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Split will help share wealth: Sturgeon

By Lucinda Cameron

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today highlight the opportunity to create a fair welfare system in an independent Scotland as she visits a foodbank.

Ms Sturgeon said gaining control of the powers of independence will be the opportunity of a lifetime to ensure more people feel the benefit of Scotland's wealth.

Speaking ahead of her visit to a foodbank in the Maryhill area of Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon said: "Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, richer per head than France, Japan and the UK.

"But under Westminster for far too many people it doesn't feel that way. Independence is not a magic wand but it means control of key decisions that affect Scotland lie here and not with Westminster politicians.

"It is a scandal so many children in wealthy Scotland are reliant on emergency food aid as a direct result of Westminster cuts."

Yesterday, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont warned independence would bring a new wave of austerity. "We'll not be bought and sold for Salmond's fool's gold. Poverty is our enemy not our neighbours," she said.

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