Sunday, 5 October 2014

Poll Shows "Overwhelming" Support for Extensive New Powers


The SNP is today welcoming a new poll showing overwhelming majorities across supporters of all political parties in favour of extensive new powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Findings from the Panelbase poll, carried out between 29 September and 1 October and commissioned by the SNP, found that 71 per cent of people support control over all tax raised in Scotland, 75 per cent support control over all welfare and benefits – while 65 per cent support control of policy on the state pension, 66 per cent support control over all areas of government policy except foreign affairs and defence, 68 per cent support control of oil and gas revenue generated in Scottish waters, and 54 per cent support control over broadcasting.

In addition, an overwhelming 72 per cent of those asked said that there should be a guaranteed consultation by the UK Government with the Scottish Government when deciding the UK’s stance in European negotiations.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said:

"These are extraordinarily positive findings, showing strong support for extensive new powers - including control of all taxation and the welfare system in Scotland - right across Scottish society and across the political spectrum. There is also overwhelming support for the Scottish Government to be consulted about the UK's stance in European negotiations.

"In the referendum, 45 per cent voted for independence, and Westminster promised 'extensive new powers' to the 55 per cent who voted No. It is clear that people want the fullest possible transfer of powers from Westminster to Scotland, so that we are able to use our abundant resources to build a fairer, more prosperous society."
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