The Scottish referendum on independence, which took place last Thursday, was an historic and hotly debated occasion which resulted in the United Kingdom remaining one nation.


‘No’ votes outweighed ‘yes’ votes by 10%, with those voting against independence, some 2.01 million people, standing at 55%. Voter turnout was an historic 84.5%, with 16 and 17-year-olds able to cast their vote for the first time.


Debate and uncertainty intensified in the weeks leading up to the vote, with all three main political parties in England promising further devolution should the Scots decide to remain within the union. The flood of news, statistics and information as the vote neared was fast-paced and results and vote counting aired live on the BBC throughout Thursday night.


Such fervent media attention has encouraged much of the public to be particularly engaged in the debate, and we want to ensure that people with learning disabilities are given the information to allow them to form their own opinions and a greater understanding of the implications of the eventual result.



That’s why we have created an Easy News special report on the Scottish referendum, with details of what each side was hoping for, how the votes were cast and counted and what promises from the main political parties made before the vote mean for the way the UK is run.


The third of our Easy News specials, which focus on an individual topic and break it down using simple words and accompanying images, seeks to encourage people with learning disabilities to learn about a key issue and participate in public debate from an informed viewpoint.

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Gemma Taylor, media assistant.