A new funding deal, paving the way for the Scottish Parliament to become one of the most powerful of its kind in the world, has been agreed today (Tuesday 23 February).
Following ten rounds of negotiations, involving the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the UK and Scottish Governments have agreed a new fiscal framework.
The UK Government has gone the extra mile to deliver a deal that is fair for Scotland, fair to the rest of the UK and built to last.
It means that the UK government is implementing the recommendations of the Smith Commission in full, delivering the cross-party ‘Vow’ which will mean unprecedented new powers for Scotland.
The final step will come once the Scotland Bill passes through Parliament later in the spring.
This historic deal means that:
the Scottish Government will fund more than half of its spending from Scottish taxes, so its funding will be more closely linked to its policy decisions and Scottish economic performance
Scotland will not receive a penny less than Barnett as a result of population change
the Scottish Government will get £200 million to implement the new powers
a review in the next Parliament will make ensure the deal we have agreed is still delivering against all the Smith principles
The details underpinning this historical deal are set out in the Agreement which has been confirmed by the UK and Scottish Governments.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said:
Today we’ve secured a stronger Scotland in a stronger UK.
The arrangements we’ve reached with the Scottish Government are fair to Scotland and fair to taxpayers in the rest of the UK.
This enables us to deliver on the vow we made to the Scottish people and delivers one of the most powerful devolved Parliaments in the world and the economic and national security that comes from being part of the UK.
This clears the way for the debate in Scotland to move on to how these tax and spending powers should be used.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Greg Hands said:
I am delighted that we have agreed a new fiscal framework that is fair for Scotland and fair to the rest of the UK, now and in the future.
This historic deal shows how the UK and Scottish Parliaments can work effectively together for the interests of taxpayers across the whole of the UK, enabling Scotland to have one of the most powerful devolved Parliaments in the world.
I look forward to the Scottish government using these new powers to further increase the economic prosperity of Scotland.