Pensions, simply • Part II

Some geniuses challenge the simple concept that your pension is your right, and Scottish pensioners will receive it from the UK DWP regardless of where they live, because they argue that an independent Scotland would no longer be contributing to the UK pot, and therefore would be unfairly left to UK taxpayers to pay for Scots’ pensions.

A contrived and feeble excuse, but formally correct.

However, there’s a fundamental flaw in the reasoning: when the UK State pension was introduced, did people of pension age receive it without having paid anything towards it? Or did they have to accrue enough years of contributions before they could draw an annuity?

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