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Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution$
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Nicholas Bamforth and Peter Leyland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670024.001.0001

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Multi-Layered Constitutional Accountability and the Re-financing of Territorial Governance in the UK

Multi-Layered Constitutional Accountability and the Re-financing of Territorial Governance in the UK

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(p.309) 13 Multi-Layered Constitutional Accountability and the Re-financing of Territorial Governance in the UK
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Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution
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Peter Leyland

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670024.003.0013

This chapter explains how devolution has had a major impact on the role of the Westminster Parliament as an oversight body as well as transforming constitutional accountability at sub-national level by establishing a new democratically elected institutional framework based on a Parliament in Scotland and Assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland. A contrast is drawn between the approach to establishing financial accountability for devolution and for local government. The impact of financial allocation under the Barnett formula is discussed. Finally, it is argued that, although the reforms under the Scotland Act 2012 and Localism Act 2011 seek to establish greater financial accountability, including links between tax and spend in Scotland, the concurrent cuts in public expenditure imposed by central government are likely to undermine fundamental assumptions over the uniform state provision of services throughout the UK.

Keywords:   Westminster Parliament, devolution, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly, Barnett formula, constitutional accountability, financial accountability, tax and spend, provision of services, Scotland Act 2012, Localism Act 2011

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