Here are answers to frequently asked questions about an independent Scotland. If you do not see the information you are looking for, you can submit a question using the form on the bottom of the page.
What would independence mean for my State Pension and Credits?
The Scottish Government has published its detailed proposals for pensions in an independent Scotland, including the state pension and related benefits.
What about the European Union?
The Scottish Government proposes to agree the terms of Scotland’s continued membership of the European Union between the date of the referendum, and the proposed date of independence in March 2016.
What about pensions in an independent Scotland?
Your state pension will be paid in the same way, but simply by the Scottish Government rather than Westminster.
What would independence mean for my public sector pension?
The Scottish Government has published detailed proposals for pensions in an independent Scotland, including public sector pensions. A Yes vote offers the opportunity to ensure future negotiations will be positive and inclusive.
Will independence address unfairness in our society?
Building a fairer society has been and remains at the heart of the Yes Scotland campaign.
I've never voted SNP, why should I vote Yes?
The referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country is an entirely separate matter from which political party, if any, you usually support.
Supporters of Yes (just like supporters of the No campaign) have a range of different views.
For example, the Yes Scotland Advisory Board is chaired by former Labour MP Dennis Canavan, and also includes, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Greens' Patrick Harvie, the SSP’s Colin Fox, as well as people who have no party political background.
What about Faslane?
On independence, Scotland will inherit the barracks, air bases and naval bases on its territory, including Faslane. These will form the starting point for a new Scottish Defence Force.
What will independence mean for UK-wide organisations?
Scotland will need the full range of government services as an independent country and so the expertise of those currently working to deliver services UK-wide will be essential.
Some organisations will transfer their Scottish based operations to the management of the Scottish Government, while we anticipate others will continue to deliver shared services, with some examples of these given below.
What about immigration?
At the outset, the immigration system would be similar to what exists now, and it would then of course depend on who was elected as the Scottish Government as to what changes would be introduced.
What about the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act?
The referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country is an entirely separate matter from the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.
What about sectarianism?
Scotland's Home Rule and independence movements have been peaceful, civic and democratic. This is something we should be proud of and the fact we will move to independence only after a fair and democratic vote, which has been agreed by all the political parties, gives us a guarantee that the process of independence will be peaceful and consensual.
What happens to our justice system?
Justice is already a devolved matter, decided by the Scottish Government and Parliament.
What will happen to tuition fees in an independent Scotland?
Because policy for Universities, including tuition fees, is already under the control of the Scottish Government and Parliament, independence will not have any immediate impact on this issue.
Whether or not Scotland continues with the policy of free tuition will depend on who is elected to form the Scottish Government at the elections scheduled for May 2016. However, we know that the current Scottish Government is committed to maintaining free tuition.
Would the Queen still be head of state in an independent Scotland?
The Scottish Government’s proposal is that the Queen remains Head of State in Scotland, in the same way as she is currently Head of State in independent nations such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Who can vote in the referendum on Scottish independence?
The franchise for the referendum is currently being finalised by the Scottish Parliament, after the general principles were agreed by the UK and Scottish Governments in October 2012.
It is expected that the list of those who are eligible to vote will be the same as the list of those who can vote in Scottish Parliament and local authority elections, with the addition of 16 and 17 year olds who have not previously been able to vote.
This means that the following groups of people will be entitled to register to vote:
What about the UK's national debt?
The precise split of debt between Scotland and the rest of the UK would depend on the agreement reached between the two governments.
What will happen to benefits in an independent Scotland?
On independence day in 2016, benefits will continue to be paid as they are just now.
What about NATO?
The current Scottish Government supports continued membership of NATO, albeit with the significant caveat that membership should not require retention of nuclear weapons in Scotland.
Does Scotland have what it takes be independent?
The question is not whether Scotland can afford to be independent. We have the people, resources and ingenuity to prosper. Instead we should be asking, why isn’t Scotland doing better, given all the natural and human wealth we enjoy?
What about the NHS in an independent Scotland?
Many important government services are already the responsibility of the Scottish Government and Parliament, so will not be directly impacted by independence.
What about the organisation of health and social care services in Scotland?
At the moment, health services are delivered by Health Boards across Scotland and social care by local councils. There is, of course, now greater integration and co-operation between health and social care services. These arrangements will not be changed by Scotland becoming independent.
What are the benefits of Scotland being independent?
The reason being independent will be better for you and for Scotland is simple. Being independent will mean the people who care most about Scotland – the people who live in Scotland – will be taking the decisions about our future.
What about the NHS's cross-border arrangements?
There have been claims that independence would make it more difficult for people in Scotland to get specialist treatment elsewhere in the UK.
What does being independent mean?
Being independent means a lot of different things to each and every one of us. For some, becoming independent is when we get our first car, or our first home. Or perhaps when we start our own family. It is the point we take responsibility for our own future and our own success. Yes, there are ups and downs, but we plan, we prepare, we take out insurance and we get through even the most difficult times.
Can Scotland afford to be independent?
Scotland is a country rich in resources, and undoubtedly has what it takes to be a more prosperous and fairer nation.http://www.yesscotland.net/answers?text=&issue=All&page=1
I'm very surprised that currency isn't a frequently asked question.