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23/09/13 14:54

Media Briefing - Monday 23 September 2013

The First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Finance Secretary, John Swinney are today launching the paper ‘Pensions in an Independent Scotland’. The paper details the arrangements for state, private and public sector pensions that would follow a vote for independence.

The FMOS highlighted that the pledge ministers made today is that all pensions in an independent Scotland will be paid on time and in full and that pensioners will benefit from stronger safeguards.

The FMOS said that also today the First Minister is undertaking a series of engagements to mark one year to go until the Ryder Cup, which gets underway at Gleneagles in 2014.

The FMOS then ran through key events for the rest of the week.

The FMOS confirmed that it was the European Tour were the lead in organising the media events around the year to go to the Ryder Cup celebrations today.

When asked, the FMOS confirmed that the White Paper on independence is due to be published in November, and that in the lead up to the White Paper other financial papers will be published, including papers from the Fiscal Commission Working Group. When asked what these papers would cover, the FMOS confirmed a paper on tax would be one of them.