Scottish Referendum – 12 things that the £1,400 UK Dividend could buy
Analysis shows that every Scot will be £1,400 better off every year staying part of the UK, but how far does £1,400 go? New financial analysis from HM Treasury shows that every one of us in Scotland will be £1,400 better off every year staying part of the UK than we would be if we voted for independence. But how far does £1,400 go? Here are 12 examples:
1. An overseas holiday for two with cash leftover for sun cream. Average cost: £680 per person for a 10-day jaunt. Source: Telegraph, August 2012.
2. Pay for Christmas presents twice over, with some money left over to spend on Hogmanay celebrations. Average spend on Christmas in Scotland: £610. Source: Huffington Post, December 2013.
3. Hop on the bus between Glasgow and Edinburgh (and back) 127 times. That’s the equivalent of a daily commute for more than 5 and half months. Average cost: £11 for a return ticket. Source: City Link, price correct on May 16, 2014.
4. Scoff 280 hotdogs at the Edinburgh Festival. Average cost: £5. Source: Edinburgh Festival FAQs, correct on May 16, 2014.
5. Cover your family’s yearly shoe habit for about the next 6 years. Average annual household spend on footwear in Scotland: £234. Source: ONS – Table A35, December 2013.
6. Fill up your fuel tank for the whole year with money leftover for an MOT and a few trips to the car wash. Average household spend on petrol/diesel for personal transport in Scotland: £1123.20, average MOT costs: £29.65 to £124.50. Source: ONS – Table A35, December 2013 and GOV.UK, April 2014.
7. Watch Aberdeen play all season with two mates – with a few pies and Bovrils thrown in for good measure. Average cost: £425 for one 2014/15 main stand season ticket. Source: afc.co.uk, price correct on May 16, 2014.
8. Experience 636 joyful caffeine highs. Average cost: £2.20 for a medium cappuccino. Source: Daily Mail, September 2013.
9. Share a meal of fish and chips with your family every day for around 10 weeks, with a couple of portions of mushy peas thrown in. Average cost of fish and chips in UK: £4.74 per portion, based on family of 4 sharing meal. Source: BBC News, June 2012.
10. Go for one haircut a month for over 3 and half years…you can go for significantly more if you’re a man! Average spend for women per haircut: £29.99. Source: Daily Mail, November 2013.
11. Pay off your energy bills in full over the year. Average household cost in Scotland: £1,211.60 per year. Source: ONS – Table A35, December 2013.
12. And finally, you’ll still have enough left over for endless hugs with everyone to celebrate being in a United Kingdom. And if you’re still in need of a reason to smile, go to Inverness – it’s the second happiest place in the UK. Source: Rightmove, May 2014. This post originally appeared on Buzzfeed
Published: 4 June 2014 From: Scotland Office, HM Treasury Part of: Scottish independence referendum, Scottish constitution
afternote: Cannot understand why Dugdale and Rennie wish to increase income tax by a penny if we are all £1400 better off staying with the UK