Frequently Asked Questions - Will independence mean Scotland will become a fairer society?
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One of the main reasons for independence is to give Scotland the powers to make our society fairer. Scotland can make our wealth work better for the people living here and follow a different path from Westminster. The UK is now one of the ten least equal countries in the OECD. It ranks 28th out of 34 on a measure of overall inequality. OECD analysis shows that, since 1975, income inequality among working-age people has increased faster in the UK than in any other country in the organisation.
Academic analysis comparing the earnings of the worst off and those best off has found that the UK was the fourth most unequal nation amongst the world’s richest countries.
These outcomes are not the result of the policies of one government, but of almost 40 years of decisions at Westminster. With independence, Scotland can make decisions on tax, welfare and employment that help the poorest in our society, not make life worse for them.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.