Localising Power: A little less conversation, A little more action
TIME FOR MORE ACTION AND LESS TALK ON MAYORS FOR SCOTLAND
- Gordon Brown’s call for elected mayors latest in a long line calling for decentralisation
- Reform Scotland calls for elected mayors and devolution of local taxation
Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, today calls on politicians from across the political spectrum to endorse the creation of an elected mayoralty in every Scottish local authority, accompanied by full devolution of local taxes.
In a new paper Localising Power: A little less conversation, a little more action, the think tank cites regular calls for more devolution of local power dating back over 20 years – including by Holyrood’s cross-party Local Government Committee – but notes that there has been little central government effort to do so. On the contrary, more power has been centralised in Edinburgh.
Gordon Brown’s recent report for the Labour Party, “A New Britain”, is the latest document to back localisation.
Reform Scotland’s new paper calls for mayoralties across Scotland, which would create a more transparent and vibrant democracy as well as driving local economies. It also calls for the full devolution of council tax and business rates to local authorities, in addition to offering them the ability to create and set new local taxes.