Couldn’t make it up ?

Recently Jeremy Corbyn, on one of his occasional visits to "North Britain" - a.k.a. Scotland - is reported to have said that it would be difficult for Scotland to have its own distinctive legal system, separate from that in England.  Would someone please take him on one side and gently whisper in his ear that Scotland has had its own distinctive legal system for centuries.
Large quantities of North Sea oil are processed on the rigs and exported directly to other countries without coming ashore.  Prior to December 2016 oil that was shipped directly from the rigs was counted towards the Oil Companies' Head Offices, rather than being counted as produced in Scotland.  Oil imported or exported into or out of the UK was normally associated with the region of the UK where it was produced, but oil exported directly
The government must reconsider punishing changes to women’s pensions after it emerged earlier reforms boosted state coffers by more than £5 billion a year, campaigners say. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found more than one million women are worse-off by an average of £32 a week after the retirement age moved from 60 to 63. The change, which happened between 2010 and 2016, has taken 1.1 million women off the pensions book, saving the
We now have active campaigning groups in Edinburgh and Lothians and in Glasgow and West of Scotland.  The aim is to try to set up groups based around each of the other cities in Scotland, and after that to attempt to reach out into the surrounding rural areas.  We are currently trying to identify people in and around other cities who might be interested in helping to set up new groups. This will enable us
So, the Tories are looking after their own in the insurance markets!  Who would have guessed ? Quote from a city worker: "The Conservatives will attempt to soften the blow by promising that pensioners will not have to sell their homes to pay for their care costs while they or a surviving partner are alive. Instead, 'products will be available' allowing the elderly to pay by extracting equity from their homes, which will be recovered
Why would any Scottish state pensioner even consider voting Conservative in the General Election ?  The Tories will remove the current protection for annual increases in state pensions and rob many Scots pensioners of their winter fuel payments. Given half a chance, they'll also continue to cut the Scottish Parliament's funding until we can no longer afford to provide free bus passes and free prescriptions. Don't be like a turkey voting for Christmas - vote
There has been renewed publicity paid just recently to the future of the triple-lock on state pensions. This is the committment made some time ago that annual increases will be whichever is the greatest of :-  the rate of inflation, the change in the Consumer Prices Index, and 2.5%.   Both the Conservatives and Labour have said they will discontinue the triple-lock in the near future, whereas the SNP have made it clear that, in an

Tory pensions bombshell

Angus Robertson asked PM May a simple question to guarantee the pensions triple lock. She failed to. Pensioners should fear Tory pensions bombshell. Calling the election has delayed the Government’s plans to push back the state pension age and abandon the triple lock, due to be announced on 5 May. As things stand, May might sound an attractive proposition to middle-aged Brits, but her proposal to target pensioners’ benefits – or, as I prefer to
ONE in five over-65s in Scotland is struggling to make ends meet – despite an estimated £292 million in Pension Credit and Housing Benefit going unclaimed each year. The latest research for Age Scotland revealed that more than 200,000 Scottish pensioners are struggling financially, with 158,000 elderly people now living below the poverty line. Now the charity is urging older people to get in touch to find out if they’re entitled to some extra financial
Frightening information for anyone wishing to stay in the Union! 27% of males and 22% of females in Glasgow & West of Scotland will contribute to a pension all of their working lives and get NOTHING in return by way of pension. Bankers who remained in the “bailed out by the taxpayer banking system”  have been and are continuing to attract bonus payment measured in the hundreds of £million simply for doing their job. The