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Poverty group launches online survey

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​Online survey seeks views on enhanced devolution

An anti-poverty group has set-up an online survey to gauge people’s views on enhanced devolution.

The Smith Commission is currently consulting on what extra powers the country will gain with the possibility that taxation and welfare powers could be enhanced.

The Poverty Allianceis now seeking the views of the public as well as third sector groups to contribute to the debate.

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said devolution of any new legislation must be about more than a simple transfer of powers from Westminster to Holyrood; they should work alongside existing powers to improve the lives of people in Scotland experiencing poverty.

“The Poverty Alliance has launched this survey because we are keen to hear from as many people as possible on what powers they think Scotland needs to tackle poverty,” he said.

“The survey asks a range of questions regarding the devolution of social security, taxation and employment.

“It is clear that there is a drive for change in Scotland and we are now trying to harness this energy in a meaningful way.

“We want to see powers devolved to Scotland, that will work for the people of Scotland and can be used in the fight against poverty.”

Due to tight deadlines reposnses must be submitted by 23 October.

 

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