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Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff & Buchan

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SNP Comments on Gordon Brown Speech

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Commenting on Gordon Brown’s speech today on pensions, Scottish National Party Work and Pensions spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said:

“The claims Gordon Brown is making on pensions are simply ludicrous.

“The reality is that pensions are more affordable in Scotland than in the rest of the UK, a view supported by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, who have also made clear that the demographic challenge is no more significant for Scotland than it is to the rest of the UK.

“We also know that insurance providers, including HSBC and the Department of Work and Pensions itself, are clear that pensions would be unaffected following a Yes vote.

“Gordon Brown cited the NHS as a positive example of being in partnership with the rest of the UK, yet his party at Westminster are claiming the Tories are privatising the NHS and destroying its founding values. Just today, Labour has accused David Cameron of selling off the NHS to his mates. It is blatant hypocrisy, and the people of Scotland are seeing right through it.

“With independence we will be able to ensure a fair deal for pensioners, with a triple lock on the state pension to keep pace with the cost of living, a review of the pension age to ensure it is right for Scotland's pensioners and a fair approach to public sector pensions."

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