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    1. April 29, 2016

      Q&A: Tax devolution in the UK

      Local elections across England on May 5 have been overshadowed by June’s referendum on EU membership. On the same day,...

    2. April 29, 2016

      Ukip expects Welsh windfall in assembly elections

      Neil Hamilton saw his career as a Tory MP come to a crashing halt in 1997 after becoming embroiled in the...

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    1. March 24, 2016

      Scots dodged disaster by staying in UK, say SNP opponents

      If Alex Salmond had had his way, March 24 would have been Scotland’s independence day. But instead of the sound of...

    2. March 9, 2016

      Oil prices hit Scotland’s tax takings

      Scotland’s tax revenues per person have fallen below the UK average for the first time in more than three decades,...

    3. March 1, 2016

      SNP pledges more generous benefits regime than rest of UK

      Scotland will introduce more generous benefits when it gains greater control over welfare next year and will treat...

    4. February 24, 2016

      Osborne’s tax proposals could leave Wales worse off

      Wales potentially stands to lose hundreds of millions of pounds over a parliament because George Osborne’s move to...

    5. February 23, 2016

      UK and Scotland seal funding deal

      The Scottish and UK governments have sealed a deal over future funding arrangements that had threatened to delay the...

    6. February 12, 2016

      Bristol, Cardiff and Newport launch ‘Great Western Cities’

      Bristol has become the latest UK city to brand itself an economic powerhouse, but a leading local business organisation...

    7. February 2, 2016

      Scottish Labour proposes income tax rise

      The Scottish Labour party has proposed to raise income tax by a penny, as it tries to jump-start its demoralised troops...

    8. February 1, 2016

      Bring back Welsh bank notes, says Plaid Cymru

      Owain Glyndwr, David Lloyd George, Aneurin Bevan . . . These could be the great figures adorning bank notes in Wales if...

    9. January 13, 2016

      SNP will not sign Scotland Bill without concessions on finances

      Nicola Sturgeon will not sign a bill to devolve power to Scotland unless the Treasury agrees to account for...

    10. December 21, 2015

      SNP comes under attack for centralising power

      Since the Scottish parliament reopened in 1999, 292 years after the Act of Union, more attention has been paid to the...

    11. December 17, 2015

      Scotland budget criticised as too austere

      With its cautious use of new powers and emulation of UK Conservative policies, Scotland’s 2016-17 budget offered more...

    12. December 16, 2015

      Scottish budget follows George Osborne’s example

      Scotland will follow the Conservative government at Westminster by raising tax on the purchase of some properties and...

    13. December 15, 2015

      Scotland to set out its own income tax rates

      Scotland will break new ground when it sets out its own income tax rate for the first time on Wednesday, in a...

    14. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: devolved administrations face modest cuts

      George Osborne has cut the grants for day-to-day spending by the UK’s devolved administrations, with Scotland, Wales...

    15. November 17, 2015

      Northern Ireland pulls back from the brink

      Northern Ireland has been pulled back from the brink of collapse after its political leaders reached a deal to resolve...

    16. November 2, 2015

      Government to propose extra welfare powers for Scotland

      David Mundell is to propose changes to the Scotland Bill this week, as the Scottish secretary attempts to rebut...

    17. October 29, 2015

      Durham council to poll voters on devolution deal

      A devolution agreement signed on Friday has been thrown into confusion after one of the signatory councils said it...

    18. October 12, 2015

      Holyrood to get new ‘top up’ powers over welfare

      The Scottish government will receive new powers to “top up” social security benefits as UK ministers consider...

    19. October 8, 2015

      Gordon Brown accuses government of betrayal over Scottish powers

      Gordon Brown has accused the Conservative government of failing to live up to promises of new powers for Scotland, a...

    20. October 4, 2015

      Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson optimistic about Holyrood poll

      Like thirsty travellers in a desert, the Scottish Conservatives have, in recent years, often seen shimmering mirages of...

    21. September 20, 2015

      Business frustrated that N Irish deadlock is delaying investment

      Northern Ireland risks missing the opportunity to set its own corporate tax levels because the political crisis at...

    22. September 18, 2015

      The SNP should stop plotting for another vote

      Even before she became leader of the Scottish National party, Nicola Sturgeon has struggled to acknowledge what “once a...

    23. September 18, 2015

      UK prime minister and Scots leader to clash on new plebiscite

      One year after Scots rejected independence, David Cameron will say it is “time to move on” from the vote, while Nicola...

    24. September 17, 2015

      A year after Scottish vote, Unionists fear for the future

      For Tommy MacKay, the anniversary of Scotland’s independence referendum is a chance to celebrate the day his...

    25. September 17, 2015

      UK rejects calls for still more Scottish devolution

      A year after Scotland’s referendum on independence, the UK government dismissed calls for more sweeping devolution,...

    26. September 15, 2015

      Nothing can save the Scottish unionists except losing

      The first proposal for a referendum in Britain came in 1890, from a constitutional lawyer named AV Dicey. A vehement...

    27. September 11, 2015

      Dozens of UK towns and cities embrace devolution offer

      Dozens of British towns and cities have taken up George Osborne’s offer to bid for new powers as ministers vowed to let...

    28. September 4, 2015

      SNP commits to halving tax on flights

      Scottish travellers will enjoy lower taxes on flying from 2018, although taxpayers remain in the dark over changes to...

    29. August 31, 2015

      The SNP’s incompetence as a party of government

      Next May, the people of Scotland will vote in elections for the Holyrood parliament. If the polls are anything to go...

    30. August 27, 2015

      Scottish National party call for federal BBC causes alarm

      Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a radical reorganisation of the BBC to create new dedicated television and radio stations...

    31. August 2, 2015

      SNP must tone down the stunts and get serious

      In a referendum nearly a year ago, Scots opted against independence from the United Kingdom. But for supporters of the...

    32. July 28, 2015

      SNP rejects claim that Cameron could block second referendum

      The Scottish National party has angrily dismissed suggestions that the prime minister could block a second referendum...

    33. July 3, 2015

      Cameron’s dangerous plan on English votes

      When Scotland voted to reject independence last year many assumed that the United Kingdom had been saved and the issue...

    34. July 2, 2015

      SNP mocks Evel plans for Commons bills

      The Scottish National party has mocked the government over its proposals to give English MPs a veto over laws affecting...

    35. Off Message

      July 2, 2015

      The consequences of 'English Votes for English Laws'

      In a devolution debate in 1977, Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP for West Lothian asked: For how long will English...

    36. June 15, 2015

      Scots nationalists seek greater powers over tax, jobs and welfare

      The Scottish government has called for “substantial and serious discussions” with UK ministers on greater powers for...

    37. June 14, 2015

      SNP lies in wait for chance to force second referendum

      Scottish National party ministers were drawing up plans as last month’s election approached to pressure a minority...

    38. June 14, 2015

      SNP threatens to call another independence referendum

      The Scottish National party has threatened to call for another vote to break up the UK unless the government agrees to...

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