CALLOUT to All Disabled Scots: BBC Newsnight Scotland urgently needs you to attend a special studio debate on 2nd September in Glasgow


Audience plea for TV debate programme

BBC's Newsnight Scotland is making an appeal for audience members
BBC’s Newsnight Scotland is making an appeal for audience members


21 August 2013 Last updated at 14:43

The BBC’s Newsnight Scotland programme is appealing for members of the public to join an audience for its next debate on issues associated with the independence referendum.

The programme makers would like to hear what you think about pension provision and welfare arrangements – both of which are emerging as key topics in the referendum debate.

Do you think independence is the best way to safeguard existing welfare provision?

Do you think independence is a threat to your pension?

Does the welfare state need radical reform, whether Scotland becomes independent or not?

When, where, time?

  • Programme: Newsnight Scotland
  • Where: BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1DA
  • When: Monday, 2 September
  • Times: Doors open at 17:45 with the show being recorded between 19:30 and 20:30
  • Deadline: Make sure your application is sent by Friday, 30 August

Newsnight Scotland will have a panel of guests who will attempt to answer questions like these and any others you wish to put to them.

The special programme will be recorded on Monday, 2 September, at BBC Scotland’s Glasgow headquarters and participants will need to be available from 17:45 to 20:30

Guidelines require the BBC to reflect a broad range of views.

To help us do this, we will ask all members of the audience whether they are associated with a political party and if they already have a view on the referendum.

Voters in Scotland will go to the polls on Thursday, 18 September, next year when they will be asked the straight yes/no question:

“Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Now please fill out the following questionnaire application at this link:

1. Name and address

2. Your Contact Details

3. What is your occupation?

4. To help us ensure a broad range of views, we’d like to ask if you’ve decided how you might vote in next year’s independence referendum.

5. If there were a General Election tomorrow, which political party would you be most likely to vote for?

Other (please state)

6. Are you a member of a political party?

If Yes which party

7. The audience for BBC Scotland Debates is totally proactive and we wish to ensure that the opportunity to put forward questions and take part in the debates is given to those people wishing to participate. Would you please confirm that you are keen to get involved and if selected will ask your question.

8. What two questions would you like to ask?

9. Which of these groups do you consider yourself to belong to?

Other (please specify)

10. Of what nationality do you consider yourself?

Other (please specify)

11. Do you consider yourself to have any disabilities?

12. If you are disabled, do you require wheelchair access?

13. Have you been on a BBC Scotland TV or Radio Debate before?

14. How old are you?

15. The information you provide will be collected by the BBC. Are you happy for your email details to be retained so that we may contact you about appearing in the audience for other BBC programmes?

1 thought on “CALLOUT to All Disabled Scots: BBC Newsnight Scotland urgently needs you to attend a special studio debate on 2nd September in Glasgow

  1. Margaret says:

    Would love to fill out your application form, but as I hardly go out alone due to mental health disabilities here’s another occasion where my voice will not be heard.

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