The leaders of the largest cities in the UK gathered in Glasgow to call for greater independence from London in monitoring spending and taxation. At the summit, dedicated to decentralization, a report of which would bring the UK increased autonomy of local authorities. But, Scotland, where such an authority has been promised, feels deprived.
It is assumed that Scotland will get the expanded powers after the general election in the UK, which will be held in May. However, many Scots believe that this is not quite what they were promised.
In November last year the so-called “commission of Smith”, a cross-party group set up on the initiative of Westminster, published recommendations, what powers and and what extent should be transferred to the Scottish Parliament. Less than two months on the basis of this report has been prepared by the bill. Critics, however, the most active of which – First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, declare that the proposals appear somewhat blurry Westminster. The Scottish Government has acknowledged that the bill does provide for a significant expansion of powers. However, it displeased the right to block initiatives Westminster Scotland on some important issues.
“Autonomy implies the ability to manage social policy and taxation in full, not in part. We do not think that this compromise takes on a momentum success”, – said the head of the Council of Voluntary Organisations Scotland Martin Sime.
Views on social policy of the British and Scottish Parliaments differ, so many people believe that if both the Parliament has equal powers to manage, the system will be extremely difficult.
For the first time the partial transfer of powers to the Government of Scotland, or devolution, David Cameron said in September 2014. It was the last attempt to win the votes of the Scots before the referendum, because at that time, according to the polls, at independence was almost the same number of supporters and opponents.
“I think many of those who voted against secession, were unhappy – because what we have is not what we were promised. So I think that people will inevitably demand a referendum. Inevitable – because of the actions of Cameron”, – said the regional organizer of the National Union of Workers of rail, sea and land transport Jake Molloy.
Unveiling a package of proposed powers in the last month, David Cameron called it “a good halts” on the road to devolution.
Thus, many in Scotland again disappointed and believe that the proposal of Westminster – is not the authority.