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The Economics of Independence: The pound in your pocket.

The Economics of Independence: The pound in your pocket.

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There has been significant discussion about the big economic issues around independence, such as the impact of declining oil and gas revenues and what currency might be adopted by an independent Scotland.

Will businesses thrive in an independent Scotland - or flee to the south? What might the impact be on significant sectors like financial services and energy?

Yet there has been limited examination of how these big macroeconomic issues might impact on the household budgets of most Scots.

After Professor John Curtice sets the scene, five experts will outline the big policy questions around five key spending areas for Scottish households – TAX, MORTGAGES, PENSIONS, ENERGY BILLS & SHOPPING BILLS – and discuss how they might impact on the micro-economy, specifically the lives and the finances of ordinary Scots, in the event of a yes vote.

What might different tax policies in an independent Scotland mean for personal tax bills?

  • What would the impact of the future shape of the financial services industry be for mortgage-holders (and for other financial products) in Scotland?
  • How would an independent Scotland re-shape its pensions provision and what might these mean for Scottish people in retirement?
  • How will the referendum vote impact on energy policy and what might this mean for household bills?

And finally, would the major retailers have to look at differential pricing in an independent Scotland?

The speakers will also assess the broader implications of a yes vote for the tax system, financial services and pensions industries and the energy and retail sectors.

When the five speakers have outlined their views, representatives of the Yes and No campaign will evaluate what their analysis means for both sides of the campaign - and take part in a panel discussion with a senior business representative.

Confirmed expert speakers include:
Professor John Curtice, University of Strathclyde
Professor Jim Gallagher, Policy and Strategy Advisor, Better Together
Ivan McKee, Business for Scotland
Dr David Toke, Reader in Energy Politics, University of Aberdeen
Juliet Bayne, Pensions Partner, Brodies LLP
Rod Macleod, Banking Partner, Tods Murray
Jeff Salway, Personal Finance Writer
Peter Jones (Chair), Writer and Commentator for The Scotsman, The Economist and The Times

Come along, make your voice heard - and ask some challenging questions.

Information and fees

We are pleased to offer the best value conference rates in Scotland
£120.00 + VAT
Fees include refreshments, networking brunch and exclusive access to the Post Conference Reports.

For more information please email conferences@scotsman.com or give the team a call on: 0131 620 8212

To book your place please click here.

The Scotsman Conferences are half day events. Registration will be from 8.30am. The conference will draw to a close at approximately 1.15pm and be followed by a networking lunch.

Key Speaker: To be confirmed
Venue: The Scottish National Galleries (Map Details)
Time: 17 June 2014, at 08:30



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