POLL FINDS ONLY 9% OF SCOTS BELIEVE “THE VOW” HAS BEEN KEPT

UK GOVERNMENT MUST DELIVER ON REFERENDUM PROMISES

Linda Fabiani MSP 2New figures revealing deep disappointment in the delivery of “the Vow” have been described as “a damning indictment of the UK Government’s broken promises” by the SNP.

The YouGov  poll has found that only 9% of respondents believe that “the Vow” – signed by the UK Tory, Labour and Lib Dem leaders on 16th September last year –  has been ‘delivered completely’.

By contrast, a majority of respondents (52 per cent) believe ‘very little’ or ‘nothing’ has been delivered.

Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:

“This poll is a damning indictment of the UK Government’s broken promises on further devolution

“As we approach the first anniversary of the Vow and its cast-iron promise of “extensive new powers”, it is clear that the deeply flawed Scotland Bill fails to meet the spirit or substance of the Smith Commission recommendations – let alone the Vow.

“The cross-party Devolution Committee recommended serious amendments to ensure the Bill meets the Smith Commission – these have been ignored by the Scottish Secretary. The SNP’s 56 MPs, with an unprecedented democratic mandate, put forward amendments to strengthen the Bill – these were all voted down by Tory MPs.

“David Mundell needs to start listening to Scotland  and amend the Bill – the level of disappointment in the UK Government’s current offer could not be clearer.

“It is no surprise to anyone that this failure to deliver more powers, alongside further austerity and cruel cuts to social security has resulted in growing support for independence. The UK Government must listen to the verdict of the Scottish people on their inaction and deliver the full powers promised in the Vow so that we can get on with building a fairer, more equal Scotland.”

ENDS

Notes:

YouGov poll sampled between 7th – 10th September 2015; sample 1110.

Before the referendum on Scottish independence the Labour party, Conservative party and Liberal Democrats vowed to give increased powers to the Scottish government if the Scottish people voted NO. To what extent, if at all, do you think they have delivered on this vow?

  All
 
Delivered completely 9%
Delivered partly 26%
Delivered very little 30%
Have not delivered at all 22%
Don’t know 12%
   
TOTAL: Delivered very little/not at all 52%
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