Wings Over Scotland - the new expert on pensions in an independent Scotland?

  • Alfie Baron
Pensions in an independent Scotland seem to be a hot topic following Nicola Sturgeon's request to hold a second independence referendum. Neil Lovatt has put some serious work into getting the official line from the Department for Work & Pensions.

Today the Wings Over Scotland Twitter account posted: "Amazing that the Yoons still think 'the UK will abandon you after 50 years of paying them your NI' is a winning line on pensions".

Is the Rev Stu or one of his disciples now an expert on pensions? Seems they think they know more than the Department for Work & Pensions!

The Freedom of Information request makes it clear that the responsibility for paying pensions in an Independent Scotland falls squarely on the Scottish government's shoulders.

The letter states: "At the time of the letter the correct statement was ‘In the event of independence, State Pensions and benefits in Scotland for its citizens would be the responsibility of a Scottish Government. Therefore, any questions about entitlements in an independent Scottish state should be directed to the Scottish Government.’"

A PDF of the Freedom of Information request can read here
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.