Cancer charity calls for investigation into free care refusals

Andy Masterton Andy Masterton was twice refused free personal care despite being terminally ill with motor neurone disease

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A cancer charity has called for an "urgent investigation" to find out how many terminally ill people are being wrongly charged for personal care.

It follows the case of Andy Masterton who was told by East Ayrshire Council that he wasn't close enough to death to qualify for the benefit.

The council only reversed its decision after the case was highlighted by BBC Scotland.

Marie Curie Cancer Care now wants cases across Scotland to be reviewed.

The charity's head of policy for Scotland, Richard Meade, said: "We call for an urgent investigation of the situation across Scotland to ascertain how often people with a terminal illness are being denied the support they are entitled to at a time when they need it most.

"Nobody seems to know how many people under 65 are entitled to free personal care, receiving it, or being rejected.

"To have to go through those battles when you're terminally ill and time is precious is not good."

Help with washing and dressing is currently only free for over-65s in Scotland.

'Deeply unfair'

Guidance produced by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) recommends that councils also waive charges for those under 65 who have a terminal illness.

However, councils interpret this guidance in a variety of ways.

Mr Masterton was told he had "applied too early" for the benefit, despite being diagnosed with a terminal illness which has an average life expectancy of just 14 months.

He was turned down a second time despite being almost entirely paralysed and bedridden.

East Ayrshire Council said only people who could prove they had less than four weeks to live were entitled to free personal care.

Gordon Aikman, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged just 29, has been campaigning on the issue. He told BBC Scotland the "cruel and deeply unfair" practice of charging terminally ill patients has to end.

He said: "As the case of Andy Masterton shows, the current guidance isn't working.

Stiff penalties

"The simple way to end this practice is to make it illegal for councils to charge terminally ill patients for personal care and introduce stiff penalties for councils that break the law.

"Given half of people with MND die within 14 months of diagnosis, it is clear that time is not on our side. The Scottish government needs to outlaw this now, no delays, no excuses."

Earlier this year, MND Scotland said too many people with the disease were being turned down for free personal care.

Health Secretary Alex Neil promised to bring in powers to tackle the problem if it wasn't sorted out voluntarily.

The Scottish government told the BBC it was working with Cosla to update guidance so that all authorities could apply a consistent and compassionate definition of a terminal illness.

East Ayrshire Council is reviewing its policy.

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Scotland Decides: Counting under way

  1. No 29,040
  2. Yes 21,233
After 2 of 32 counts Results in detail

Referendum Live

  1.  
    02:25: Edinburgh count Laura Bicker BBC Referendum Correspondent

    This is quite a hefty count to go through so it could be 05:00 before we get the result. There are a few worried faces within the "Yes" camp.

    I have spoken to a few people here who believe it could be as much as 60% for "No" and 40% for "Yes".

     
  2.  
    @jimmurphymp 02:21: Jim Murphy

    Labour's Jim Murphy tweets: Looks like a very big win for No in our local authority of East Renfrewshire on over 90% turnout.

     
  3.  
    02:21: Argyll & Bute helicopters

    Ballot boxes for the count at Lochgilphead arrived on two helicopters. The first one arrived from Iona, Tiree, Coll and Mull. The second carried ballots from Jura, Gigha, Islay and Colonsay. See here for more updates on Argyll & Bute.

    Helicopter ballot boxes
     
  4.  
    02:20: Close in Inverclyde Sally McNair Reporter, BBC Scotland

    The turnout is 87%, which is quite phenomenal for this area. The vote is neck and neck and could come to the last vote here.

    The "Yes" campaign were more confident earlier in the evening but they are perhaps less ebullient now. They have been fighting for every vote and it appears to be very close here.

     
  5.  
    02:15: Perth & Kinross count

    There are a handful of policemen at the Perth and Kinross count in Perth to assist with the smooth running of the referendum count. See here for more updates on Perth & Kinross.

    Police in Perth
     
  6.  
    02:13: Convincing win Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    A very convincing win for "No" in Orkney - no surprise there, as it's solid Liberal Democrat country. There were two spoiled ballot papers.

     
  7.  
    02:11: North Ayrshire turnout

    Turnout was 84.4% in North Ayrshire.

     
  8.  
    02:11: 100-year-old voter Laura Maxwell, BBC Scotland

    Edinburgh's chief counting officer Sue Bruce says one woman who voted in person today was celebrating her 100th birthday. Ms Bruce described it as "a wonderful demonstration of the voter's commitment to democracy".

     
  9.  
    02:10: 'Remarkable' turnout Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The high voter turnout is becoming one of the stories of the evening so far at the Ingliston central count.

    Lib Dem peer Lord Wallace says the 83% turnout in his former Orkney constituency is "remarkable", given turnout at elections there never really got above about 67%.

     
  10.  
    02:09: Scottish Borders turnout Morag Kinniburgh, BBC Scotland News

    Scottish Borders turnout is 87.4%.

     
  11.  
    02:08: Orkney analysis John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    This is probably one of the toughest council areas for the "Yes" side thus we should not be surprised if the council reports a very substantial "No" lead here.

    This is exactly what has transpired with "Yes" winning less than a third of the vote. We should probably avoid reading too much into this given the count of the area.

     
  12.  
    02:07: Falkirk count Fiona Walker BBC Scotland

    Both sides say it's neck and neck in Falkirk. Both still smiling...

     
  13.  
    02:07: Dumfries turnout

    Turnout in Dumfries and Galloway was 87.5%.

     
  14.  
    02:04: 'Utter cynicism'

    Conservative peer and former Scotland Secretary Lord Forsyth tells the BBC: "The political class really ought to take a lesson from this referendum campaign because the one thing that came over on the doorsteps was utter cynicism about the political class."

     
  15.  
    02:04: ORKNEY RESULT

    "No" wins by 10,004 to 4,883, or 67% to 33%.

    There was a turnout of 83.7%

     
  16.  
    02:02: East Dunbartonshire John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Another middle class area that commonly has a relatively high turnout has again repeated past patterns by emerging with no less than a 91% turnout. This is the highest turnout so far.

     
  17.  
    02:01: Eilean Siar count Catriona Maclennan BBC Scotland

    Counting of the ballot papers from the Southern Isles now in full swing. Updated estimated time of declaration for the Western Isles is now 02:30. See here for more updates on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

    Southern Isles
     
  18.  
    02:01: Turnout analysis John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    So far the differences between councils in their level of turnout is very similar to that which was evident in the May European elections.

    Thus, although the turnout is typically more than 50 points up on the turnout in May, it looks as though the places with a relatively high turnout in this referendum are going to be the same kinds of places that usually have a relatively high turnout.

    This casts doubt on claims that the "Yes" side has been successful in mobilising voters who do not normally come to the polls.

     
  19.  
    02:00: It's big

    Turnout for this trip to the ballot box has been huge - from Glasgow at 75% to East Dunbartonshire at 91%, and East Renfrewshire and Stirling at more than 90%.

    This most certainly defies the trend of recent years. Study the figures in this picture.

    Datapic on turnout
     
  20.  
    01:59: Perth and Kinross turnout Suzanne Allan, BBC Scotland News

    The turnout for Perth and Kinross is 86.9% - 104,285 votes cast.

     
  21.  
    01:57: Falkirk turnout

    Falkirk turnout is 88.7%.

     
  22.  
    01:57: More turnout figures Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    More turnout figures for you. West Lothian: 119,115 votes (86.2% turnout) Midlothian: 60,396 votes (86.8% turnout) Shetland: 15,635 votes (84.4% turnout) and Angus: 80,300 votes (85.7% turnout).

     
  23.  
    01:56: City turnout lower John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Aberdeen has reported a turnout of 82%. This is the third Scottish city to report a lower turnout than much of more rural and suburban Scotland.

     
  24.  
    01:56: East Dunbartonshire turnout Sharyn Fleming

    The East Dunbartonshire turnout figure has been confirmed at 91%, with 79,011 votes cast.

     
  25.  
    01:56: Alex Salmond clarification

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson: Aides to @AlexSalmond insist that he has not cancelled appearance at his count. They say he was not going in the first place

     
  26.  
    01:55: South Lanarkshire turnout Catriona Renton, BBC Scotland News

    South Lanarkshire turnout is 85.3%, with 22,2937 votes cast.

     
  27.  
    01:55: Shetland turnout Daniel Lawson, BBC Scotland News

    Shetland turnout is confirmed as 84.4%, with 15,635 votes cast.

     
  28.  
    01:54: Glasgow's lower turnout John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    At 75% the turnout in Glasgow is markedly lower than elsewhere and appears to be fitting in a pattern whereby the turnout in Scotland's cities is lower than the rest of Scotland. Given the "Yes" side's hopes of doing well in the city this will come as a disappointment to them.

     
  29.  
    01:53: Glasgow turnout Gillian Sharpe, BBC Scotland News

    The Glasgow turnout is 75%.

     
  30.  
    01:53: West Lothian No? Alexandra MacKenzie BBC News

    We are hearing early and unofficial talk from the "Yes" camp that they have lost the count in West Lothian. They are telling us it is 45% for Yes.

     
  31.  
    01:51: Get involved

    There have been nearly 94,000 tweets about the referendum sent between midnight and 01:00, down 18% on the previous hour.

    Many of the top tweets were about allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow and some were about the electoral turnout in places such as Orkney.

    The most shared tweet came from Sky News over the alleged electoral fraud which was retweeted 1,246 times.

    The most influential account in the last hour was that of Scottish entrepreneur Michelle Mone who tweeted asking who was staying up all night.

    You can join the conversation via the #indyref hashtag, tweet @BBCPolitics or go to the BBC News Facebook pageg

     
  32.  
    01:50: South Ayrshire turnout Alasdair Lamont, BBC Scotland News

    South Ayrshire turnout is 86.1%, with 81,716 votes cast.

     
  33.  
    01:49: South Lanarkshire count Catriona Renton BBC Scotland

    TV turned off in foyer after noisy reaction to Clackmannanshire declaration.

     
  34.  
    01:47: Stirling turnout

    Stirling turnout is 90.1%.

     
  35.  
    01:47: Angus turnout David Currie Reporting Scotland presenter

    Angus turnout is 85.7% and the total number of votes cast is 80,300.

     
  36.  
    01:46: East Renfrewshire turnout Jane Lewis, BBC Scotland News

    The turnout at East Renfrewshire is 90.4% - total votes to be counted are 66,021.

     
  37.  
    01:46: Record turnout 'probable' John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Angus has reported a turnout of 86% in what, of course, is one of the SNP's strongest areas.

    On the basis of the results in so far, there is now a very high probability that the turnout will be higher than the record highest turnout in Scotland of 81% in the 1951 election.

     
  38.  
    01:44: West Lothian prediction Alison Macdonald BBC Scotland

    The SNP council group leader in West Lothian is predicting a "Yes" loss to "No". Peter Johnson says they think "No" will get 53% and "Yes" 47%.

     
  39.  
    01:43: Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    So it's a special congratulations to the 7 people in Clackmannanshire who voted both 'yes' and 'no'.

     
  40.  
    01:42: South Ayrshire turnout

    81,716 votes have been cast in South Ayrshire, representing 86.1% of the electorate.

     
  41.  
    01:41: Dundee count back on Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    Counting staff now re-entering building after the count suspended due to a fire alarm. Building evacuated for 10 minutes.

     
  42.  
    01:40: Clackmannanshire win Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland correspondent

    Better Together celebrates winning Clackmannanshire.

    BT celebrates
     
  43.  
    01:40: Midlothian turnout Carol Purcell, BBC Scotland News

    Midlothian turnout is 86.8%, with 60,396 ballot papers.

     
  44.  
    01:39: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Gordon Wilson, the former SNP leader, says it is beginning to look as if No might win the day. Not, he stresses, that he is conceding. Based upon the opening result from Clackmannanshire which, he said, was a disappointing outcome. The result there, of course, 54% to No, 46% for Yes.

     
  45.  
    01:38: More turnout news

    Midlothian has reported yet another very large turnout, with more than 87% of the electorate having cast a ballot.

    The Angus turnout is 85.7% and East Ayrshire is 84.5%.

     
  46.  
    01:36: Ballots found Aileen Clarke BBC Scotland

    All ten ballot papers at centre of police electoral fraud investigation in Glasgow have been found and will be passed to Police Scotland

     
  47.  
    01:34: Caution from Curtice John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Clackmannanshire is a relatively small part of Scotland and we should not place too much weight on the result.

     
  48.  
    01:34: Wee county news

    Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell said he felt earlier in the week that Clackmannanshire would be good news for Better Together.

     
  49.  
    01:33: Curran 'pleased'

    Labour MP and shadow Scotland secretary Margaret Curran says she is pleased with the "No" vote in Clackmannanshire.

    It is "perhaps indicative" of a better night than she expected, she adds cautiously.

     
  50.  
    01:33: Clackmannanshire result Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    I would say this a disappointment for the "Yes" side. Not that they would have expected to sweep to victory but they would have expected to do better than that.

     
  51.  
    01:31: 54-46 for 'No'

    The Clackmannanshire result means "No" wins by 54% to 46%.

     
  52.  
    01:31: Dundee evacuation update Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    Dundee counting staff outside count. Building evacuated due to fire alarm.

    Dundee evacuation
     
  53.  
    01:30: CLACKMANNANSHIRE RESULT

    "No" wins by 19,036 to 16,350. The total number of ballots was 35,410, a turnout of 88.6%.

     
  54.  
    01:29: 'Influence will vanish' Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Gordon Wilson, the former leader of the SNP, says that in the event of a "No" vote Scotland's influence will vanish into the sand.

    Mr Wilson voiced substantial scepticism as to whether the response of the UK establishment in such an eventuality would be radical.

    If it is indeed a "No" vote, the focus - or one focus - would be upon that offer of more powers. I stress, if...

     
  55.  
    01:28: Dundee turnout

    Dundee turnout is 79%, with 93,558 votes cast.

     
  56.  
    01:27: Dumfries & Galloway count Willie Johnston BBC Scotland

    Better Together confident of "No" vote in Dumfries and Galloway. Some activists saying it could be two to one in their favour.

     
  57.  
    01:27: Dundee evacuation

    The Dundee count is being evacuated because of a fire alarm.

     
  58.  
    01:27: 'Positive vibes' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The chairman of the official campaign for independence, Dennis Canavan, seems in good spirits at the Ingliston national count centre, saying he's "hopeful" of a good "Yes" result.

    The former Labour MP, who's been trying to convince disenfranchised Labour members to back independence, was in his old Falkirk stomping ground today, where he says he picked up "very positive vibes".

     
  59.  
    01:26: Northern Isles John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    The turn out in Shetland is, like Orkney, somewhat lower than elsewhere and standing at 84%. Shetland is also an area where the "No" side is expected to do relatively well.

     
  60.  
    01:25: Stirling count Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    I have to tell you among the "Yes" campaign there are some fairly glum faces awaiting the result that we expect about 03:00.

     
  61.  
    01:24: Dundee turnout disappointment

    Yes campaigner and former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars admits he is disappointed by the relatively low turnout figure in Dundee, which is predicted to be a Yes stronghold. He says it causes a "degree of worry" for the Yes campaign.

     
  62.  
    01:23: High flyers

    Argyll and Bute Council ballot papers were taken by helicopter to to be counted in Lochgilphead.

    ballot papers going into helicopter
     
  63.  
    01:23: Clackmannanshire count Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland correspondent

    Clackmannanshire result due in five minutes. Magic number for the winning side will be 17,705.

    Better Together campaigners in Alloa looking relaxed.

     
  64.  
    01:22:

    Alan Roden of the Scottish Daily Mail tweets: #indyref intelligence: No slightly behind in W. Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde, neck-and-neck in N. Lanarkshire, well ahead in S. Lanarkshire

     
  65.  
    01:21: Orkney vote

    Dave Grey in Orkney is now saying the result will be declared before 02:00.

    He said: "The Better Together campaigners are looking happier. The seat has been Liberal or Liberal Democrat for as long as I have been alive so for the Yes campaign to take Orkney would be a bit of a coup."

     
  66.  
    01:20: Perth & Kinross count Suzanne Allan BBC Scotland

    Perth and Kinross Council have had 600 commemorative pin badges made to hand out to staff in thanks for working on the referendum.

    Badges
     
  67.  
    01:20: West Lothian turnout Alison MacDonald, BBC Scotland News

    Official turnout for West Lothian is 86.2%.

     
  68.  
    01:19: First to declare

    Clackmannanshire and Orkney are both expected to declare within the next 15 minutes. Who will be first?

     
  69.  
    01:18: Glasgow hotel Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    I'm with the Better Together campaign at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow - they are looking increasingly confident.

     
  70.  
    01:16: More turnout figures Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Some more turnout figures for you: Renfrewshire saw 117,612 votes with an 87.3% turnout. Inverclyde: 54,601 votes with an 87.4% turnout, West Dunbartonshire: 62,532 votes, with turnout at 87.9% and Dundee: 93,592 votes with turnout at 78.8%.

     
  71.  
    01:12: West Dunbartonshire turnout

    Update. West Dunbatonshire total votes 62,532 - turnout 87.9%.

     
  72.  
    01:12: Falkirk turnout

    Falkirk turnout is to be announced "very shortly, as we speak" says counting officer Rose Mary Glackin.

     
  73.  
    01:12: Hosie on Dundee turnout

    SNP MP Stewart Hosie in Dundee said: "Given what we have seen in parts of Scotland today, with turnouts of 85% and 90%, a 78% turnout here seems disappointing. In any other election, in any other referendum, a 78% turnout would be an extraordinary feat."

    Asked whether he was still hopeful that "Yes" would win the referendum, Mr Hosie said there was, for now, an "information vacuum".

    "Votes have not yet been counted, not a single result has been declared," he added.

     
  74.  
    01:07: Angus count David Currie Reporting Scotland presenter

    Soundings from both camps suggest it could be quite close in Angus. We expect to discover the turnout figure at 01:30.

     
  75.  
    01:06: Coffee break

    As the count enters the wee small hours, counting agents grab some coffee to keep their energy levels up.

    Coffee break
     
  76.  
    01:06: Glasgow fraud search

    Colin Edgar, head of communication at Glasgow City Council, says the search for ballot papers which are the subject of an investigation of electoral fraud "will not delay the count".

     
  77.  
    01:05: Looking disappointed Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland News presenter

    Early reports suggest Glasgow may have voted 54% "Yes" to 46% "No". However, "Yes" campaigners look a bit disappointed as they hoped the result would be more in their favour.

     
  78.  
    01:05: No in East Lothian?

    "No" campaigners in Eat Lothian say they are certain they have secured at least 62% of the vote, based on a sample of 12,000 votes cast.

     
  79.  
    01:04: Canavan optimistic

    Chairman of Yes Scotland Dennis Canavan tells the BBC he is optimistic that the campaign "can still win a famous victory".

     
  80.  
    01:03: Fraud allegation update Aileen Clarke BBC Scotland

    These allegations, as I understand it, relate to 10 votes.

    The technical term for the allegation is "personation".

    This is where somebody claiming to be Joe Bloggs turns up at a polling station and votes. Then maybe several hours later when the real Joe Bloggs finishes work and turns up to vote there is a problem. 'I'm sorry sir you have already voted'.

    The allegation is that that has happened on 10 separate occasions at polling stations across Glasgow.

    They will now try to trace the number of those ballots when it comes to the count.

    We have noticed one of them being put aside in an envelope. That will form part of the police investigation as we understand it.

    The number of people registered to vote in Glasgow is 486,219.

     
  81.  
    01:00: Western Isles update Catriona Maclennan, BBC Scotland

    The plane with the ballot papers from the Southern Isles (Uist and Barra) left Benbecula at 00:22 and is expected to land in Stornoway at approx 01:00.

    There had been uncertainty over how the papers would get here due to low lying fog all over the islands.

    Plan B was to transport the papers by boat from Uist to Harris, and then to Lewis by road, which would have meant a 05:00-06:00 declaration. Looking at a 03:00 declaration, approximately.

     
  82.  
    00:58: Last Shetland boxes

    The islands of Unst and Yell are the last boxes to arrive in Shetland.

    Shetland votes
     
  83.  
    00:57: 'Broken political system'

    Scottish Green party MSP Patrick Harvie, a supporter of the "Yes" campaign, tells the BBC that the UK has "a broken political system that has been propping up a broken economic system". The anger at this has been "channelled into something positive" in Scotland, he claims.

     
  84.  
    00:56: Andy Murray surprise Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    I was astonished that Andy Murray tweeted his support for independence in the early hours of Thursday.

    Partly because he had kept his own counsel for so long and partly because it came pretty much on polling day.

    I spoke to him about this very issue in New York a few weeks ago and he said he would play for an independent Scotland at the Olympics but he hadn't given it too much thought because he wasn't expecting it to happen.

    So when he said what he said yesterday it was game, set and match for the astonishment factor for me.

     
  85.  
    00:55: Inverclyde count Sally McNair Reporter, BBC Scotland

    The count at Inverclyde, in the Waterfront ice rink overlooking the Firth of Clyde, is well under way. All 75 boxes from 38 polling stations were brought here within an hour of the polls closing.

    With just under 62,500 registered voters here, this is the fifth smallest council area in Scotland and should be one of the first to declare.

    Polling has been high, with queues at some of the polling stations before they opened at 07:00.

     
  86.  
    00:55: Dundee City turnout Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    Dundee City reports a turnout of 78.8%.

     
  87.  
    00:55: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Intriguing comments from polling organisation leaders on the potential outcome. They suggest that 'Yes' made significant ground, only for there to be a move back in a 'No' direction right at the very close.

    All note the difficulty in assessing a referendum by contrast with elections - where there is a history of comparable voting behaviour. All agree the need to reassess polling methods.

    As I say, intriguing - but of decidedly minor moment by comparison with the decision being taken by Scotland tonight.

    Two years of campaigning. Two seconds to mark a cross on a small piece of paper.

     
  88.  
    00:53: Hidden 'thumbs up' Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Campaigners gathered at the Better Together campaign at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow say voters were reluctant to say openly if they voted "No" but instead gave "No" volunteers a surreptitious wink!

    They replied with a "thumbs up" under their jackets.

     
  89.  
    00:52: 'Victory for the people' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Lord Wallace, Advocate General for Scotland in the UK government, and Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill are playing their cards close to the chest at the Ingliston central count.

    Mr MacAskill says he's "contemplating a 'Yes' vote", while Lord Wallace says it would be "rash" to predict an outcome at this stage in the game. Both men, though, agree this referendum has been a victory for the people, whatever the result, given the remarkably high turnouts we've seen so far.

     
  90.  
    00:53: High turnout John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Inverclyde has also recorded a very high turnout with 87% of voters having cast a ballot.

    We have now had turnouts from three areas which are thought to be relatively fertile territory for the "Yes" side.

    In all three cases the turnout has been 87% to 89%.

    In contrast in the one place where "No" are expected to do well, and we have information on the number of papers that have been found in the ballot boxes, the turnout is somewhat lower at 84%.

     
  91.  
    00:51: East Renfrewshire count Jane Lewis BBC Scotland

    Still verifying here in East Renfrewshire but "No" supporter Jim Murphy says "we've won it by miles."

    The "Yes" camp tell me "it's a mixed bag".

     
  92.  
    00:50: 'Shift to No'

    Peter Kellner from pollsters YouGov told BBC Scotland: "We are saying 54% No, 46% Yes.

    "We reckon there has been a two-point shift to No just today from either people shifting or from the 'No' people being especially determined to turn out to vote.

    "The word out is that Glasgow is very close. Yes needs to win Glasgow comfortably if they are to win overall. If it is tight in Glasgow, 'No' has won Scotland."

     
  93.  
    00:49: BT analysis

    BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor is providing analysis through the night.

    Brian Taylor
     
  94.  
    00:48: No Alex Salmond

    BBC Politics: First Minister Alex Salmond cancels appearance at own #indyref count, @bbcnickrobinson says

     
  95.  
    00:48: 'Different country'

    Historian Peter Hennessy tells the BBC in Westminster that the UK "will be a different country" whatever the result of the referendum. "The English question has been rumbling but will soon become a roar," he predicts.

     
  96.  
    00:47: Electoral fraud allegations update Aileen Clarke BBC Scotland

    Police investigating allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow. It relates to 10 votes cast in various polling stations around the city.

     
  97.  
    00:44: Electoral fraud allegations

    Editor of The Herald, Magnus Llewellin: BREAKING: Allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow. Allegations of double vote impersonation in Glasgow #indyref

     
  98.  
    00:44: Orkney count

    Former Big Brother winner, and Better Together campaigner, Cameron Stout looks on as the Orkney count takes place.

    Cameron Stout
     
  99.  
    00:43: Queen to make statement

    The Queen is to make a written statement on Friday afternoon, regardless of the referendum result.

     
  100.  
    Email: yourpics@bbc.co.uk 00:43: Get involved

    Andrew McCallum sent these pictures from Jura of ballot boxes being collected: "The helicopter had arrived from Gigha to collect our votes and was then heading to Islay airport and Colonsay, before flying to Lochgilphead where the votes will be counted."

    The vote being collected from Jura by helicopter
     

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