Scottish independence round-up: Welfare | Labour

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CATCH up on the day in the Scottish independence debate, with this round-up of stories, features and opinion pieces featured on our dedicated referendum microsite.

Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband are to lead a rally for the United Kingdom – the first time the two men have shared a platform since Mr Miliband became Labour leader.

In other news, Better Together have claimed that changes to the welfare state in the event of Scottish independence could cost £750 million in the first year alone, and a mash-up video by Sky News featuring David Cameron and Alex Salmond ‘singing’ has been causing plenty of buzz on Twitter - watch it here.

TODAY’S BEST COMMENT AND ANALYSIS

Every day we highlight some of the most interesting and talked-about articles on the Scottish independence referendum - here are some of today’s best pieces, as featured on our Indyref microsite.

Keith McIvor (JD Twitch): Independence offers the possibility to start again

Keith McIvor, one half of Scottish DJ duo Optimo, gives his story of his “U-turn” from supporting a ‘No’ vote to publicly backing a ‘Yes’ in this month’s Scottish independence referendum.

Play fighting and crossing party divides: On the Better Together campaign trail

The Scotsman’s Jane Bradley joins pro-union campaigners in Glasgow as they aim to drum up support for a ‘No’ vote in this month’s referendum.

Gerry Hassan: Scottish artists have nothing to lose but their cultural cringe

Scotland’s creative community must embrace its differences rather than developing a bunker mentality in the run-up to and days following the referendum vote, writes Gerry Hassan in Scottish Review.

Richard Marsden: The real reason Yes Scotland avoids Braveheart nostalgia

Richard Marsden, history lecturer at Cardiff University, argues that a lack of historical influence on the pro-independence campaign is down to the fact that the majority of Scottish historical study is from a unionist perspective.

Would taxes go up or down in an independent Scotland?

BBC Scotland’s Business and economy editor Douglas Fraser looks at the issue of taxation in the event of Scottish independence, and the likely position on direct and indirect taxes following a ‘Yes’ vote.

New Economics Foundation: Scottish independence, UK dependency

The New Economics Foundation suggest that Scottish independence could hurt the UK more than Scotland, claiming that North Sea oil has been protecting the UK economy from problems with its ongoing deficit.

Margaret Canning: Trade and cultural links between Scotland and Northern Ireland too strong to ever break

The Belfast Telegraph’s business editor Margaret Canning looks ahead to the Scottish independence referendum, and suggests that regardless of the outcome of this month’s vote, the business links between Scotland and Northern Ireland will remain important.

Ailsa Henderson: Lessons from Quebec

Ailsa Henderson, the Head of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, looks at the 1995 independence referendum in Quebec, Canada.