Members of the Scottish Parliament are to link future salary increases to public sector pay rises. Since 2002, MSP's pay has been set at 87.5 per cent of MPs at Westminster.
But with an independent watchdog set to give MPs an 11% pay rise leaders of the main parties have agreed to change the system for Holyrood.
As set out in the Bill, the vote will take place on September 18th 2014.
People will be asked to answer 'yes' or 'no' to the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
The Bill also sets out spending limits for the two main campaign groups, Yes Scotland and Better Together, and the rules surrounding the referendum's purdah period which prevents government from announcing any new legislation.
MSPs have already agreed to extend the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds.
MSPs are set to debate the legislation that will allow the independence referendum to happen next year.
The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill sets out the date and the procedures that need to be followed.
The Referendum Bill Committee has backed the general principles of the legislation.
MSPs are returning to Holyrood today after the summer recess.
First Minister Alex Salmond will set out his priorities for government ahead of the crucial independence vote in one year's time.
MSPs claimed just over £12.8 million in expenses in the last year.
The total is 8 % higher than 2010/11.
A parliament spokesperson says the rise is due to 'winding up' expenses paid to 48 MSPs who were not returned to the Scottish Parliament after the May 2011 elections.
If those costs are excluded, the total expenses paid out to Holyrood politicians was just over £11.3 million - a decrease of more than £500,000 on the previous year.
First Minister Alex Salmond claimed £13,361 on expenses such as office rent, travel costs and phone bills.
Here's a breakdown of expenses totals for MSPs in the South of Scotland 2011/2012:
- John Lamont MSP (Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire, Cons) £28,688.15
- Joan McAlpine MSP (South of Scotland, SNP) £24,611.84
- Elaine Murray MSP (Dumfries, Labour) £23,911.03
- Alex Fergusson MSP (Galloway & West Dumfries, Cons) £23,162.95
- Chic Brodie MSP (South of Scotland, SNP) £21,251.68
- Claudia Beamish MSP (South of Scotland, Labour) £21,217.21
- Christine Grahame MSP (Midlothian South Tweeddale & Lauderdale) £13,227.81
- Jim Hume MSP (South of Scotland, Lib Dem) £11,840.80
- Paul Wheelhouse MSP (South of Scotland, SNP) £11,431.71
- Aileen McLeod MSP (South of Scotland, SNP) £10,314.14