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Final bill for Scottish referendum hits £15.8m

By Katrine Bussey

The cost of staging last year's Scottish independence referendum amounted to just over £15.8m, it has been revealed.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed the Scottish Government's final bill for running the September 18 poll in the answer to a parliamentary question.

The total of £15.841m includes almost £10.9m which was spent on providing counting officers across Scotland to tally up the votes in each council area.

The Chief Counting Officer's costs for administering the ballot amount to just under £510,000, mainly reflecting the expenses associated with holding the "international event to declare the referendum result" at Ingliston outside Edinburgh.

The cost is £2.1m more than had been indicated in financial documents ahead of the vote.

In his answer, Mr Swinney said: "This additional expenditure was due to the very high turnout.

"That huge and unprecedented modern turnout of almost 85% saw more than 3.6 million people across Scotland cast their votes on the nation's future."

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