INDEPENDENCE AND KEEPING THE POUND: GOOD FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 07:53
STERLING AREA WILL BRING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT’S CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES
Following considerable debate this week on whether or not an independent Scotland would retain Scottish banknotes, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has joined the debate, confirming to local media that Scotland will retain the pound, and Scottish banknotes – underpinned by the 2009 Banking Act – will remain in place within a post-independence currency union in Scotland.
SNP MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald said:
“A Yes vote in the referendum in 2014 means the best of both worlds with independence and Sterling working for households, businesses and everyone in Falkirk district.
“It will allow freedom for Scotland to develop our own taxation and spending policies to boost growth and address inequality. At present, the Scottish Parliament controls just 7 per cent of Scotland’s revenue base, and that would only increase to 15 per cent under the terms of the Scotland Act.
“With independence, Scotland will control 100 per cent of our revenues, which is what it needs to be to build a stronger economy and fairer society.
“The combination – which only comes with independence – of keeping the pound, accessing Scotland’s abundant resources and taking decisions on tax and other economic policies that are right for Scotland, is the best way to boost jobs in Falkirk district and growth throughout Scotland.
“Scotland’s finances are consistently stronger than the UK’s, generating more revenue per head than the rest of the UK in each one of the past 30 years, and Scotland has had a lower fiscal deficit than the UK over the past five years.
“With the additional economic levers that independence will provide, and the up-to-£1.5 trillion asset base provided by Scotland’s oil and gas reserves, an independent Scotland will stand on a strong financial footing.
“Indeed, the latest economic indicators show that Scotland’s economy is steadily strengthening, despite the dreadful policies of George Osborne which bring pain and misery to the people of Falkirk district.