Glasgow games will see crackdown on ticket touts

Hampden stadium With events like athletics expected to be popular, prosecutors have issued a warning to ticket touts

Scotland's senior prosecutor has warned tough action will be taken against anyone trying to make "a fast buck" out of Glasgow 2014.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland has instructed his colleagues to use the full range of their powers to crack down of fraud.

He said the move was needed to protect the interests of legitimate businesses and their employees.

Ticket touts and those selling counterfeit goods are to be targeted.

Mr Mulholland said: "I have no doubt the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be the greatest ever held. Legitimate businesses in Scotland and their staff who have worked hard to make the games a success rightly stand to reap huge benefits.

"Anyone who thinks they can make an easy fast buck from the Games by committing fraud whether it is ticket touting or counterfeiting should be aware that prosecutors have a range of powerful laws to ensure that can't happen."

Mr Mulholland added: " Anyone who attempts to disrupt the Games by operating con schemes or committing public disorder crimes should also be aware that the lowest level they will be prosecuted at is the Sheriff Court, where they could face sentences of up to five years in jail and an unlimited fine."

He also revealed that those found guilty of crimes such as counterfeiting and ticket touting can also be prosecuted using proceeds of crime legislation because they are deemed to be "lifestyle offences".

The announcement has been welcomed by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC).

SBRC Director Mandy Haeburn-Little said: "Counterfeit goods damage the economy. They are bad for the buyer and they harm the community in a whole range of ways.

"Not only is the quality often extremely poor but at worst items can be dangerous and, sadly, often produced in the shadow economy."

She added: "We all want to see Scotland as a safe, attractive and fun place to be during the Commonwealth Games and beyond and we all want residents and visitors to enjoy the very best quality that Scotland has to offer."

More on This Story

Glasgow 2014

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Glasgow & West

Weather

Glasgow

9 °C 5 °C

Smith Commission Live

  1.  
    BBC's Charter Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Formal consultative role for Scot Gov and Scot Parl "in the process of reviewing the BBC's Charter" #smithcommission.

    Report says "strongly" believe abortion powers should be devolved and want "immediate" process to further consider #smithcommission

     
  2.  
    newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk Reaction: By email

    Chris Hegarty: Some nice headlines from the Smith Commission but scratch beneath the surface and it's just tinkering with issues such as welfare. I don't have any party allegiance but as a voter who wanted more powers I'm surprised, underwhelmed and disappointed.

    David, Glasgow: This is nothing like Devo Max, nor the 'home rule close to federalism' that Scots were promised. The Tories, Lib Dems and Labour will dress it up like it is something more than it is. Scots have been cheated, you can guarantee by the time these plans have gone through Westminster they will have been watered down as much as possible.

    Paul: If Scottish parliament get powers to raise income tax, then the Scottish MPs in Westminster should not be setting the income tax levels for the rest of the UK. Believe the PM about English Laws for England only? No!

     
  3.  
    10:01: What Scotland deal would mean for UK James Landale Deputy political editor

    "If Scotland gets the powers promised to it by the Smith commission, the consequences will be felt across the whole of the United Kingdom.

    Yes voters

    "First, there will be increased demands for more devolution elsewhere.

    "Many English MPs will want a greater say at Westminster over legislation that only affects England. William Hague is chairing a cabinet committee to come up with plans to make this happen, plans that will be published in a few weeks' time."

    Read James' full analysis

     
  4.  
    Smith expects...

    Severin Carrell, The Guardian's Scotland correspondent, tweets: Lord Smith says @David_Cameron pledged this morning #smithcommission wld be implemented "in full"; Smith expects total package be accepted

     
  5.  
    Tweet using #smithcommission Reaction: On twitter

    Aamer Anwar: #smithcommission Just Recommendations, broken vows, no real powers 2eradicate poverty & at mercy of Westminster- BUSINESS AS USUAL.

    Stephen Crompton: You can't call this a win compared to what we could have had, not even a full step forward! A toe edged slightly closer? #smithcommission

    Pam Heinemeier: English votes for english laws was ALWAYS the favoured outcome of the Smith Commission.

    Andrew Smith: Whether or not everyone feels it goes far enough, it's fair to say #smithcommission represents a real and substantial change to devolution.

     
  6.  
    09:56: Life on the commission

    John Swinney described the Smith Commission as a "long and intense process".

    He adds: "There has been lots of cross words, and lots of laughter. It has not been an arduous process. Politicians can find some common ground.

    "What is helping us is we have had fabulous chairmanship from Lord Smith of Kelvin, who has delivered a tremendous service to Scotland in this process."

     
  7.  
    Tweet using #smithcommission Reaction: On twitter

    Glen O'Hara: #Sturgeon initial measures really raised my hopes for good governance in #Scotland. #SNP reaction to #smithcommission has dashed them again.

    Kirstein Rummery: #smithcommission delivered one of the most/devolved, accountable and autonomous fed settlement in the world - more tax & spend power than US.

    Iain Docherty: So Scotland can't even decide which taxes it wants. 'As close to federalism as it gets'? #smithcommission

     
  8.  
    'Not 100% shared devolution'

    Nicola Sturgeon, in a second tweet said: Para 75 of #smith report - 'income tax will remain a shared tax'. So not 100% devolution as spun by Westminster parties.

     
  9.  
    09:43: 'Not home rule'

    Mr Swinney said parties had to compromise in the Smith Commission, adding: "This agreement does not fulfil all of my expectations or my ambitions and more importantly it doesn't fulfil the expectations or ambitions of the people of Scotland".

    The deputy first minister said: "This is not what people were promised in the last days of the referendum, when Gordon Brown promised a system that would be delivered which would be as close to federalism as was possible.

    "We were promised modern home rule. That has not been delivered today."

     
  10.  
    Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets Licensing of onshore #oil and #gas extraction underlying Scotland will be devolved to Holyrood #smithcommision

     
  11.  
    Nicola Sturgeon tweets

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweets: I welcome all new powers - and pay tribute to Lord Smith - but 70% of our taxes and 85% of welfare staying at Westminster not real home rule

     
  12.  
    Tweet using #smithcommission Reaction: On twitter

    Gareth Clancy: more power for Scotland #SmithCommission on income tax & borrowing . Need strong "economic responsibility".

    Jim McLaughlin: Maggie Chapman, Greens justifiably angry with "collaborators." Can feel the hackles of the nation rising over #smithcommission sell-out.

    Rhiannon Valentine: Don't forget these are recommendations! We have no guarantee that this is what will actually be delivered. #SmithCommission

     
  13.  
    09:39: SNP disappointed over no job creating powers

    John Swinney, speaking on the BBC News Channel, said: "There are many aspects of this report which are welcome, which strengthen the powers of the Scottish parliament and give us the ability to tackle some of the issues that affect our citizens.

    "But what civic Scotland aspired for was the job creating powers that could transform our economy in Scotland, and control over the welfare system, over the minimum wage, over the things that would enable us to tackle the in-work poverty which is a central economic problem we face today and unfortunately we don't have those powers."

     
  14.  
    Tweet using #smithcommission Reaction: On twitter

    John Daly: #smithcommission launches the vehicle that will deliver independence.

    Jimmy Walker: Hoped for a more robust proposal from Smith Commission. What makes it through Commons will be mere lip service.

    Allan Williams: Fairly sure SNP would have criticised Smith Commission report regardless of what it said.

     
  15.  
    09:37: What next?

    Lord Smith's recommendations, known as a Heads of Agreement, will form the basis of draft legislation due to be published by 25 January.

    The main parties at Westminster have pledged that the legislation will be taken forward regardless of the outcome of the general election in May.

     
  16.  
    Breaking News

    Key recommendations....

    • Power to set rates and bands on earned income and retain all income tax raised in Scotland.
    • Sixteen and 17-year-olds to vote in Scottish elections.
    • Powers to create new benefits in devolved areas and make discretionary payments in any area of welfare.
    • Holyrood should have a share of VAT.
    • And Air Passenger Duty should be fully devolved.
     
  17.  
    09:35: Lib Dem view David Porter Westminster correspondent

    Liberal Democrat sources have welcomed the findings of the Smith Commission to give more powers to Holyrood as a "quality and substantive piece of work".

    The party says the proposals go further than the vow delivered by the three unionist party leaders just before September's referendum and, in effect, create a Scottish welfare system.

    Lib Dem sources say they believe other parties in the Smith Commission have moved stewards their line on a number of issues.

     
  18.  
    09:31: Spin begins

    And with that the conference is over, and politicians from all five parties make their way towards the assembled media to give their take on the proposals.

     
  19.  
    Tweet using #smithcommission Reaction: On twitter

    Nick Heller: If Michael Moore genuinely thinks #smithcommission offers "Home Rule" he must have missed a day at school.

    Laura Mitchell: This is additional powers. This is not home rule. #smithcommission

     
  20.  
    09:31: Maggie Chapman

    Maggie Chapman of the Scottish Greens says the report gives at best some limited powers to stop austerity. She says they are content with borrowing powers outlined in the agreement.

    Maggie Chapman - Greens

    Says she will scrutinise what comes out of Westminster in coming weeks and months and will ensure going forward that the voice of the Scottish people is heard.

     
  21.  
    English votes for English laws

    Mr Cameron, in a second tweet, said: This is a good day for the UK. Before Christmas I will bring forward proposals on English votes for English laws.

     
  22.  
    David Cameron tweets

    David Cameron, the Prime Minister, tweets 1/2 I'm delighted with the Smith report on devolution. We are keeping our promise to the Scottish people.

     
  23.  
    09:28: New responsibility

    Michael Moore says Smith Commission proposals will give Holyrood £20bn of tax and £2.5bn of welfare powers.

     
  24.  
    09:27: Full integration

    Michael Moore says the report ensures Scotland will continue to benefit from full integration in the UK-wide economy.

     
  25.  
    09:26: The Vow

    Michael Moore of the Scottish Liberal Democrats says Smith Commission proposals give "home rule for Scotland" and amount to a transformation of Scotland's political settlement and also a transformation of the UK.

    Michael Moore

    He says the proposals have "delivered on the vow and more" and said the agreement was a "great day for Scotland".

     
  26.  
    09:25: 'Exciting future'

    Ms Goldie says the report is the "next step in a very exciting future for Scotland".

     
  27.  
    09:24: Taxpayers

    Annabelle Goldie says the Conservatives wanted the report to be a "floor not a ceiling". She said Holyrood politicians would now have to look taxpayers in the eye, and predicted the proposals will bring stability to UK.

     
  28.  
    09:23: Demand for change

    Ms Goldie says the independence referendum showed a clear demand for change, and Smith Commission report has delivered on this.

     
  29.  
    09:22: Annabel Goldie
    Annabel Goldie

    Former Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie is up now. She starts by paying tribute to Lord Smith's ability to keep control of 10 unruly politicians.

     
  30.  
    Read it for yourself Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: If you want to read Smith's #devolution recommendations; his report is here.

     
  31.  
    09:21: Iain Gray

    Iain Gray, who represented Labour on the commission, describes today's proposals as "a promise kept"

    Iain Gray- Labour
     
  32.  
    09:18: Job creation
    John Swinney

    Mr Swinney said the SNP wanted job creation powers, but these are not proposed

     
  33.  
    09:18: John Swinney

    John Swinney, one of the SNP's representatives on the Commission, said the party played "a full and constructive part" in the Smith Commission.

    He welcomes the new powers that will come to Scotland and pledges to work constructively with the UK government to implement the Commission's proposals.

     
  34.  
    Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: Lord Smith calls for; more powers to local level: better MSP oversight: better inter-govt working: improved public awareness of current devo.

    Lord Smith of Kelvin stepping back from his Devo More role now. No intention of playing further role.

     
  35.  
    09:15: Party tributes

    Lord Smith praised the ten members of the commission, who were representing Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the SNP.

     
  36.  
    09:15: Far enough?

    Lord Smith said that following the independence referendum, some people will feel the Smith Commission's proposals have "gone too far, some not far enough".

     
  37.  
    09:13: Public opinion

    Lord Smith highlights the submissions made by members of the public and organisations, and makes his own recommendations from those submissions. These include:

    • Devolution from the Scottish Parliament to local communities
    • Improved inter-governmental working between Westminster and Holyrood
     
  38.  
    Tweet using #smithcommission Reaction on twitter

    Peter MacMahon tweets: Smith Commission "stronger Scottish Parliament more accountable more autonomous ".

    Smith Commission
     
  39.  
    09:11: 'Change cannot be rushed'

    Lord Smith says this was not an agreement of five parties "sitting in isolation".

    He says every proposed changed is "workable".

    "Change of this magnitude cannot be rushed through", he adds

     
  40.  
    Tweet using #smithcommission Reaction: On twitter

    Daniel Kenealy, lecturer of politics and public policy at Edinburgh University tweets: Lord Smith argues that reaching consensus is, in itself, an accomplishment. Hard to disagree with that. #smithcommission

     
  41.  
    09:09: Voting

    Lord Smith recommends the Scottish Parliament will be made permanent in UK legislation and given powers over how it is elected and run, including the power to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote.

     
  42.  
    09:09: Benefits

    The Scottish Parliament will be given powers to create new benefits in devolved areas and make discretionary payments in any area of welfare. Also a range of other benefits that support older people, carers, disabled people and those who are ill will be fully devolved.

    Lord Smith addressing conference
     
  43.  
    09:08: Income tax

    The Scottish Parliament will be given the power to set income tax rates and bands on earned income and will retain all of the income tax raised in Scotland. A share of VAT will be assigned to the parliament and Air Passenger Duty will be fully devolved.

     
  44.  
    09:07: Holyrood accountability

    Lord Smith says the Scottish Parliament will be "more accountable" following the agreement.

     
  45.  
    09:06: Historic agreement?

    Lord Smith describes the agreement between the five parties as "an achievement in itself", following the independence referendum.

     
  46.  
    Lorna Gordon BBC News Scotland correspondent

    tweets: Smith commission report runs to 28 pages - sets out the agreement reached between all five of Scotland's main political parties.

     
  47.  
    09:05: Here we go..

    The press conference on the Smith Commission has begun at the National Museum of Scotland.

    Lord Kelvin at Smith Commission conference
     
  48.  
    09:03: What's inside?

    This is the book that will set out what new powers the commission has recommended be devolved to Holyrood.

    Smith Commission
     
  49.  
    08:57: Smith Commission

    The SNP tweets this picture of the Smith Commission, ahead of the conference.

    Smith commission lined up
     
  50.  
    08:52: 10 minutes to go...

    The press are setting up for Smith Commission conference, which begins around 09:00.

    Press setting up for Smith Commission
    Press setting up for Smith Commission

    You can watch the live stream of the conference by clicking on the live coverage section on this page.

     
  51.  
    08:45: Income tax

    Professor Richard Kerley, Chair of the Centre of Scottish Public policy, told Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland what would happen if the Scottish Parliament gets full control over income tax rates and bands.

    He said: "How it would work in practice is to build on the arrangements that are currently being put in place under the 2012 act for the Scottish Parliament to levy a proportion of income tax within Scotland. Whether that would be exercised through HMRC is clearly still to be determined.

    "In effect, if what we are being told is the entry point for income tax - that is the personal allowance - retains a UK-wide level, then over and above that it would be up to the Scottish Parliament to recommend the rate in the pound of income tax and the bands at which income tax is levied."

     
  52.  
    08:29: Analysis - Douglas Fraser

    'The Scottish Parliament has had 15 years of spending power with very little taxation accountability.

    Scottish money

    'That's about to change, a lot, if the Smith Commission "heads of agreement" translate into workable new devolution legislation.

    'There is a political case for such radical changes.'

    Read the analysis of BBC Scotland's Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser

     
  53.  
    08:23: Who is Lord Smith?

    His name may be familiar to you after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as he served as chairman of the organising committee.

    Lord Smith of Kelvin

    Lord Smith of Kelvin was then appointed to oversee the process of devolving more powers to Scotland.

    Find out more about him.

     
  54.  
    08:18: Who was on the Commission?

    Ten people - two representatives each from the SNP, Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens - made up the Smith Commission.

    Lord Smith commission panel

    Find out who they were.

     
  55.  
    08:14: What is the commission?

    The recommendations of the Smith commission, chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin, are to form the basis of UK government legislation on more Scottish powers although they would not be delivered until after the Westminster election in May 2015.

     
  56.  
    08:08: Analysis - What powers will Holyrood get? Glenn Campbell BBC Scotland news

    The Smith commission on further devolution has concluded its talks with the five political parties represented in the Scottish Parliament. They have reached agreement on a package of additional powers, which is to be announced in Edinburgh on Thursday.

    The commission's recommendations are expected to include:

    • the full devolution of income tax rates and bands, with the personal allowance (the threshold above which tax is paid) continuing to be set by the UK government
    • assigning a proportion of the VAT revenues raised in Scotland to the Scottish budget
    • giving Holyrood control of air passenger duty and - eventually - the aggregates tax
    • devolving welfare measures including attendance allowance, carers' allowance and some cold weather payments
    • retaining UK control of all the benefits being merged into universal credit, while introducing some devolved flexibility over aspects such as the frequency of payments
    • devolving the work programme
    • putting Holyrood in charge of its own elections, which could allow MSPs to give 16 and 17 year olds a vote in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election
     
  57.  
    08:04: Smith Commission

    The BBC understands the commission on devolving powers to the Scottish Parliament is to recommend it has full control over income tax rates and bands.

    Scottish Parliament

    The report is not expected to call for personal allowances - the threshold at which tax is paid - to be devolved.

    The Smith Commission, which was set up after the "No" vote in the independence referendum, reached an agreement at its final meeting in Edinburgh and its full report will be published on Thursday morning.

     
  58.  
    08:01: Good morning Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Good morning, and welcome to our live coverage of the Smith Commission.

     

Features

  • Finance casino

    A deal on new Scottish powers does not mean it will actually happen

  • Patient zero

    Tracking first Ebola victim and and how virus spread

  • Barbie's battle

    Can the doll make it in China at the second attempt?

  • Lost in the desert

    How I drank urine and bat blood to survive in the Sahara

  • Blacklisted

    The Afghan interpreters left by the US to the mercy of the Taliban

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.