STUC releases proposals for enhanced devolution

March 17th 2014

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

“Through its ’A Just Scotland’ initiative, STUC continues to consider the key issues relating to the independence referendum. Whilst we have not come to a definitive view on recommending a Yes or No vote, it is increasingly clear that there is a strong case and strong public support for building on the current status quo (including the measures contained within the 2012 Scotland Act). Many of our members continue to support independence in preference to any other option and we intend to continue to reflect these views alongside making proposals for enhanced devolution in the case that the vote is for ‘No’ in September.

“STUC remains open to a continuing dialogue on the detail of its proposals, but believes that the pro-devolution parties should give very clear commitments both in respect of future tax powers and in defending the level of a residual block grant.

“STUC proposes that two thirds of the revenue spent in Scotland should be raised in Scotland and that a more flexible block grant arrangement should be agreed to enable future Scottish Parliaments to intervene on a wider range of policy issues including the labour market and aspects of pay, employment rights and welfare.”

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