On September 18th 2014 the eligible population of Scotland will have the opportunity to vote on the constitutional future of the country through referendum ballot. The question they will be asked is:
Should Scotland be an independent country?
The two campaigns on either side of the debate are:
In August 2014, the Scottish Government released a booklet – ‘Scotland’s Future – What Independence Means for You‘ and distributed it to homes across Scotland. You can read it (in a wide variety of languages) at the link below.
The UK Government also released a booklet- ‘What staying in the United Kingdom means for Scotland‘ which has also been distributed to Scottish homes. You can read that (also in a variety of languages) below:
Register to Vote
To vote in the independence referendum, you must be on the electoral register. To register, you will need to fill in a form and return it to your local Electoral Registration Office.
You can follow the instructions at the link below to prepare and download a form ready to be sent to your local office:
If you will be 16 on 18th September 2014, you will need to fill out a different form:
You can find the details of your local Electoral Registration Office and all other information you might need at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.
EM 3rd Sector Network Consultations
We have released a summary report on the three consultation events we ran as part of the Ethnic Minority 3rd Sector Network in partnership with CEMVO, in Glasgow, Kirkcaldy and Inverness between January and March 2014. This summary is representative of the discussions that took place at these events. You can read it here.
MEMO+ Briefing Papers
In partnership with ScoJeC we have created this series of thirteen briefing papers which provides general information about the White Paper and summarises the Scottish Government’s proposals on the following topics:
- General Information
- Culture & Communications
- Defence & Security
- Economy & Finance
- Education & Employment
- Energy & Resources
- Environment & Agriculture
- Equality & Human Rights
- Health & Wellbeing
- Immigration & Asylum
- International Relations
- Third Sector & Civic Society
All extracts from “Scotland’s Future” Crown copyright 2013 reproduced under the terms of the Open Government Licence.
We plan to produce a further issue of MEMO+ early in 2014 summarising the main points of the UK Government’s response to the White Paper.