Do you have a source for that? Considering that the majority of countries in the world have a budget deficit, and those that have a surplus mostly have one of less than 1% (the exceptions are all developing nations, or have very small populations). A 10% surplus would suggest Scotland has one of the most powerful and productive economies in the world.
There is no single source, you have to look at public spending, vs tax revenues vs budget received from Westminster.
I made a mistake in that initial statement, what i meant to say is that Scotland contributes 10% more per capita than the rest of the UK average in tax revenue when oil is taken into account - That's not to say that a future government wouldn't operate under a deficit as it seems to be the way Western economies like to operate.
http://www.scotland....2013/11/9348/18 (talks about budget etc) Scotland's public spending is about 65bn - 30% of which is raised domestically through local taxes and it receives the rest from Westminster - so the tax contribution to the UK and what it receives from Westminster is about £3bn in surplus going to London.
Tax revenues paid to HMRC from Scotland's North Sea oil operations in 2012-2013 were £6.5bn. Whilst this source of revenue will diminish over time, before it does it will provide Scotland with substantial wealth to further diversify its economy and set up a sovereign wealth fund such as other small countries in similar natural resource situations like Norway.
More food for thought: http://www.businessf...g-for-scotland/
You also have to consider the economic stimulous created by a shift of ALL public/government operations including vastly increased foreign diplomatic presence in Scotland and new ministries will create.
My only issue with the vote is the same with any public vote, and that's how many people will be uninformed voters and are voting off emotion rather than seriously weighing up pros and cons. (Not everyone of course)
But that's a general issue I have with democracy, the chavvy family round the corner from me voted labour because they don't like David Cameron's face. I don't trust the people in the UK to make the right decision for the right reasons.
I think the crux of the yes campaign's vote rather than coming from nationalism (which is considerable) comes from the kind of country in which people up North want to live in. It does not match up very well with what's in store here. I think the majority of the No campaign's vote comes from fear of the unknown and emotion (unionism) rather than economic fears per se.
I personally don't care either way which way the vote goes but am pretty keen to see what does happen if Scotland votes yes.