Pensioners Urged To Vote Yes

Pensioners have been urged to back independence to secure a brighter future for their grandchildren by the SNP's deputy leader.

Nicola Sturgeon said a generation of Scots had been left on the "scrapheap" during the Thatcher era and called on voters to ensure "this never happens again".

An independent Scotland would lead to the creation of more jobs for young people and open up opportunities that their parents were denied, she said.

It would also give older voters "the retirement they deserve" by ensuring state pensions rise in line with living costs, Ms Sturgeon insisted.

She said: "Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but for too many people - including many older people - it doesn't feel that way. Under Westminster rule, the state pension is the second lowest in the developed world.

"We know that Scots' pensions are legally guaranteed - and even the UK Government's pensions minister has confirmed that they will be protected in an independent Scotland.

"Independence is an opportunity to give our older people the retirement they deserve - whether it is ensuring the state pension rises in line with the cost of living; maintaining savings credit, which is being scrapped by Westminster; or reviewing Westminster's unfair plans to raise the state retirement age to 67.

"But crucially, independence is also an opportunity for the young people of today - and we are urging pensioners to vote Yes and unlock the wealth of opportunity for future generations.

"A generation ago, the people of Scotland were told to vote No to get a better form of devolution. What we got instead was 18 years of Tory governments that we didn't vote for, the destruction of our manufacturing sector, and a generation of young people left on the scrapheap.

"Scotland can and must make sure this never happens again - we must look to the future and ensure that future generations have the opportunities that their parents and grandparents never had.

"So our plea today to pensioners in Scotland is this: you lived through the Thatcher years, you lived through the waste of opportunity, you lived through the squandering of Scotland's oil wealth - don't let Westminster repeat the mistakes of the past.

"Independence is the opportunity to turn Scotland into a fairer and more prosperous society - re-industrialising Scotland for the future and creating more job opportunities for young people.

"Vote Yes, and put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands - in the hands of your children and your grandchildren."

Ms Sturgeon joined former Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party MSP John Swinburne and Yes Scotland chairman, former Labour MP Dennis Canavan, to make the case to Scotland's pensioners.

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