Devolution plus


The Scottish Government has hinted that it is likely any referendum on independence will offer three choices to the Scottish electorate; independence, the status quo and some middle option.  We believe ‘Devolution plus’ is the first major attempt since the election to set out exactly what this third option could look like.

Reform Scotland’s proposals recommend a structure that will shift the responsibility for raising revenue to create a much more even balance between Holyrood and Westminster which gives both governments an incentive to act more responsibly within their respective areas of power.  The result is that this proposal completely removes the need for the block grant as each level of government has their own powers to fund their respective Scottish expenditure.

In addition, we have recommended a significant shift in responsibility for elements of welfare from Westminster to Holyrood. Many policy areas associated with alleviating poverty, such as social inclusion and housing, are already devolved.  Therefore, we believe that by giving the Scottish Parliament responsibility for a number of major welfare benefits a more coherent and effective approach can be adopted.

We believe that the model set out in this publication will create an environment which will encourage policies that enable our economy to grow and improve our public services, whilst leaving Westminster with appropriate tax powers to enable it to act not just in the interests of Scotland, but the whole of the UK.



Linked Articles

  • Devolution Plus should be Third Option in referendum, says Reform Scotland
  • “Group’s call to devolve welfare provision” – The Herald
  • “Group’s call to devolve welfare provision” – The Herald
  • “Nats ‘airbrushed’ their missed targets from new economic strategy” – The Daily Telegraph
  • “Independence poll must have third option, Devolution Plus, say experts” – The Scotsman
  • “Call to give Holyrood welfare budget” – Press and Journal
  • “Call for third ballot option” – The Courier
  • “Indy Vote Call” – The Sun
  • “Group call for more tax power” – The Daily Record
  • “Reform Scotland makes ‘Devolution Plus’ proposal” – BBC News
  • “Call for ‘Holyrood Plus’ option in independence referendum” – STV News
  • “Third Way the Best Option For Scotland” – The Scotsman
  • “The Third Way” – Holyrood Magazine
  • “Chisholm calls for ‘Devo Max’ powers for Scotland” – Evening News
  • “Labour’s Chisholm rejects Calman proposals” – The Herald
  • ‘Flying the flag for the greatest possible devolution’ – Scotsman
  • ‘The big question: what will voters be asked?’ – Guardian
  • Reform Scotland bulletin on ‘Devo Plus’ and opinion poll
  • Ben Thomson’s letter to the Herald
  • ‘Devolution plus is a credible third option’ – Scotsman
  • “David Cameron must make brave steps towards a federal UK” – Guardian
  • “Maximising debate on independence” – Herald
  • ‘Best option for us all’ – Scotland on Sunday
  • ‘The plus factor must be taken into account’ – Scotsman
  • ‘Looking on the plus side, devo-max is dead’ – Scotsman
  • “Scotland doesn’t need independence to take more responsibility for itself” – Scotsman
  • “Osborne leans to devo-plus policy” – Sunday Times
  • “Osborne leans to devo-plus policy” – Sunday Times