A summary of the Scottish Police Federation's submission to the Smith Commission. The full report can be found here.
The Scottish Police Federation believes it is in the interests of the people of Scotland to have a parliament with all necessary powers to ensure it can deliver the best possible life chances for our citizens, regardless of where they happen to live or how rich or poor they happen to be.
The Scottish Police Federation believes the Commission should endorse a statement that it is iniquitous that the Scottish people cannot directly determine the global funding arrangements for the Scottish Parliament.
The Scottish Police Federation believes the dates within which the Commission is expected to deliver were superficially determined and provide an unrealistic time frame in which to properly consider and evaluate any submissions that it receives.
The Scottish Police Federation believes the Commission should be able to continue its considerations beyond St Andrew's Night and if required to be able to make recommendations for draft clauses beyond Burns’ Night.
The Scottish Police Federation believes the Commission should make clear that regardless of its recommendations, there are no guarantees these will be delivered.
The Scottish Police Federation supports the view expressed by the Prime Minister that all options for devolution are possible and believes this statement should be the basis upon which this, and any future discussions on Scottish devolution is based.
The Scottish Police Federation believes that it is incumbent on all parties to set aside their pre referendum positions and work towards delivering proposals that will best deliver for the citizens of Scotland.
The Scottish Police Federation believes that ALL UK spending decisions should clearly identify by each budget line, the proportions of spending drawn from borrowings, income tax, national insurance, corporation tax, excise duties and any other clearly identifiable income stream.
The Scottish Police Federation believes that Scottish MPs should retain the ability to vote on any matter which may have a budgetary consideration or consequence for Scotland.
The Scottish Police Federation believes that any budget in England & Wales which is made up in any part from funding sources which are in themselves contributed to by the citizens in the devolved nations should continue to attract full Barnett consequentials.
The Scottish Police Federation believes that unless the relationship between the Scottish Parliament and Annually Managed Expenditure is addressed, that 'control' over income tax will prove to give the appearance of more powers without actually delivering so.
The Scottish Police Federation believes that Barnett bypass is manifestly unfair, deprives devolved administrations of funding that could be utilised to tackle social injustice and that in future only spending on defence, foreign affairs and the administration of the state should be capable of being categorised as being of UK wide significance.
The Scottish Police Federation asks the Commission to ask itself that if the further powers under consideration for transfer to the Scottish Parliament will not help address poverty and its associated devastating consequences, whether these powers go far enough?
The Scottish Police Federation believes that the greatest opportunity for public sector workers to be fairly rewarded and remunerated for the priceless role they perform in our society rests with increased powers for the Scottish Parliament.
The Scottish Police Federation believes that cutting investment in the public sector actively undermines communities and stymies opportunities for growth and prosperity.
The Scottish Police Federation believes the Scottish Parliament should have full policy as well as legislative responsibility for public sector pensions in Scotland.
The Scottish Police Federation believes ALL revenues raised through the imposition of fines or proceeds of crime seizures (without limitation) should be retained in Scotland to provide the Scottish Government with additional resources to help those who need them most.
The Scottish Police Federation believes absolute authority and responsibility for counter terrorism policing in Scotland should rest with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland.
The Scottish Police Federation believes the Scottish Parliament should have full policy and legislative responsibility on all matters that are ultimately enforceable through the courts in Scotland.