Scottish independence reports: Welfare

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  • Improving social outcomes in Scotland (DevoPlus) (September 2012) - The DevoPlus group, which backs more powers for Holyrood short of independence, said Scotland needed a more integrated tax and benefits system to improve the country's poor performance on social indicators like health and housing.
  • Scotland's pensions future: What pension arrangements would Scotland need? (Institute of Chartered Accounts Scotland) (26 April, 2013) - The institute said work was needed to quantify existing public sector and state pension liabilities ahead of possible independence and added that there would be complex issues to resolve when it came to cross-border defined and benefit and hybrid schemes.
  • The Expert Working Group on Welfare (Scottish government) (11 June, 2013) - The Scottish government's welfare working group made a series of recommendations, including that welfare reform should be considered alongside other policies to develop an integrated system based on equality and fairness of access for all.
  • Pensions in an independent Scotland (Scottish government) (23 September 2013) - The Scottish government said the basic state pension would continue to be paid under independence and from 2016, new pensioners will get £160 a week, making them £1.10 better off than those in the rest of the UK.

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