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Expert Group to Advise on Scottish Tax Plans

Magazine article Public Finance

Expert Group to Advise on Scottish Tax Plans

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The UK government is to press ahead with the introduction of new taxraising powers for Scotland.

Revenue & Customs is to set up an expert group of advisers to work out implementation details of the new powers for Scotland, which were proposed in last year's report by Sir Kenneth Caiman's Commission on Scottish Devolution.

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy, together with Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne, said in Edinburgh on March 1 that the R&C group would advise on technical and practical implementations'.

Byrne said: These are radical changes and we'll introduce legislation in the next Parliament as a matter of priority.'

Murphy said the group will include professional and tax advisers 'and will help take forward the [Caiman] recommendations as well as ensuring a stronger Scotland plays Hs full role in a stronger Union'.

The decision to establish the group came In the week that a leading think-tank reported evidence of a mounting English backlash over the share of spending allocated to Scotland. …

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