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Newsletter 2015/16 (Scotland Bill)

Newsletter 2015/16 (Scotland Bill)

At the 2015 General Election, the people of Scotland sent a strong and clear message to the UK Government that they expected the unionist parties to fulfil the promises they made during the Independence Referendum campaign with the transfer of significant powers to the Scottish Parliament.

It has been a long, drawn out process with the UK Government dragging its feet and the SNP group supporting the Scottish Government in its fight for a fair fiscal framework that is in the best interests of the country.  During the process the SNP Group tabled a large number of amendments, all of which were rejected by a majority of the Parliament, against the wishes of the majority of the representatives from Scotland, – sadly there was no Scottish Votes for Scottish Laws introduced at the time of English Votes for English Laws.

The UK Government was eventually forced to listen to our arguments and though the Bill does not deliver the Smith Commission in full, it does give the Scottish Parliament additional powers that, if used in the right way, will benefit the people of West Dunbartonshire and Scotland as a whole.

This is not the end of the process and the SNP group will continue to put pressure on the UK Government to meet the promises it made to Scotland.

You can learn more about the Scotland Bill here: http://www.snp.org/the_scotland_bill_explained