State Pension at risk under Westminster control

Scottish pensions aren't safe under Westminster control, the SNP has warned, amid reports the UK government is secretly planning to ramp up the state retirement age.

Ministers have reportedly agreed to raise the state pension age to 68 by the early 2030s, instead of the scheduled change in 2046.

Commenting, the SNP's Social Justice spokesperson, David Linden MP, said:

"This is just the latest in a long line of attacks from the Tories on the UK's state pension.

"In 2014, the people of Scotland were warned that the only way to protect their pensions was by voting No.

"Fast forward 9 years and the current state pension doesn't support the minimum standard of living, with the state age now set to rise to a staggering 68.

"This is scandalous, and must be condemned in the strongest possible way.

"Be in no doubt, for as long as Scotland remains under Westminster control, our pensions will continue to be under threat.

"Only with the full powers of independence can we protect Scotland's pensions, and build a fairer, more prosperous country."