Meanwhile the party working hardest for the
people of Scotland is still delivering
Fair Work Convention created
FM: we will work closely with STUC to establish fair work leadership body.
A key recommendation of the Working Together Review will be implemented
by the Scottish Government, First Minister Alex Salmond announced today.
The Fair Work Convention will be a stakeholder body which will provide
leadership on Scottish industrial relations, and which will promote the
principles behind fair work. It will encourage dialogue between unions,
employers public sector bodies and government.
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Scottish economy grows 0.9%
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.
Scottish GDP grew by 0.9% during the second quarter of 2014, according to
statistics announced today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.
The latest Gross Domestic Product release, covering the period April to
June, shows that total output in the economy grew by 0.9% compared to
previous quarter. On an annual basis, GDP grew by 2.6% compared to the
second quarter of 2013.
The services sector, which accounts for nearly three quarters of the
economy, grew by 0.9% during the latest period, the production sector grew
by 0.3%, and construction output expanded by 3.6%.
The full statistical publication is available at
Powers for a purpose
The First Minister Alex Salmond today called on members of the STUC to make
their voices heard through the Smith Commission to ensure that the ‘reality
of further devolution matches the rhetoric’ of the referendum campaign.
Last week the Scottish Government published its submission to the Smith
Commission making it clear that true home rule for Scotland should include
full powers over all domestic spending, including economic levers such as
Speaking at the STUC’s major conference,
Decent Work, Dignified Lives, the First Minister said that it is clear there
is an overwhelming desire in Scotland for change. He also said:
“We want to make Scotland a wealthier and fairer society. And as part of
that, we have to ensure that our welfare, employment and taxation powers
work in harmony with each other. We seek those powers for a purpose.
“In 1997 Donald Dewar came up with a stroke of genius: he reversed the
previous logic of devolution and specified what was to be reserved rather
than what was to be devolved. As a result what took five years of fruitless
legislation in the 1970s took five weeks to complete its key parliamentary
stages in 1998.
“We should now demand the same approach to financial powers. All taxation
should be devolved and Westminster paid an allowance for these functions
that are left reserved.
“For example, we fund more than 25,000 modern apprenticeships each year, but
the savings from lower unemployment benefit go straight to Westminster.
Greater powers over welfare and taxation – true home rule within the United
Kingdom – would allow us to retain those tax revenues and welfare savings.
Scotland would reap the benefits of our social investments.
“The referendum campaign made it clear that there is a massive desire in
Scotland for change. We need to ensure that the reality of further
devolution matches the rhetoric of the campaign.
“The promise of additional powers for Scotland gives us an important chance
to shape Scotland for the better. It is important that the process is as
inclusive as possible. So all of the political parties have a responsibility
to involve our empowered, engaged and energised electorate. I strongly
encourage all of you – as unions and as individuals – to get involved in
making your views known to the Smith Commission.”
For more information on the Scottish Government’s proposals to the Smith
Commission, please visit:
To view the Scottish Government’s proposal to the Smith Commission please
Scotland’s role in Europe
voice in Europe must be enhanced and enshrined in law as part of the
additional powers for the Scottish Parliament, External Affairs Cabinet
Secretary Fiona Hyslop said today.
The Scottish Government’s proposals include a number of suggestions to
further enhance Scotland’s place in the world including Scotland having
guaranteed rights to engage directly with EU institutions and a statutory
mechanism for Scotland to influence UK policy on broader European matters.
During her speech, Ms Hyslop also spoke about the Scottish Government’s
willingness to work constructively within the EU and use the lessons of the
Scottish referendum to help re-engage people in Scotland and across Europe.
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