Scottish devolution: Time to re-boot

By George Thorley | 09 February 2024

2024 marks 25 years of the Scottish Parliament. Although devolution has delivered much for the Scottish public, its communities and Scottish businesses, the negative feature of devolution has been a weakening of local democracy through centralisation of power, functions and services, especially from councils to Holyrood.

Is this what devolution was to be all about – creating an excessively centralised state?  We think not. It’s time for an informed debate in Scotland on the next stage of our devolution journey.

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