Daily political media summary for Thursday 30 April 2009
Monthly Archives: April, 2009
Daily political media summary for 29 April 2009.
Daily political media summary for 28 April 2009
Budget cuts and the stalled housebuilding sector have heaped misery on cash-strapped Scottish councils. Edinburgh based think tank Reform Scotland believes that the time is ripe to change the structural relationship between central and local government.
Daily political media summary for 27 April 2009.
Ian Fraser examines the best hopes for growth in an economy no longer able to rely on public spending. Geoff Mawdsley, Director of Reform Scotland, is quoted to say, \”We\’ve gone through a period of rapid growth in the block grant- this change gives the Scottish government more of an incentive to focus on value for the money.\”
As performance in England improves, Scottish education is found wanting in key areas. The Scottish Parliament has failed education. This is the stark conclusion reached by an unlikely trio comprising a former Scottish ministerial adviser, a leading educationist and a right-leaning think tank.
Daily political media summary for 24 April 2009.
Daily political media summary for 23 April 2009.
Daily political media summary for 22 April 2009.
Daily political media summary for 21 April 2009
Reform Scotland research shows that the performance of Scottish schools has not improved since devolution despite a massive increase in spending.
One of the few positive things to have come out of the much-maligned – at least by this correspondent – \”devolution industry\” has been the emergence into the public glare over the past year of the independent think tank, Reform Scotland. The latest think tank report has put a thorn in Alex Salmond\’s side – Scotland\’s declining educational standards, says Alan Cochrane in the Daily Telegraph.
Extra spending on education has had \’little or no effect\’ a think-tank claimed yesterday. Reform Scotland said that despite \’billions of pounds\’ being spent on schools since devolution, attainment levels had remained flat.