Campaigners in referendums: Scottish independence referendum

Guidance drafted for the 2014 Referendum on Independence for Scotland, and is no longer being updated.

This page contains the guidance drafted for the 2014 Referendum on Independence for Scotland, and is no longer being updated.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This page contains the guidance drafted for the 2014 Referendum on Independence for Scotland, and is no longer being updated.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

Introduction

Introduction to referendum campaigning

This part covers:

  • Who can campaign at a referendum
  • Being a registered campaigner
  • Lead campaign groups

Overview

Overview of donations for referendum campaigners

This part covers:

  • What counts as a donation
  • Accepting donations
  • Valuing donations
  • Recording and reporting donations
Overview

Overview of loans for referendum campaigners

This part covers:

  • What we mean by loans
  • Who can be a lender
  • Recording and reporting loans
Overview

Overview of referendum campaigning

This part covers:

  • Campaigners at referendums
  • Lead campaigners
Overview

Overview of referendum do's and don'ts

This part covers:

  • The rules to be aware of while campaigning in the referendum.

Overview

Overview of referendum spending

This part covers:

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

Permissibility for referendum campaigners

This part covers:

  • Who is permissible
  • How to make checks
  • What you need to record
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
Situations & procedures

Leave to pay

This part covers:

  • late payment of referendum expenses
  • paying invoices from suppliers
  • applying for permission for late payment
Expert paper

Splitting campaign spending

This part covers:

  • The basics and the guiding principle
  • Splitting spending in practice
Expert paper

Public bodies and referendum material

This part covers:

  • The rules on what information certain public bodies can publish in the run-up to the referendum.