Scottish wealth per head is over £2,300 higher than the UK as a whole and outstrips major economies such as France, Japan and Italy, according to recently released figures. These are the facts the No Campaign seek to supress as they peddle the myth that Scotland is to poor to be independent.
New SNP analysis of figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), released in March, “underlines how wealthy a country Scotland is”.
Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP) per head, including a geographic share of UK oil, is around £23,300.
This would make Scotland the 14th richest country in the OECD, according to the SNP.
Scotland’s GDP per head is around £1,600 higher than France, around £2,500 higher than Japan and around £3,200 higher than Italy, the SNP said.
SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson, convener of Holyrood’s finance committee, said: “Scotland is an immensely wealthy country and these figures only underline just how that wealth compares internationally.
“Scotland’s GDP per head is significantly better than major economies like France, Japan and the UK as a whole.
“Clearly, Scotland more than has what it takes to be a successful, independent country.
“The opportunity that a Yes vote brings is the chance to use that wealth so that it benefits people across Scotland, instead of propping up Treasury balance sheets to waste on things like Trident nuclear weapons.
“Where Westminster has been content to see poverty spiral out of control amid brutal welfare cuts, a Yes vote in September gives us the chance to harness Scotland’s resources to the benefit of people living here.
“A Yes vote gives us the tools we need to make Scotland the fairer, more prosperous country we all want to live in.”