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British pensioners in Spain worry Brexit could force them to return to UK

Spain is home to more than 100,000 British pensioners. Most moved there many years ago to enjoy their retirement with the understanding that they would be able to export their pension and healthcare rights with them. But since the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, these rights are no longer guaranteed. Of course if Scotland stays in the EU, Scottish pensioners in Spain and the rest of the EU would have their pension guaranteed. […]
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Scotland’s Oil ? Aye, right !

Scotland’s Oil ?    Aye, right ! Now that income from North Sea Oil has fallen in recent times, an independent Scotland would find it hard to make ends meet,  right ? Wrong ! The biggest single financial benefit from North Sea Oil is all the taxes paid by the big oil companies on their profits. While Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom, all these taxes go straight to the London Treasury, and Scotland sees […]
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Pensioners in Scotland get less pension – because they don’t live as long

Life expectancy in Scotland is currently lower than in the rest of the UK. On average between 2010-12, a 65 year-old male in the UK could be expected to live to around 83 years 5 months compared with 82 years 11 months in Scotland, and a 65 year-old female in the UK could expect to live to 85 years 11 months whereas in Scotland it was 84 years 6 months. According to the Scottish government, […]
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Protect the value of your state pension !

UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, MP has recently predicted that the Westminster Government will not be able to protect annual state pension increases after 2020. In contrast, the SNP Scottish Government have pledged that after Independence, they will protect annual state pension increases indefinitely. The ONLY way to protect the future value of your state pension is to ensure that Scotland becomes an independent country again. To be kept informed about pension issues and the case […]
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Reaching out to older voters

Engaging to inform older voters has a number of constraints that are not true of other age groups. Traditionally all voters have been informed by the range of daily and weekly newspapers, and the broadcasters. But with these conduits to the public often being governed by editorial and often political imperatives, the range, scope and even accuracy of the information is today, in these outlets, is being regularly brought into question. It is well accepted, […]
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