Responding to the recommendations of the Smith Commission that Scottish Parliament will be given new powers over income tax and welfare spending, Alexandra Runswick, Director of Unlock Democracy said:
“We welcome further devolved powers for Scotland, especially as the powers granted by the Smith Commission reflect what Scottish people have said they want. The referendum presented an opportunity for a citizen-led conversation about how where power should lie. There are many ideas about how power could be decentralised in the UK, but so far only Scotland has had the opportunity to have a say.
“The Smith Commission was a top-down process, only pertaining to one part of the UK. It has raised questions about decentralisation and power, and the public should be involved in determining these issues. These conversations are already going on in communities up and down the country. What we need now is a Constitutional Convention, bringing people and politicians together to agree how we should be governed. This would present a more democratic option than allowing politicians to make decisions behind closed doors: the people of the UK should be involved in deciding where power should lie."