Scotland analysis: Work and pensions paper

24th April 2014

This paper examines what Scottish independence would mean for social security – including state, private and public sector pensions – and supporting people into work. It sets out the current UK-wide arrangements and how they provide targeted and effective support to pensioners, jobseekers, employers and those needing support from the social security system. It highlights:

  • the ability of the UK to combine risks and draw on the wider economy to fund social security spending – something that a smaller independent Scottish state would find more difficult
  • the extensive infrastructure and systems that currently provide pensions, support into work and benefits to people in Scotland


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University of Edinburgh
24th April 2014
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