Next year’s historic referendum on Scottish independence is contributing to the anxiety felt by Midlothian-based soldiers.
Home in Penicuik after a six-month tour of Afghanistan, The Royal Highland Fusiliers (2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland) already faces an 11 per cent cut in numbers as the Army looks to reduce its infantry headcount.
Addressing Penicuik and District Community Council last week, 2SCOTS welfare officer Captain Ian Houston said he was helping families with housing, education and employment queries in preparation of the loss of 70 serving soldiers. “The vast majority want to stay in Penicuik – their roots are here,” he added.
“The referendum is causing a lot of anxiety; causing people to look outside for housing and employment just in case. It is causing a bit of anxiety as to who will own the force beyond independence should it arise,” he said.
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