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than elsewhere. EU cross Border pensions regulations could also force UK pension providers to eliminate their funding shortfalls immediately if Scotland separates, according to unionists. Speaking at an event at General Register House, where Scotland's population statistics are compiled, Mr Swinney said Scotland has experienced an "encouraging" spike in its birth rate in recent years. Social protection also drains less money from the Scottish budget than the UK, said Mr Swinney, who vowed pensions will be "p.
He said a one size fits all policy was wrong and a future Scottish Government would "put in place welfare policies that meet Scotland's needs". However, Scottish Labour's William Bain MP, said: "The report is clear: the SNP talk lots about how they would run welfare differently after 2016, but such reform would be difficult. "The SNP would use "the wealth of Scotland" to fund its pension commitments if it becomes independent, according to finance secretary John Swinney. The Better Together campaign has said Scotland is heading for a "pensions time bomb", and challenged Mr Swinney to explain how he will fund pensions in a country where the number of elderly is rising faster Nike Air Force 1 Low Black And White Suede
ng on public services. "The report comes after SNP ministers pledged earlier this year to scrap the "bedroom tax" for housing benefit claimants in the first year after independence, and provide better guarantees on pensioners' income. But the pro UK parties last night said the SNP now had to explain how they intended to pay for an increasingly costly system of benefits, given the report's conclusions. It would also need to adapt it to the fact that Scotland's population is projected to age faster than the rest of the UK. "Today's report finds that 17. 2 billion was spent on benefits in Scotland in 2011 12, about 30 per cent of all government spending, with the Black Air Force 1 Mid largest sums coming from the state pension (6bn), child and working tax credits (2. Cheap Nike Air Force 1
2bn) and disability living allowance/attendance allowance (1. 9bn). The cost per head of disability benefits in Scotland was more than 20 per cent higher per head than down south, reflecting the country's poorer health profile.
free, it says, noting that major change such as making benefits more closely related to contributions would either create a large number of losers, or else involve a massive increase in overall spending, if the government decided to keep a benefit "floor". SNP finance secretary John Swinney last night focused on the paper's criticism of the UK welfare state.
However, spending on housing benefit was much lower, reflecting the lower cost of rent. The report also shows that the impact of recent benefit cuts was marginally lower in Scotland than in the UK as a whole. Between 2010 and 2015, household income was estimated to have fallen by 1. 6 per cent compared to 1. 7 per cent for the UK. The paper argues that some recent benefit reforms have not been "particularly well thought out", and says an independent Scotland could examine changing them. But no reform would be cost Air Force One Nike 2017
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