NEW POLL SHOWS MAJORITY WANT ALL FINANCIAL AND WELFARE DECISIONS MADE IN SCOTLAND



BOOST TO SNP AT START OF CONFERENCE

As SNP delegates arrive for the start of SNP conference, a new YouGov
poll has found that a clear majority of Scots want all tax, spend and
welfare decisions to be made by the Scottish Government.

The poll found that 52% of respondents thought that the Scottish
Government should be responsible for all tax and spending decisions in
Scotland - including oil and gas tax revenue, with 35% supporting
Westminster control.

A separate question found 53% thought that the Scottish Government
would be best at deciding welfare and pensions policy for Scotland,
with 34% backing UK Government control.

The results come as a boost to the independence campaign - and a blow
to the anti-independence campaign, who have repeatedly scaremongered
on pensions and on oil revenues.

Welcoming the figures, Finance Secretary John Swinney SNP said:

"These are hugely encouraging results and show that the positive
arguments put forward by the independence campaign are winning the
support of the people of Scotland. There is a clear majority support
for the key decisions about Scotland to be taken right here in
Scotland.

”This is a big blow to the No campaign.

"Scotland is in a stronger financial position than the UK as a whole -
to the tune of £4.4 billion, or £824 per person

"And we know that Scotland spends proportionately less of its budget
on welfare and pensions than the rest of the UK.

"Only a Yes vote on 18th September 2014 will enable us to invest our
abundant resources in building the fairer and more prosperous Scotland
that we all want to see."

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