Arguments FOR and AGAINST devolution

Politics AS: argument and explanations for and against the UK's devolution

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Arguments FOR devolution (1)

MAKES GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT

  • government would become more efficient and effective as each country would deal with its own issues and could concentrate its work accordingly.
  • this would have a positive impact on central government as it would not be burdened with so much work and could concentrate on the bigger nation issues
  • its time would not be taken up with decisions that would only effect a certain region
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Argument FOR devolution (2)

BETTER SERVE PEOPLES LOYALTIES

  • Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own distinctive cultures which are not shared elsewhere in the UK
  • to expect the people who live in these regions to accept laws and decisions made in Westminster is wrong and irrational
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Arguments FOR devolution (3)

ARGUMENTS FOR DEVOLUTION IN SCOTLAND

  • London is physically remote from Scotland
  • Scotland have particular economic needs that are not met by UK policy
  • Scotland wants higher levels of welfare services which they should implement and bear the additional costs themselves
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Arguments AGAINST devolution (1)

COST OF ESTABLISHING A NEW TIER

  • the cost of establishing something that is already done in London would be too much
  • too much money for what you get in the end result

 

 

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Arguments AGAINST devolution (2)

INCREASES DIFFICULTIES OF ADMINISTRATION

  • requires extra staff
  • extra paperwork
  • everything would have to go through another set of people
  • would be inefficient and expensive
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Arguments AGAINST devolution (3)

EXTRA TIERS MAY LEAD TO INCREASED DELAYS

  • can cause problems with decisions that are wanted by regions but no supported by central government
  • confusion as nobody knows who to go to when there is a problem
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Arguments AGAINST devolution (4)

LACK OF REGIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • lack of experience could lead to delays
  • central government has decades of experience in decision making, but a new government would not
  • more confusion as there are more layers of government
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Arguments AGAINST devolution (5)

FIRST STEP TO COMPLETE INDEPENDENCE

  • devolution would cause the break up of the UK and more/complete independence
  • could cause other places to want more power for themselves
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