Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson has welcomed confirmation from a UK Government Minister that pensions will be secure following a Yes vote.
As reported in The Herald and Press and Journal, during an appearance at Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee, Minister of State for Pensions Steve Webb was asked by Labour MP Ian Davidson if “people themselves could be assured that their pensions are secure” following independence. Mr Webb replied “Yes”.
Mr Matheson said:
“The confirmation from a UK Government Minister that pensions will be secure in the event of a Yes vote puts an end to No camp scaremongering on the issue once and for all. The DWP has already confirmed in writing that independence will have ‘no effect on your state pension’ – and Mr Webb has now made Westminster’s position crystal clear.
“The No campaign should now pulp the fiction on their latest billboards and posters which scaremonger on pensions which – by the UK government and DWP’s admission – is totally misleading.
“The No camp’s credibility on pensions is now beyond repair as their attempts to scare pensioners into voting for the status quo have now been laid bare for all to see. It is time for No to set the record straight and admit that in an independent Scotland, pensions will be paid on time and in full.”