Scotland Debate: The Facts Behind The Arguments
Full Fact - an independent fact checking organisation - checks the statements made by both sides during the second Scottish referendum debate.
Alex Salmond: "No-one can stop us using the pound sterling, it's an internationally tradeable currency."
Full Fact: He is not wrong - an independent Scotland could continue to use the pound without the agreement of the UK government. Salmond would prefer to keep it in a formal currency union, aiming to give the Scottish government some influence over interest and exchange rates. That would require the agreement of the UK government, something that's been ruled out by all main UK parties. If there is no agreement, Scotland is left with three other options: it could keep the pound informally without agreement, adopt the euro or introduce a new Scottish currency.
Full Fact: Scottish government proposals mean the new state pension could be more generous in an independent Scotland. It would keep some pension benefits that are being stopped and may not increase pension age to 67 as soon as in rest of the UK. The new state pension level would initially be as high or higher than the UK amount and would have the potential to increase by more each year than in the UK.
One reason they think this could be affordable is that pensioners in Scotland have a lower life expectancy than those in the rest of the UK. Nevertheless, it all costs money and it could be more because Scotland's population is ageing faster than in the rest of the UK.
Full Fact: In terms of taxes generated per person, Scotland either generates just under the UK average or significantly over the UK average, depending on the oil and gas division.
Spending per person in Scotland is also higher than the UK average.
That is because it runs at a deficit which means it spends more than it generates in taxes - much like the UK does and like 26 other countries in the OECD did in 2013.
Full Fact: Alex Salmond signed off by saying it was an opportunity for people in Scotland finally to get the government they voted for. He has a point: if you look at Scotland alone, Labour's won every general election since 1959. Meanwhile in Westminster the Conservatives and Labour divided the spoils evenly, winning six elections each, and two hung Parliaments.
Full Fact: We asked Ipsos MORI Scotland how easy or difficult people were finding it to get trustworthy information about the referendum. They polled 1,006 Scots between July 28 and August 3. The reaction to these results on twitter suggests the debate didn't solve the problem.