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NUS Scotland calls for more powers to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament

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NUS Scotland has submitted evidence to the Smith Commission’s consultation on the devolution of further powers to the Scottish Parliament. 

In the submission, NUS Scotland outlines its support for the devolution of more financial, welfare and taxation powers to the Scottish Parliament, and believe the outcome of the Commission should be tested, via a citizen-led process, against the will of the Scottish electorate.
 
NUS Scotland, our student association membership, and students across Scotland were heavily involved in the referendum and ensuring that students and young people were engaged in the debate and able to fully participate in the referendum itself.
 
The very high turnout, and unprecedented engagement from people from all backgrounds and ages, is a fantastic testament to the work of many organisations across Scotland.
 
Given the huge engagement seen in the referendum, we are very concerned by the timetable of the Smith Commission and of the introduction of new legislation.
 
After 85% of people turned out to vote, we cannot allow the people to be locked out of what happens next.
 
Crucially, we believe that union should not mean uniformity. Scotland made the decision to stay within the Union, but this should not mean that the people of Scotland, or people in the rest of the UK, need to accept uniformity across key areas including immigration, tax, benefits, equalities, employment rights or electoral administration.

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