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Taxation and Spending after the Scottish Referendum

On 17 April 2013 the British Academy held an invitation-only Policy Forum to discuss the taxation, public spending and block grant scenarios that could unfold after the referendum on Scottish independence. The intention of this forum was to discuss what future lies ahead for the Barnett Formula (allocating block grant to Wales and Northern Ireland) if Scotland were to leave the United Kingdom altogether, or in the event that the Calman report is acted upon, bringing the Scotland Act into force. Other key issues which were discussed include the future of formula funding for services relating to health, education and local government in England.

This forum, the first of three British Academy forums on the issues surrounding Scottish independence, forms part of a series of events held in conjunction with the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


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Delegates

Professor Alan Alexander OBE FRSE, University of Strathclyde
Dr Angus Armstrong, NIESR
Christopher Batchelor, Home Office
Professor Lord Paul Bew, Queen’s University, Belfast
Professor Robert Black QC FRSA FRSE, University of Edinburgh
Andrew Bocking, Office of Mark Lazarowicz MP
Wayne David MP, House of Commons
Tom Dooley, Home Office
Paul Doyle, Devolved Countries Unit, HM Treasury
Dr William Duncan, Royal Society of Edinburgh
Eleanor Emberson, Finance Directorate, Scottish Government
Professor Jim Gallagher CB FRSE, Glasgow University
Helen Haggart, British Academy
Professor Robert Hazell CBE, UCL Constitution Unit
Elizabeth Hemsley, Royal Society of Edinburgh
Graeme Herbert, Royal Society of Edinburgh
Charles Hotham, Constitution Group, Cabinet Office
Paul Johnson, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Peter Jones, The Times Scotland/The Economist
Professor Michael Keating FBA, University of Aberdeen
Duma Langton, Scottish Affairs & Northern Ireland Affairs Committees, House of Commons
Carolyn Magill, Office of the Advocate General
Jamiesha Majevadia, British Academy
Richard McAllister, University of Edinburgh
Professor Iain McLean FBA, University of Oxford
Jeremy Purvis, Devo Plus
Kate Spencer Constitution Group, Cabinet Office
Alan Trench, University of Edinburgh/UCL Constitution Unit
Professor Neil Walker FBA, University of Edinburgh
Eliot Wilson, Scottish Affairs Committee
Caroline Winchester, European Commission, Scotland

Gerald Holtham, former Chair of the Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales, Principles for distributing block grant around the UK (Mr Holtham's remarks were summarised by Professor McLean)
Paul Doyle, HM Treasury, The cross-HMG programme of analysis to date
Paul Johnson, Institute for Fiscal Studies, ‘The future of the UK and Scotland’

Hosted by Professor Iain McLean FBA and chaired by Professor Lord Paul Bew.

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