But this summer has not left our elected representatives looking for things to keep them busy.
If they haven't had enough constituency matters to occupy their time, then they have been busy adding to the mountain of unsolicited mail pushed through the letterboxes of Scotland.
With all the parties signed up to either Yes Scotland or Better Together, they have been out campaigning for the referendum that is still more than one year away.
Meanwhile, the issues that affect the day-to-day lives of the people continue.
This summer we have seen dozens of people handed redundancy notices at Railcare in Springburn, many with fears they will not find another job and more workers handed their P45 at Philips electrical in Hamilton this week.
More ridiculous 'bedroom tax', cases emerged.
The most absurd surely being the Glasgow couple who had a house specially built after a seven-year wait when the husband and father lost a leg in an accident, being hit with a benefit cut unless they move out.
Warnings about affordable social housing shortages continue and hospitals are being investigated for higher than average mortality rates.
These issues will persist over the next year, but none will be demanding the lion's share of attention.
With the Scottish Government White Paper on Independence expected sometime later this year, the campaign will intensify and the plans put under greater scrutiny.
While it is the biggest decision Scotland's voters have ever faced, our politicians need to remember what they are paid for.
Yes Scotland and Better Together don't pay the salaries, the people do.
The issues and events listed have been given the attention of our MSPs and MPs over the summer.
What is essential is that when the referendum debate intensifies the inevitable campaigning is not carried out at to the detriment of any constituency work.
The job of an MSP and responsibility to the constituents must come first before party duty.
We also had the trial and conviction of serial wife beater MSP, Bill Walker, this summer.
Walker looks like proving yet again he has no shame by insisting on taking up his seat in the Parliament next week, despite overwhelming calls to resign.
In any other job the employer would be looking to dismiss such a man, yet it seems Parliament is powerless to remove him.
We have seen this before when Mike Watson was still able to sit in the House of Lords despite a jail term for fire raising. This has to change, Parliament is no place for criminals.