Scotland seeks views on Crown Estate devolution

A consultation to decide the future of Scotland’s Crown Estate opened yesterday. The Scottish Government is seeking views on how best to manage and devolve the lands owned by the group, which includes much of the country’s foreshore and seabed. The consultation will run until 29th March. It follows calls from those who suggested the […]

George Osborne to chair Northern Powerhouse think tank

Former Chancellor George Osborne has taken up a new job as chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. The think tank will bring together businesses and politicians to commission research, share ideas and aim to hold the government to press ahead with devolution for the north. Mr Osborne, who championed the idea of the creating the […]

Wales to get power over fracking

Wales will be given the power to make decisions on fracking and a wide range of other energy projects under a devolution package unveiled by David Cameron and Nick Clegg. That means Welsh ministers could go ahead with the moratorium on fracking, which it announced last month. Making the announcement at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, the […]

Hands off our sea say Scots

Scotland should have control over its seabed so it can exploit its assets for Scottish people said Alex Salmond today. The First Minister said the Crown Estate should devolve responsibility and rights to the seas around Scotland to the devolved Government in a deal worth millions. The Crown Estate owns rights to UK territorial waters […]