Event: The Fiscal Implications of an Independent Scotland

18 November 2013, 09:30 – 12:30

Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

This event, organised by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, will see the launch of the first long term fiscal projections for an independent Scotland. This new research, which is part of a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on the Future of the UK and Scotland, will use information on demographic trends, tax revenues and spending patterns to look at fiscal scenarios for Scotland and the UK over the next fifty years and their sensitivity of the projections to key assumptions over long-term growth, the cost of government borrowing and the level of net migration. The event will provide a clear illustration of the fiscal pressures facing an independent Scotland, how these are similar to, and different from, those facing the rest of the UK, and the options available to an independent Scotland to achieve fiscal sustainability.

Other presentations will focus on tax and spending as we aim to clarify some of the fiscal opportunities and constraints that would face Scotland were it to become independent.

This event will take place in Symposium Hall (King Khalid Building), the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Registration will take place between 09:30 and 10:00 and the event is expected to conclude by 12:30. A sandwich lunch will follow and delegates will have the opportunity to meet the research team.

Further information and booking details can be found on the IFS website

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One Response to Event: The Fiscal Implications of an Independent Scotland

  1. John McKimmie says:

    Scotland is less than 10% of the UK and as such it is totally dominated by the “london” government. Decisions made are understandably biased towards the rest of the UK and in particular more and more in favour of london. Scotland is ruled by a government that it did not elect and one that is hundreds of miles away. Scotland has earned the right to self determination and it is ready for independence despite the constant Scotland bashing and attacks on the abilities and potential of the Scottish people from the london government.

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