Brown: Independent Scotland to face pensions struggle

An independent Scotland's first annual pension bill will be three times as much as oil revenues, according to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Gordon Brown will warn of the cost of pensions in an independent Scotland in a speech tomorrow Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Brown is expected to say that pensions would be more secure and cheaper to run if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom, in a speech tomorrow for the anti-independence Better Together campaign.

Scotland faces a £100 billion public sector pensions bill and a "pensioner time bomb" as the number of elderly people grows faster than the working age population, Mr Brown will say.