Referendum Answers

Short Answers to Popular Questions about Scottish Independence

Too Difficult or Too Hard or Too Risky?

Q. Aren't we just too small to go it alone?

A. No, we’re not, in fact, we’d be better off if we were independent.

You'd think, what with all that stuff in the papers about how we're subsidised by England and now that the oil's running out, we'd be mad to go for independence, wouldn't we?

No, we wouldn't! And even the UK government agrees - its own figures are below.

If we were independent, and we didn't raise taxes or do anything weird or different than we do already, the Scottish Government would actually have more money than it does at the moment. At least 4.4 BILLION POUNDS, or around £824 for every person in Scotland.

This is how it works. We have about 8.6% of the UK's population but we contribute 9.9% of the UK's total revenue. That’s the money that the UK collects each year, but – get this – we only get 9.3% of our money back. So we’re short-changed, every year, by £4.4bn. That's 40% of what we spend running NHS Scotland every year.

In fact, for most of the 20th century, we've contributed more than we've got back. So whatever you read in the papers or hear on the BBC,  we're not being subsidised by anyone. In fact, we're the ones subdising the UK, and that's why they don't want you to vote Yes.

Remember that the next time someone that we can't pay our way. Ask them for our money back.



Scottish Government: Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS)

Further Reading

Wings Over Scotland: Good News Everyone

Science of Independence: The Affordability of Independence

Yes Scotland: Independence Fact Sheet (pdf)