Independence: ‘Pensioners to get £160-a-week’

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NEW pensioners in an independent Scotland will be given £160 a week from 2016, according to the Scottish Government.

The figure would at least match any higher UK Government provision, currently estimated to be £158.90 in the same year.

The SNP Government says it would keep the “triple-lock” to ensure the pension keeps pace with earnings and rising costs, at least for the first term of an independent parliament in Edinburgh.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland is a wealthy and productive country with strong financial foundations. We can more than afford a decent pensions system that guarantees dignity for our older people.

“Successive UK Government decisions have resulted in a pensions crisis. Independence will bring decision-making on pensions home to the Scottish Parliament and provide the opportunity to do things differently and better.”