Many voters are unaware of new powers conferred to Scotland via the Scotland Act 2012 – here’s a rough guide…
Based on the findings of the Calman Commission the Scotland Act 2012 this Act is now law and will confer new powers to Holyrood Parliament effective 2016.
These powers include:
MSPs setting income tax rates in Scotland
Enable Holyrood to borrow more money – up to £ 5 billion.
Powers over air guns, drink-driving and speeding limits
Devolve stamp duty, land tax and landfill tax, and give the Scottish Parliament a role in appointments in broadcasting and the Crown Estate.
New procedures for Scottish criminal cases that go to the UK Supreme Court.
Bill officially became law after receiving Royal Assent, but Holyrood will not be able to use the new powers until 2016.
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