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SNP pension promises hanging by a thread

August 25, 2014 10:43 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has warned that AlexWillie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSP Salmond's pension promises for his independence plans are hanging by a thread after his former policy head said that the state "cannot afford" to keep paying pensions.

In a political diary serialised by a newspaper, Alex Salmond's policy advisor Alex Bell echoed concerns raised in John Swinney's secret document about the viability of state pensions in an independent Scotland.

Demographic pressures identified by John Swinney, the SNP's fiscal commission, the IFS and others show that Scotland's population is ageing at a faster rate than the rest of the UK, with the IFS noting that the SNP's pension promises could not be sustained without tax increases or cuts to public services.

Mr Rennie said:

"These are devastating claims from Alex Salmond's former policy chief, who was an architect of the nationalists' white paper. Alex Salmond's pension promises are now hanging by a thread.

"People will be alarmed by the nationalists public fall-out over pensions which is taking place so late in the day. If Alex Salmond's own advisors still don't believe in his independence plan for pensions, why should the people of Scotland?"