Scotland's got what it takes to be independent
Responding to today’s publication of the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland report [GERS], Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said:
"What these figures show is that Scotland has one of the best sets of national accounts of any country in the developed world.
"They also clearly underline that Scotland has got what it takes to be a strong, independent nation and that our future will be built on robust financial foundations.
"The figures show that Scotland generates a bigger share of UK taxes than we get as a share of UK spending.
"Scotland’s finances have been healthier than the UK’s for a number of years now. Our opponents in the No campaign would be doing the people of Scotland a service if they admitted that."
The Scottish Government has published a detailed document on the opportunities open to an independent Scotland to create jobs, build a more balanced and sustainable economy and make full use of its key assets and resources.
We've begun to get more sense of what a No vote means, with George Osborne, a leading figure in the No campaign, setting out key plans in his Autumn Statement today.
The Chancellor made two announcements that will have a particularly significant impact on households across Scotland if there is a No vote, reducing incomes for millions of people in both the short term and in the longer term:
An independent Scotland can make better choices to protect pensioners in stark contrast to the latest austerity measures announced today by the Westminster coalition. Millions of people face having to work until they are 69 before receiving their state pensions.
A new and better path forward for Scotland has been set out as the Scottish Government unveiled Scotland’s Future, its vision of an independent Scotland, in Glasgow today.