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Scots' hope of 'yes' vote bonus 'wishful thinking'.

THE Chief Secretary to the Treasury has branded claims Scots could net an "independence bonus" of PS1,000 a year as "pure wishful thinking".

Danny Alexander likened the Scottish Government to a "gambler trying to persuade us to bet the house on a six-horse accumulator" after it published a report which claimed Scotland could be PS5bn a year better o 15 years after independence.

Meanwhile, Holyrood Finance Secretary John Swinney has pressed the senior Westminster politician on whether the system for allocating funds to the dierent parts of the UK would be changed, leading to a PS4bn cut in public spending in Scotland.

Mr Alexander said no party in the UK was planning to change the Barnett Formula.

"e Scottish Government's Independence bonus is pure wishful thinking," the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said.

"It is not based on evidence".
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 1, 2014
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