Provides for independence referendum in autumn 2014 – with provisions for the date of the referendum, the franchise and procedures to be followed. With oversight arrangements "to the highest international standards" featuring the Electoral Commission.
The only statutory annual bill, this provides parliamentary approval for the Government's spending plans – "supporting progress towards its purpose of creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish through economic growth".
Seen as a reaction to anger over steel contracts for the new Forth Crossing going overseas, it will establish a legislative framework which is "transparent, proportionate, fair and business-friendly".
Intended to modernise bankruptcy law to ensure access to fair processes of debt relief and management, creating debt solutions that are fair to both debtor and creditor.
Seeks regulation that is "transparent, accountable, proportionate, and targeted only at cases where action is needed". It will provide national regulation and measures to further reform planning.
Land and Buildings Transaction Tax
Flows from the Calman proposals being passed when Westminster legislated for the Scotland Act earlier this year. Sets out how the replacement for Stamp Duty Land Tax will operate under a Scottish-based approach which matches Scots Law and practices.
Another follow-on from the Scotland Act, which transferred control of landfill tax to Holyrood. It puts in place a replacement for landfill tax in Scotland, establishing the rules governing a uniquely Scottish landfill tax.
Adult Health & Social Care Integration
Will reform health and social care services, establishing integration between partners to deliver nationally agreed outcomes. It will establish joint accountability by health boards and local authorities for delivery, planning and budgets.
Children and Young People
This puts in place a framework for services to children and young people. It will increase transparency and accountability around the public sector's approach to children's rights, and make provision to deliver a minimum of 600 hours free early learning and childcare.
Post-16 Education Reform
Provides a legal basis for aspects of the Government's reforms to further and higher education. It should make the system better aligned to the needs of learners and employers, driving growth.
Forth Estuary Transport Authority
This will abolish the joint board that maintains the existing bridge and put to competitive tender the contract for an operating company to manage and maintain the old and new crossings and approach roads.
Marriage and Civil Partnership
Alows same-sex couples to marry, and allows civil partnerships to be registered through a religious ceremony. It will ensure no religious bodies or celebrants are forced to take part in such ceremonies.
Victims and Witnesses
Aims to improve the support available for victims and witnesses, putting victims' interests at the heart of the justice system. It will widen access to special measures (such as CCTV links) to protect vulnerable witnesses.
This will establish a simplified framework for all tribunals that determine matters falling within devolved competence. It will bring together existing tribunals, which currently operate in a disparate manner, and establish a new system for appeals to create a more user-focused and coherent system.
Modernises investigation and prosecution of crime following the expert reviews of Lord Carloway and Sheriff Principal Bowen. It is intended to put Scotland at the forefront of human rights practice for both suspects and accused.
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