Representation with others Taxation – Fiscal Powers for NI?

In the talks to restore power sharing, much focus has been placed on the need to reform the petition of concern (“PoC”). In the wake of financial incompetence and questions over the entire structure of the Stormont apparatus, the PoC was invoked over 100 times from 2011-15 to simply block legislative and procedural progress at the assembly. There was even an invocation of the PoC to avoid ministerial scrutiny, something unheard of in any other modern democracy. The PoC has …

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Today London, perhaps it’s time for another naming of parts.

No further comment, but to quote Alex Massie in obvious frustration with an elite London commentariat that seems to understand less and less of how the wider country works… We’ve just had two years of intensive constitutional politics. Time enough, you’d think, for even London-based politicians and commentators to work out how British politics actually works. But if you think that you’d be wrong. Very wrong. Consider out old friend the Barnett Formula. Antiquated and not entirely fit for purpose – …

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Barnett formula bonus won’t last

The present and future  cuts may seem tough – and they are – but here I belatedly post the good news from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), s that they could be much worse, were it not for a” flaw “ in the Barnett formula for allocating the block grant.  The calculations presented in this paper suggest that these flaws have resulted in Scotland receiving around £400 million more and Northern Ireland around £130 million more in funding this …

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