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Guidance for campaigners in the Scottish independence referendum

This page contains the guidance drafted for the 2014 Referendum on Independence for Scotland, and is no longer being updated.

Scottish independence referendum guidance

This guidance is for the Referendum on Independence for Scotland only.

We regulate individuals and organisations that campaign at referendums and publish guidance that is specific to each referendum as the rules can be different for each one.

This page contains the guidance drafted for the 2014 Referendum on Independence for Scotland, and is no longer being updated.

We register campaigners in a referendum and provide advice and guidance on the rules on spending and donations that campaigners must follow.

Overview

Overview of referendum spending

This part covers:

  • What referendum spending is
  • Managing referendum spending
  • Recording referendum spending
  • Reporting referendum spending

Overview of referendum spending (PDF)

Situations & procedures

Pre poll reporting for referendum campaigners

This part covers:

  • Pre-poll reporting timetable
  • What are donations and loans
  • What you need to report

Pre-poll reporting for referendum campaigners (PDF)

Situations & procedures

The designation process

This part covers:

  • Introduction to lead campaigners
  • How lead campaigners are designated
  • The application period
  • The designation period
  • The final campaign period

Situations and procedures: The designation process (PDF)

Situations & procedures

The independence for Scotland Referendum 2014

This part covers:

  • An introduction to referendums
  • The referendum question
  • The referendum period
  • Spending limits
  • Referendum timetable

The referendum on independence for Scotland 2014 (PDF)

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