Scottish Government’s plans for pensions in an independent Scotland amount to the “biggest mis-selling scandal in history”

THE Scottish Government’s plans for pensions in an independent Scotland amount to the “biggest mis-selling scandal in history”, according to the chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

A report by the committee said the Scottish Government has failed to properly cost its plans for both public and private pensions.

It also cast “serious doubts” on whether a separate Scotland could set up a new benefits system by 2018, saying the time frame is “unrealistic”.

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The committee found that the Scottish Government’s stated plans to consider delaying the increase in the pension age to 67 and to pay a proposed higher starting rate than the rest of the UK are almost entirely uncosted.

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