament elections, for there actually to be a debate about tax and spending in Scotland. Mr Mundell said the new timetable would allow whoever was in power in 2017 to use the new powers when deciding Scotland's tax and spending plans.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence. Ms Sturgeon said she welcomed what her opponents had said but she found it a "curious tactic". Both Labour and the Lib Dems said the first minister should concentrate on her party's record in government. SNP leader Ms Sturgeon believes there should be a further referendum on Scottish independence if there is growing support for leaving the UK or there is a "material change" in UK politics. [...] She spoke out after Ms Dugdale said there was "no denying that 30% of Labour voters voted 'Yes' in the referendum" and that she wanted to lead a party "that is comfortable with people who voted 'Yes' and 'No' backing our values of creating a fair and more equal society for everyone".
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon gets advice from all sides - BBC News
She does not want to hold a referendum. She wants to win one. To repeat, I believe that the issue of EU membership has a different status in the FM's thinking from other supposed triggers. Brexit without Scottish consent would be seen as a genuine change to the constitutional governance of Scotland.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Scottish independence debate far from over - BBC News
James Cook, the BBC's Scotland correspondent from 2008 to 2015, argues that the Scottish independence debate is far from over, 12 months after the country voted to stay in the UK. //&! Sturgeon: scrap cuts and Trident or face another vote on independence. Ignore our voice and people will conclude that Westminster can’t deliver for Scotland, first minister warns Cameron on anniversary of referendum - bit.ly/1Jeaoa5 //&! A year on from the referendum, a bold, generous and mature offer to the Scots, enshrined in a new treaty of union, can forestall a second independence vote. - bit.ly/1gvNfZS //&! The Vow //&! bit.ly/1KpA8kI //&! bbc.in/1NAQ5tJ
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon: SNP will keep foxhunting ban in revenge against Cameron | UK news | The Guardian
Party leader says it will vote against relaxing ban partly because prime minister has shown so little respect for its MPs since election [...] Sturgeon told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Since the election, David Cameron’s government has shown very little respect to the mandate that Scottish MPs have. On the Scotland bill, reasonable amendments backed by the overwhelming majority of Scottish MPs have been voted down. The English votes for English laws proposals brought forward go beyond any reasonable proposition and look to make Scottish MPs effectively second-class citizens in the House of Commons. So, I think if there’s an opportunity – as there appears to be here – and on an issue where David Cameron appears to be out of touch with majority English opinion as well, to actually remind the government how slender their majority is.”
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Evel proposals risk turning Commons into quasi-English parliament, MPs told | Politics | The Guardian
[Evel - English vote for english laws] [ Cameron's quick, not thought through, fix to get MPs along with The Vow and further Devolution to Hollyrood ] Denouncing the proposals as a “constitutional outrage”, the shadow leader of the Commons, Angela Eagle, argued that the government was “more interested in pursuing a partisan procedural fix rather than working to keep the union together”. She went on to accuse the Tories of putting narrow party interests first. “It is the case that the government’s changes will turn their slim majority of 12 into something over three figures if Scottish and Welsh MPs are to be prevented from voting. &! thenational.scot/politics/speaker-agrees-to-scrap-house-of-commons-business-and-hold-urgent-evel-debate.4891 &! http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2015/jul/07/consumers-paying-12bn-a-year-too-much-for-energy-competition-watchdog-says-politics-live#block-559be8bce4b032a39a3bb021 // &! bbc.in/1KObVJ3
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Election 2015: Sturgeon says Cameron must go further on devolution - BBC News
Responding to former SNP leader Alex Salmond's comments on Saturday that following the party's landslide victory he thought Scotland was now closer to independence, Ms Sturgeon said there was "no disagreement" between them. She said: "I think Scotland will become an independent country one day. He said he thinks it will be in his lifetime, I hope that's the case." // An anti-austerity protests took place outside Downing Street and in Cardiff // &! http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/disability-audit-eight-coalition-policies-have-hit-disabled-people // &! Protests against Tories and Cameron - http://www.spiegel.de/video/proteste-gegen-wiederwahl-camerons-in-london-video-video-1576209.html
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
General election 2015: Remember when David Cameron almost cried over Scotland because he loved it so much? - Comment - Voices - The Independent
General election 2015: Remember when David Cameron almost cried over Scotland because he loved it so much? It turns out he was being as sincere as Tony Soprano sympathising with the widow of someone he had killed
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP conference: Minority Labour government 'would have to talk to SNP' - BBC News
Ed Miliband not even agreeing on a policy by policy coalition, is an affront to Scottish voters, democracy & representation. Westminsters handling of the scottish referendum & the last minute vow without consulting english mps & the consequences, is a symptom of how westminster sees scotland & its people, democracy, representation & their attitude towards them. ed miliband could have said 'everything is up in the air' & conservatives putting him&salmon on their election poster, was to concede the probable election outcome. vs saying what he said - a vague no, preserving what is to preserve & paddle back after the election results come in & hope his party will not lose 1 vote bc of this incident, bc the english constituency is on no good terms with the Scottish // its not the english constituency, its westminster. stupid // vs. bbc.in/1G2piCT - Sturgeon offers 'friendship message' to UK, 'vote SNP & Labour &we will move Labour further to the left in a coalition.' & bbc.in/1EgCXqY
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Alex Salmond accuses UK party leaders of tricking Scotland into No vote | Politics | theguardian.com
"They're at loggerheads," Salmond told BBC1's Sunday Politics programme. "I think that their vow was cooked up in desperation from the last days of the campaign. I think everyone in Scotland now realises that. "Incidentally, [the] Yes campaign isn't surprised by this development. It's the people who were persuaded to vote no who were misled, who were gulled, who were tricked, effectively. They are the ones who are really angry." [...] Downing Street has dismissed Salmond's accusations, insisting the Scottish devolution timetable would be honoured. "Lord Smith of Kelvin has agreed to oversee the process to take forward the devolution commitments with powers over tax, spending and welfare all agreed by November and draft legislation published by January," a No 10 spokesman said. "This government has delivered on devolution and we will do so again." +!+!+!+ Salmond - bbc.in/1sU03so +!+!+!+ Ed Miliband - bbc.in/1AYZqCb +!+!+!+ Salmon on unelected House of Lords - bit.ly/1p9g8t3
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Cameron and Miliband ditch devo timetable vow
via bit.ly/1rbwEvV || "Salmond revealed that in his telephone call to Mr Cameron after the referendum result was announced, he asked the Prime Minister if the UK Government would honour the pledge made to the Scottish people by Gordon Brown prior to the vote.  Something Mr Salmond said, was not confirmed by the PM. He said: "I spoke to the Prime Minister today and, although he reiterated his intention to proceed as he has outlined, he would not commit to a second reading vote by 27th March on a Scotland Bill. That was a clear promise laid out by Gordon Brown during the campaign. "The Prime Minister says such a vote would be meaningless. I suspect he cannot guarantee the support of his party." [...] The refusal to commit to new powers for Scotland prior to the next UK general election is in breach of the 'vow' made to the Scottish people days before the independence referendum. [...] Gordon Brown was said to have 'brokered a deal' with all three London parties."
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september 2014 by asterisk2a

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