PARLIAMENTARY UPDATES - Latest Update: 31 October

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POST-REFERENDUM STATEMENT FROM FIRST MINISTER ALEX SALMOND

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SCPO Briefing Papers Photos from the Christian Aid Tax Justice Bus tour of the Scottish Parliament

Read the latest SCPO briefing on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill. It outlines the main points of the Bill and highlights areas that may be of of interest to Churches in Scotland.

The Smith Commission Lord Smith of Kelvin

Following the referendum vote on 18 September 2014, Scotland will remain as part of the United Kingdom with its own Parliament. There is a willingness, shared by all five of Scotland’s political parties, to strengthen the powers of the Scottish Parliament within the UK.

On 19 September, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Lord Smith of Kelvin had agreed to oversee the process to take forward the devolution commitments on further powers for the Scottish Parliament. 

Smith Commission website

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UK General Election 2015

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