Lord Smith CA – devolution deal ‘delivered in full’
The man whose commission drew up the initial cross-party blueprint for devolving more powers to Scotland has welcomed the announcement of agreement in principle on a new fiscal framework.
Lord Smith of Kelvin CA said the foundations were now in place for “constructive engagement” between Holyrood and Westminster for years to come.
The ICAS past-president chaired cross-party talks on a new devolution settlement for Scotland following the independence referendum in 2013.
It is difficult to imagine a bigger test of inter-governmental relationships and while it was obviously a very tough negotiation, what matters is that an agreement was reached.
Reacting to Tuesday’s announcement, he said: "Today's agreement between the Scottish and UK governments sees the recommendations of the Smith Commission delivered in full.
"The next term of Scottish parliamentarians will be debating and taking decisions over large parts of Scotland's tax and welfare policy. I believe this will be transformational for our parliament.
"There should be no doubt that this was a highly complex package of measures to agree. It is difficult to imagine a bigger test of inter-governmental relationships and while it was obviously a very tough negotiation, what matters is that an agreement was reached.
“This provides an excellent basis for constructive engagement between the governments long into the future.”
Lord Smith added: "When the Smith Agreement was passed to Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, both gave their word that they would deliver it into law - they have met that promise in full.
He paid "particular tribute” to the Scottish Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary and Chancellor George Osborne” for reaching final agreement on an “historic package of new powers."