Scots further tax plan released ‘within two weeks’

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne indicated further devolution to city regions could be around the corner too. Picture: pA

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne indicated further devolution to city regions could be around the corner too. Picture: pA

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THE GOVERNMENT is to publish a paper setting out ideas on how further tax and spending powers could be devolved to Scotland within the next fortnight, Chancellor George Osborne said today.

He made the announcement when addressing business leaders at the Institute of Directors’ annual convention, indicating further devolution to city regions could be around the corner too.

He said: “There is the argument across the political parties that Scotland should have more devolution coming out of the Scottish referendum.

“I can tell you in just over a week’s time, we will publish a command paper which will set out some of the ideas for further devolution for tax and spending to Scotland.

“But I don’t think we should rest there.”

Pointing to the successful model of the London Mayor, he went on: “We are examining at the moment what more we can do to pass decisions to local areas, decisions around housing, planning, potentially local taxation as well.

“We have already done quite a lot of that. I would say we have done more in the last four years than we have seen in the the last 20 years.

“But it is a direction we are going to continue on and I think you will hear more about that this autumn.

“Reducing the gap between north and south, or London and the rest might be a better way of putting it, is an absolute driving mission of the Conservative Government, and a Conservative ambition we should enshrine in all that we do.”

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