Back in 2014, three times as many over 65s voted to stay in the UK as voted for independence. One of the reasons P4Indy exists is to persuade our age group of the benefits of Scotland being independent. To that end we’re producing a leaflet that acknowledges the concerns of older people and compares them to the concerns of the younger generation. What it boils down to is that we want to encourage grannies and grandads to talk to their grandchildren about independence. And vice versa. Because we reckon that if we did more of that, we would all understand each other better and understand that there is an overlap between the concerns of different generations. And some of us unpersuaded oldies would realise that everyone’s concerns can be addressed in an independent country operating so as to strengthen our society and our values, and to look after our people.
We are preparing a print run of the leaflet at the moment. If you want to use these images on a website, please do. If you want to print off some copies use this link to a higher resolution file (2MB). It’s A5 size.
One of our National Coordinating Group’s interests is to take forward concepts and designs for campaigning leaflets directly of relevant to Scottish pensioners. It’s easier said than done! But our leaflet committee made a proposal to go ahead with three new leaflets.
One of them focuses on pensions. Jim Stamper of the Glasgow group has spent a great deal of time coming up with the basic concept, researching the information, and beginning to put it together in an actual leaflet. We are lucky to have the help of a professional graphic designer to take our initial ideas and produce the finished product.
When we have the leaflet design finished, it will be uploaded here. We’ll also have all the references to the source material here as well.
It’ll be worth the wait!
The principle of devolution states that all powers are devolved to the Scottish parliament in Holyrood unless they were specified in the list of reserved powers as set out in the 1999 Devolution Act.
This is a six page leaflet has a lot of information about the details of that principle including changes made after the 2014 referendum. It answers questions like “Why doesn’t the Scottish government do more about poverty, etc…” And it has information about the extent of Scotland’s natural resources. it doesn’t cover the recent Brexit raid on devolved powers.
This is a four page leaflet with a lot of information about pensions as they are now in UK and as they could be in an independent Scotland. It was put together in 2016 and uses data from UKGov, from Media, and from Scotland’s Future White Paper.
This is the leaflet focussing on pensions that went into the Big Indy Kits. It highlights the difference between UK State Pension at approx 29% of average wage compared to higher level of State Pensions in many other European countries. It also emphasises that State Pensions are safe and will continue to be paid in an independent Scotland.