A Scottish Parliament with far greater responsibility for raising the money it spends would lead to better government in Scotland. It would make politicians more accountable for the financial decisions they take while giving them both the incentive and the fiscal tools necessary to achieve improved public services and faster economic growth – vital in the current economic circumstances. Further, it would help to foster a healthy relationship between Westminster and Holyrood.
All of the main Scottish and UK parties agree that the Scottish Parliament should have greater financial powers. The debate is now about which powers should be devolved and when.
Much has changed in the last year and the opportunity now exists to go further than the limited financial proposals outlined in the Calman Commission report.
Therefore, we are calling for the control of most current taxes to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament as soon as possible.