The exact amount is difficult to determine, but the union drains wealth from Scotland. In terms of wealth per head, the Scottish central belt generates as much wealth as London and the South. Scotland’s north east is one of the best performing economic areas in the UK.  But the south east and west of England has the greatest concentration of wealthy households.

Full answer here: Scotland's contribution to the UK economy

Charles: King of the Landlords

Author / Creator: George Kerevan

Media type: Opinion

Date published: 2022

The Windsors are about land and land is about political control.


Author / Creator: Mike Small

Media type: Discussion Paper

Date published: 2022

This is an outline of how we might situate degrowth in a history of alternative economics and regenerative movements, in the context of brutal new scientific and socio-economic realities. What does ‘true prosperity’ look like in times of socio-ecological crisis?

Scotland challenges inequality, while UK falls behind

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Date published: 2021

It is evident that inequalities and uneven levels of deprivation across the UK continue to be a significant problem. However, it is also clear that Scotland is continually challenging these inequalities and the Scottish Government is working to ensure that levels of GDP per head in Scotland match the average of EU countries

Can Scotland afford to go it alone?

Author / Creator: Ruth Strachan

Media type: Article

Date published:

With every passing election, Scotland seems to move closer to independence. Investment Monitor explores the obstacles the country would face should it leave the UK.

A Guide to the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) Report

Author / Creator: Fraser of Allander Institute

Media type: Academic Paper

Date published: 2021

GERS does not present a balanced view of the Scottish economy. The possible financial costs and risks, or savings and opportunities, of implementing a new constitutional framework are, naturally, not considered in GERS. Similarly, it does not report on the effects of faster or slower economic growth in an independent Scotland.

Scotland has got what it takes to be an independent country

Author / Creator: Olaf Stando

Media type: Political Party Paper

Date published: 2020

Independence is about the right of people in Scotland to decide their own future

  • We’re the ideal size
  • Scotland is a wealthy nation with a big economy
  • We’re educated and talented
  • We have extraordinary energy resources
  • We export high quality produce and goods
  • We are at the cutting edge of the industries of the future
  • We’re big enough, rich enough and smart enough – even opponents of independence believe so


The Transformation of Scotland; the Economy since 1700

Author / Creator: T M Devine

Media type: Book

Date published: 2011

There are issues, such as the distribution of income, which merit particular attention in Scotland's case.  There are also contradictions in explanations of Scotland's economic performance that have to be addressed.

Investment in Scotland: A Common Weal Approach

Author / Creator: Iain Cairns

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: Septtember 2014

The UK’s growth has declined every decade since the deregulation and privatisation began in the 1980s. Private finance provides poor value for money.  The financial system in the UK  is not capable of delivering the kinds of economic and social outcomes people have a right to demand. Investment is what the UK lacks, not money.