A couple of weeks back we published a post called Scotland – An Exciting Future. It features a video by Robert Anderson of the Yes Perth City Group. He has also made a video about how the Border might operate in an independent Scotland.
Since then Robert has sent us links to a further two videos – one about state pensions and one about the economy.
Pensions and the economy are probably the two most frequent topics that come up in discussions about Scottish independence. These videos will be invaluable in persuading more Scots that our pensions and our economy will be safe and indeed prosper in an independence Scotland.
Watch the videos here:
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British workers can expect among the worst pensions in the developed world, according to a report from investment bank UBS, which compared the retirement outlook for a 50-year-old woman in major cities across the globe.
How much a state plus “mandatory” pension will be worth at retirement as a proportion of current income, based on a 50-year-old female in each city
Singapore 73% Sydney 72% Paris 69% Milan 67% New York 55% Tokyo 55% Munich 50% Zurich 48% Toronto 42% London 41% Hong Kong 41% Taipei 32%
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 independent Scotland, an SNP Government would maintain it indefinitely. Pensioners in Scotland do not really need any more reason than this for voting SNP and for Independence, but just in case more incentive is required, what about protecting your free ‘bus passes, because if we elect another Tory Government at Westminster that is hell-bent on more austerity measures, you can be sure retired people’s bus passes will be in the firing line next !