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Scotland Act 2016
Act of Parliament
"Long title An Act to amend the Scotland Act 1998 and make provision about the functions of the Scottish Ministers; and for connected purposes.
Introduced by "David Mundell
Territorial extent United Kingdom
Dates
"Royal assent 23 March 2016
Other legislation
Relates to "Scotland Act 1998, "Scotland Act 2012, "Income Tax Act 2007
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Constitutional documents relevant to the status of the "United Kingdom and legislative unions "of its constituent countries
""Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
"Treaty of Union 1706
"Acts of Union 1707
"Personal Union of 1714 1714
"Wales and Berwick Act 1746
"Irish Constitution 1782
"Acts of Union 1800
"Government of Ireland Act 1920
"Anglo-Irish Treaty 1921
"Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927
"N. Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Act 1972
"European Communities Act 1972
"Local Government Act 1972
"Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
"Northern Ireland Assembly 1973
"N. Ireland Constitution Act 1973
"Referendum Act 1975
"Scotland Act 1978
"Wales Act 1978
"Local Government (Wales) Act 1994
"Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994
"Referendums (Scotland & Wales) Act 1997
"Good Friday Agreement 1998
"Northern Ireland Act 1998
"Government of Wales Act 1998
"Scotland Act 1998
"Government of Wales Act 2006
"Northern Ireland Act 2009
"European Union Act 2011
"Scotland Act 2012
"Edinburgh Agreement 2012
"Wales Act 2014
"European Union Referendum Act 2015
Scotland Act 2016
"Wales Act 2017

The Scotland Act 2016 is an "act of the "Parliament of the United Kingdom. It sets out amendments to the "Scotland Act 1998 and "devolves further powers to "Scotland. The legislation is based on recommendations given by the report of the "Smith Commission, which was established on 19 September 2014 in the wake of the "Scottish independence referendum.

Contents

Main provisions[edit]

The act gives extra powers to the "Scottish Parliament and a "Scottish Government,[1] most notably:[2]

The act recognises the Scottish Parliament and a Scottish Government as permanent among UK's constitutional arrangements, with a referendum required before either can be abolished. However, according to some commentators, the act institutes a weak statutory mechanism, which does not stipulate provisions or guarantees for such a referendum, or makes duties of Crown Ministers in this respect publicly answerable to the Scottish electorate.[4]

Amendments[edit]

The UK "Conservative government introduced around 80 amendments to the bill aimed at clarifying and strengthening some sections of it, and the "House of Commons approved these. They included:

About 120 amendments and new clauses were lodged on the bill by opposition parties but these were rejected by the Commons.[5]

Fiscal framework[edit]

During the passage of the bill, almost a full year of negotiations took place between the Scottish and UK Governments concerning the fiscal framework that accompanied it. This was necessary because of the intention to reduce the "block grant given to the Scottish government by "HM Treasury to take account of the additional income the Scottish government will receive through retaining a portion of the revenues from income tax and VAT that are generated in Scotland.

The "Smith Commission said that there should be “no detriment” to either government in this context, something which is technically difficult to achieve. A Scottish government proposal was that future adjustment to the block grant should be based on the “per capita index”, which takes into account the growth in tax receipts across the UK, not just Scotland. This is significant because Scotland’s economy and population are not growing as fast as the UK’s. However, the Treasury position was that this would be unfair to the rest of the UK.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scotland Act 2016". legislation.gov.uk. 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Holyrood gives approval to devolved powers Scotland Bill". BBC News. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Douglas Fraser (2 February 2016). "Scotland's tax powers: What it has and what's coming?". BBC News. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Dr Mike Gordon (30 September 2015). "Mike Gordon: The Permanence of Devolution: Parliamentary Sovereignty and Referendum Requirements". scottishconstitutionalfutures.org. Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Scotland Bill: Scottish powers bill backed by Commons". BBC News. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Record View: It's time for Cameron and Sturgeon to bang heads together and deliver what Scots voters were promised". Daily Record. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
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