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Cumbernauld MP: SNP “have questions to answer” over independent Scotland's pensions

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:19 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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Local MP, McClymont says Nats have questions.

CUMBERNAULD’S local Labour Member of Parliament has stressed that the Nationalists “have questions to answer” over an independent Scotland’s pensions system.

Gregg McClymont, Labour MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East pressed the SNP for answers on a separate Scotland’s pensions system, in a Herald article, by UK Political Correspondent, Kate Devlin.

Mr McClymont’s comments come after the Scottish Government refused to guarantee a £144-a-week flat rate pension if Scots favour a Scottish split from the UK, in next year’s referendum.

£144-a-week will be the new flat rate pension from April 2016, which comes a month after Scotland would officially leave the United Kingdom and announce independence, the SNP say. 

Talking to the Herald, a Scottish Government spokesman said: "Pensions will be fully protected in an independent Scotland, including state, public and private pensions.

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"Independence will give the opportunity to ensure that future improvements to the provision and regulation of pensions of Scots are made by a Parliament which is fully accountable to the people of Scotland.

"Spending on social protection, which includes state and public pensions, is more affordable in Scotland than for the UK."

However, the comments were criticised by Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s Labour MP, who used the comments to reiterate calls made by the anti-independence campaign, Better Together, that the SNP have questions “to answer”.

Labour's shadow pensions minister, Mr McClymont said: "The SNP have serious questions to answer about the future of pensions in a separate Scotland.

"The costs and complexities of breaking up a 300 year union are nowhere more stark than in pensions where the pension rights of Scots accrue over lifetimes. That's why Scots want answers to the questions repeatedly raised by pension experts."

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