East Kilbride MSP and Smith Commissioner Linda Fabiani has today welcomed news that the Scottish and UK Governments have agreed a deal which will enable new powers to be transferred to the Scottish Parliament.
The fiscal framework, after almost a year of negotiation, was eventually agreed between the Scottish and UK Governments on February 23rd.
Full details of the deal will be published soon to allow Linda, who sits on the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee and parliamentary colleagues to fully scrutinise the proposals.
Commenting, Linda said:
“John Swinney and Nicola Sturgeon have worked hard to negotiate a deal which ensures not a single penny will be lost to the Scottish Government’s budget, with a review after a parliamentary term. Considering the Treasury’s original offer was a cut over ten years of £7 billion, this is an excellent result. The “no detriment” principle which John and I agreed to during the Smith Commission has at last been met.
“New powers should be in place by 2017, and I look forward to scrutinising the detail on Income tax, borrowing and powers over disability living allowance, carers allowance and some of the Work Programme.
“The focus of the debate is now on how we will use the new powers to ensure we are as fair and progressive as we can be, and Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that the SNP will soon set out our longer term intentions. I trust that other parties will do likewise.”