Following the referendum vote on 18 September 2014, Scotland will remain as part of the United Kingdom with its own Parliament. On 19 September, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Lord Smith of Kelvin had agreed to oversee the process to take forward the devolution commitments on further powers for the Scottish Parliament.
“Following the referendum we have a willingness, shared by all five of Scotland’s main political parties, to strengthen the powers of the Scottish Parliament, within the UK. […] My job is to create a process through which politicians, civic institutions and the Scottish public can come together, work together and agree the detail of what those powers should be. […] To that end, I am working to one aim: to produce a unifying set of proposals by the 30 November 2014.”
– Lord Smith of Kelvin
The voice, opinions and ideas of the people of Scotland on what powers should be devolved to strengthen the Scottish Parliament within the UK matter deeply. Lord Smith has asked intermediaries and networks – the campaign and community groups, civic society organisations and institutions that already speak to and for people across Scotland – to bring together proposals and views of their members and feed them into the process.
During Community Week a small group were asked to come up with a submission on behalf of the Community. You can read this submission by clicking on the link below.The Iona Community submission to the Smith Commission on Devolution