Pensions

How an Independent Scotland could reset the basic State Pension

Author / Creator: Business for Scotland

Media type: Online article

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How an Independent Scotland could reset the basic state pension. The basic UK state pension is the lowest in the developed world at 21.6% of final earnings. UK citizens are expected to make private provision for their retirement. This leaves the poorest, in particular women, locked into pensioner poverty. A newly Independent Scotland may want to borrow ideas from other countries with better pension arrangements.


Claim UK pension is worst in developed world is Half True

Author / Creator: The Ferret

Media type: News Media

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UK’s mandatory state pension is among the lowest in the OECD. Pensioners in the UK face relatively high levels of poverty.


Twenty million adults could be in line for ‘state pension age reprieve’ as life expectancy improvements ‘collapse’ even before the Pandemic

Author / Creator: Lane Clark and Peacock

Media type: Report

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The government’s current plans to raise state pension age to 67 by 2028 and age 68 by 2039 have been ‘blown out of the water’ because expected improvements in life expectancy have largely failed to materialise.


Lessons for Scotland in how newly independent countries boosted pensions

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: Article

Date published: 2021

UK state pensions are the least generous in North West Europe in comparison to the average wage. 


Better Pensions

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: News Media

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The UK has the worst state pension in the developed world (defined as full OECD membership).  In 2018, it was only worth 28.4% of average income at retirement (based on the net replacement rate). The EU average percentage is more than double that of the UK pension.


Retirement Living Standards Updated to Reflect Expectations Changed by Lockdown

Author / Creator: Pensions and Lifetime Savings Associaton

Media type: Press release

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State pensions are the lowest in OECD countries.


Revealed: UK’s paltry pension can’t provide even the most basic standard of living

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: News Media

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The UK state pension is not big enough to support the bare minimum standard of living for a single person, according to a new report. And it warns that a quarter of employees are not on track to be able to afford it.


Revealed: UK’s paltry pension can’t provide even the most basic standard of living

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: Blog

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UK state pensions are just 29% of average earnings. This is the lowest of any OECD country.

 


The Impact of Scottish Independence on Tax, Pensions, and Financial Services

Author / Creator: Clifford Chance

Media type: Assessment report

Date published: August 2021

The most likely overall outcome for taxation is that rUK would treat Scottish individuals and companies in the same way as it treats any other country's individuals and companies (and vice versa).  Scotland will need to establish its own financial regulator and resolution authority and make arrangements for continuing the licences and supervision of Scottish firms.  Arrangements for pension investments and payments will be required.


What happens to pensions after a Yes vote?

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: News Media

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Independence gives us the chance to significantly increase the state pension. Even If we only match the European average that would double the current state pension. 


The UK's worst state pension in developed world.

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: News Media

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The UK state pension is the worst in the developed world in terms of its value verses average wages. It ranks bottom in a list of countries compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), paying out just 29% of the average wage.


Divest¦Reinvest: Scottish Council Pensions for a future worth living in

Author / Creator: Ric Lander

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: March 2017

A report of the effects of divestment of Scottish pension funds from fossil fuel companies and re-investment into socially and environmentally useful investments.


Lessons for Scotland in how newly independent countries boosted pensions

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: Web site

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UK pensioners receive around a quarter of the average working wage. Russian pensioners get 57% of the average wage, Latvians 54%, Croations 54%, Slovenia 57%.  The UK pensioners receive 28% of the average wage as their state pension.