Nicola Sturgeon Tweet’s pay rise for NHS Staff of 9% over 3 years

Nichola Sturgeon announces a 9% pay rise for NHS Staff. For those earning under £80,000 however, all is not as rosy as it seems. When playing the percentage game. Those workers at the lower pay grade scale get very little. Whilst those at the top of their pay grade £80,000 will gain significantly.

 

Therefore, a senior health professional earning £80,000 pa will be £7,200 better off after 3 years, a nurse earning £26,000 pa will be £2,340.00. However, this is subject to, tax and national insurance and increased pension rate. We feel that the upper level should be reduced to £40,000 and the rate increased to 11%. this we would be a fairer system. that re-dresses the balance and distributes the wealth where it’s needed

One has to ask is this a Blairite ploy to buy votes for independence…?

Where is the money coming from to pay for this….?

Independence….! Should the SNP call for another referendum on Independence…?

On September 18th, 2014, Scotland voted against Independence in favour of remaining in the UK.

The vote was quite conclusive with 55.3% voting to remain in the UK and 47.4% of Scots voting for independence.

on 23 June 2016 the  UK and Gibraltar voted to  for leaving the EU

The vote this time, however, was not so conclusive. With 51.9% of voters voting to leave the EU and 48.9% voting to remain.

What is really interesting, is that very few people in Scotland, voted to leave the EU. The majority of Scots voted to remain in Europe. (see map below & key)

 

This has left many of the Scots now asking for another referendum on Independence.

A background to devolution

On the 11th September 1997 a referendum was held to establish the level of support for a Scottish Parliament, and for such a Parliament to have powers to vary the rate of income tax.

The vote was counted as 74% voting in favour of a Scottish Parliament and 63% voting for Parliament to have powers to vary the basic rate of income tax.

This led to to the introduction by the UK Government of the “Scotland Bill” which received Royal Assent on the 19th November 1998 and became the Scotland Act 1998. Elections were held on the 6th May 1999 and the powers previously exercised by the Secretary of State for Scotland and other UK ministers were transferred to Scottish ministers on July 1st, 1999. The same day that the Scottish Parliament was officially convened

 

 

The Scotland Act 1998 in brief  

The Scotland Act 1998 made provision for a Scottish Parliament and a Scottish Government, who would be accountable to the Scottish Parliament. It is important to note that the Act does not specify, which matters are devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Rather it specifies those matters that are reserved to the UK Parliament

In other words, matters which are reserved. Are matters that the Scottish Parliament cannot debate or amend. i.e have “No Control Over”

The list is as follows:

Reserved Matters

  • The Constitution
  • Foreign Affaires
  • Defence
  • International Development
  • The Civil Service
  • Financial and Economic matters
  • Immigration and Nationality
  • Misuse of drugs
  • Trade and Industry
  • Aspects of energy regulation (e.g electricity, coal, oil and gas and also nuclear energy)
  • Employment
  • Social Security
  • Abortion, Genetics, Surrogacy, Medicines
  • Broadcasting
  • Equal Opportunities

Devolved Matters:

(matters that the Scottish Parliament have jurisdiction on)

  • Health & Social Work
  • Education & Training
  • Local Government & Housing
  • Justice & Policing
  • Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
  • The Environment
  • Tourism, Sport, & Heritage
  • Economic development & Internal Transport