Military base may expand
TAYSIDE and Fife are in line for a “massive boost” from an SNP plan to base an extra 3,500 military personnel in Scotland.
The Growth Commission’s independence blueprint calculates there will be an “additional 2,500 members of the armed forces based in Scotland” after secession.
It estimates the civilian defence workforce for a Scottish army may need to increase by as many as 1,000.
The report estimates that would be worth £80 million to the economy though a higher wage bill.
It is hoped that many of those jobs would be based at Leuchars, with a large chunk of that service personnel income being spent locally.
Stephen Gethins, the SNP MP for North East Fife, said: “Any increase in personnel numbers in Scotland – potentially at Leuchars – would serve as a massive boost to the local economy.”
The former Typhoon base was handed over to the British Army by the Royal Air Force in 2015.