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Devolution 'Roadshow' Begins

Magazine article Public Finance

Devolution 'Roadshow' Begins

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Members of the Scottish commission on devolution have begun holding a series of meetings across the UK to assess opinion on the powers of the devolved Holyrood Parliament.

The Calman commission 'roadshow' follows the passing of the initial deadline for written submissions. It is part of an engagement strategy', which the chair, Sir Kenneth Caiman, sees as a vital element of consultation.

'Written evidence isn't enough,' Caiman said. 'We need to speak to people, we need to find out what really matters and how the devolution settlement can be adapted to meet those needs.'

The commission, set up by opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament to review how devolution works within the UK framework, will hold its first meeting south of the border in Newcastle on November 19.

The original venue was Berwick-on-Tweed, but the commission said that it had received a number of requests 'for us to engage with England more widely'. As a result, it moved the event to provide a larger meeting place and attract people from a wider area. …

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