Concerted Opposition from the Devolved Institutions

Betsan points us to a pretty significant joint declaration of the three devolved institutions.

“That the three devolved administrations believe the impending cuts in public spending run the risk of delivering economic and social harm shouldn’t be news to you.That the leaders of the three devolved administrations have signed a joint declaration saying so, very bluntly, is, as one senior source in Cardiff Bay put it, “massive”.”

“They say, “We believe that promoting economic growth is the best way to restore the health of our public finances and this must be our overriding priority.
“Only when there is clear evidence that the recovery is well established, and can be sustained, should significant fiscal tightening be implemented.””
Betsan concludes: 

“In other words: even it out a bit; spread the pain and don’t risk tipping us all into recession.

We think you’re getting it wrong. Our governments think you’re getting it wrong. We think your plans will harm our economies and we’re standing together to tell you so.”
BBC Scotland have the full declaration.

The text is written in a constructive fashion but the message is clear – involve us in the process, don’t just impose the outcome.


  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Will Middle-England soon be revolting?

  • Brian Walker

    This time they may be going with the grain of events according to the FT story “Move to Delay UK Spending Cuts.”

    “The Treasury is working on plans to “reprofile” spending cuts next April, spreading the pain of deficit reduction more evenly over the next few years, senior Whitehall officials have told the Financial Times.

    Confronted with the difficulties of quickly cutting spending – including financial penalties for breaking contracts and redundancy costs – ministers have been forced to consider delaying some of the big savings until later in this parliament.

    (The Treasury) it would not confirm that the spending review on October 20 would maintain the £23bn ( misprint – £32m) spending cuts in 2011-12, rising to £83bn a year cuts by 2014-15. This week it has already become clear that many of the cuts will be difficult to start in 2011-12.

    The withdrawal of child benefit from higher-rate taxpayers is set to be implemented only in 2013-14. The government cannot walk away from its existing defence contracts, such as the two new aircraft carriers, without penalties. The universal credit, to replace many existing benefits, will not start until late 2013 at the earliest. And plans to introduce higher tuition fees for students will not be ready until later in the parliament.

    There is no doubt that most of the £32bn of spending cuts and tax rises set for 2011-12 will still be implemented, but the fiscal consolidation might be delayed without undermining the government’s ambition to eliminate the current structural deficit before the next election, scheduled in 2015”.

  • Dewi

    On a philosophical point the Devolved Adminstrations need to point out that the economic dependence on London is not healthy. It overheats and is expensive to build in. Compared to the diverse economies of say Germany and Spain it cannot be good.
    I went to listen to Rhodri Morgan the other week – he says France is worse…but so far worse that people have to move out of Paris because it’s even more relatively expensive than London’s property market thus spreading prosperity a little.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    With due repsect to the boy Rodders I think the idea that France is more dependent on Paris than Britian is on London a little difficult to believe.

  • Dewi

    Worth a read Sammy. Seems to avoid overheating through over pricing property.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    Yes interesting and quite suprising (to me) I wonder what the public/private split in employment and GDP is and how it compares to London.