ITV Border is to broadcast a series of programmes examining the history and development of the independence question in Scotland, as part of ITV’s coverage plans for southern Scottish viewers, ahead of the referendum in September 2014.
Road to Referendum, presented by Iain Macwhirter, will chronicle the social, cultural and political changes in Scotland and the evolution of the independence debate. There will also be a two part documentary series later this summer, called A Scottish Journey.
It will look at the arguments in favour and against Scotland being an independent country.
The documentaries are part of the extensive programming ITV Border plans to run ahead of the vote in September 2014, in addition to regular coverage within ITV Border's Lookaround programme.
The Scottish National Party have responded to claims by the No campaign that savers and pensioners would be at risk in an independent Scotland.
Paul Wheelhouse MSP says the findings in the UK treasury report do not recognise studies undertaken by economists, that suggest an independent Scotland could cope financially.
Mr Wheelhouse said:
Savers and pensioners would be more at risk in an independent Scotland according to a new report by the UK Treasury.
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore says independence would make Scotland more vulnerable to a banking crisis and that it would be hard for Scotland to maintain a separate pension protection scheme.
The Scottish Government has dismissed his claims as 'flimsy' and will set out their own economic paper tomorrow.
Mr Moore said:
It is the most important vote Scots will ever cast, and last night the Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, went head to head with Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in the first debate on television discussing the pros and cons of Scottish Independence.
It is a hugely complex issue - and Kenny Toal now examines whether it was made any clearer for voters:
Last night the Secretary of State for Scotland and Scotland's deputy First Minister went head to head in the first debate on TV.
High on the agenda was the economy and what would happen to Scotland's currency if there is a yes vote:
You can see the Scottish independence debate live as it happens by clicking here.
The debate starts in 10 minutes' time at 10.30pm.
The Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has warned that an independent Scotland could spell disaster for the region's economy on both sides of the Border.
The MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk was speaking ahead of the first live television debate on the issue of Independence.
The SNP has rubbished the claims saying they are nothing more than scaremongering.
Watch Kenny Toal's full report from the Border below.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to undo "the worst impacts" of UK Government welfare reforms, particularly those affecting women, should Scotland vote for independence. She committed to changing the universal credit system which "discriminates against women".
Ms Sturgeon made the pledge during a speech on independence, shortly after Scottish Labour launched its own campaign for staying in the Union. People will vote Yes next year if they can be convinced Scotland can be a wealthier and fairer country, said the Deputy First Minister.
SNP will make a series of policy announcements over the coming months which will demonstrate how this can be achieved, she said. The SNP has already pledged to scrap the so-called bedroom tax should Scotland vote Yes. Ms Sturgeon argued there is a "natural majority" for a 'Yes' vote.
– Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister
The new universal credit system discriminates against women. It undermines the independence of women. Unlike the current system, which makes payments to individual claimants, it will be paid in one single household amount which will, more often than not, mean to the man in a household,"
Over 60 per cent of Scottish people do not think the Scottish National Party has made a convincing case for independence so far, according to a poll.
The figures, carried out by YouGov for the pro-union group Better Together, also found that those polled thought the economy, tax and spending and pensions would be the most important issues in the referendum.