Scotland's Future

DescriptionScotland’s referendum on 18 September 2014 is a choice between two futures.
ISBN978-1-78412-068-9
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateNovember 26, 2013

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Contents

Foreword

Preface Alex Salmond MSP First Minister

Introduction

Summary

PART 1

Chapter 1 The Case for Independence

Why Scotland needs independence
What a newly independent Scotland will look like
Becoming independent - the transition
Strong foundations - Scotland's financial and economic strengths
Government policies and public services with independence
The consequences of Scotland voting No in the referendum

PART 2

Chapter 2 Scotland's Finances

Scotland's public finances on independence
Early priorities for action within sound public finances

PART 3

Chapter 3 Finance and The Economy

A supportive, competitive and dynamic business environment
A valued and well-rewarded workforce
Our currency, fiscal rules and financial regulation
Our tax system
Transport

Chapter 4 Health, Wellbeing and Social Protection

Pensions
Scotland's social protection system
Housing and communities
Health, social care and the NHS
Sport

Chapter 5 Education, Skills and Employment

Primary and secondary schools
Early learning and childcare
Supporting Scotland's universities

Chapter 6 International Relations and Defence

Scotland's international relations
Scotland in the British Isles
Scotland in the European Union
International policy
International development
Defence

Chapter 7 Justice, Security and Home Affairs

The justice system
Security and intelligence
Immigration
Citizenship

Chapter 8 Environment, Rural Scotland, Energy and Resources

Agriculture
Fisheries
Food and drink
Rural communities
Environment
Scotland's energy market
Oil and gas

Chapter 9 Culture, Communications and Digital

Culture and broadcasting
Communications
Postal Delivery Services and Royal Mail

PART 4

Chapter 10 Building a Modern Democracy

The transition to independence
Constitution, government and citizens
Equality and human rights
Better government - Scotland's public services
Civic society and Third Sector

PART 5

Q&A Questions and Answers

The Case for Independence
Finance and the Economy
Health, Wellbeing and Social Protection
Education, Skills and Employment
International Relations and Defence
Justice, Security and Home Affairs
Environment, Rural Scotland, Energy and Resources
Culture, Communications and Digital
Building a Modern Democracy

ANNEXES

Annex A: Scotland's Constitutional Journey

Annex B: Main Devolved and Reserved Responsibilities

Annex C: Scotland's Public Finances

Annex D: Equality Considerations

Annex E: Other Scottish Government Publications on Constitutional Reform

Endnotes