Daily Political Media Summary: 10 June 2009
All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is blue and underlined.
Lloyds Banking Group: Lloyds Banking Group is working on the basis that it may close up to 400 bank branches, including 164 Cheltenham & Gloucester outlets set to shut in November. (FT page 12)
Short sentences: Managers of Scotland’s prison estate yesterday backed the Scottish Government’s policy of eradicating short-term sentences. Mike Ewart, the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service, said that locking criminals up for six months or less made the community a more dangerous place. He said short-term sentences did nothing to rehabilitate offenders. (Scotsman page 2, Courier page 3, Daily Express page 5)
Police numbers: Kenny MacAskill claimed yesterday that the Scottish Government was on target to meet its commitment of 1,000 extra police after new figures showed that the number of officers in Scotland had risen above 17,000 for the first time. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 6, Courier page 11, Press and Journal page 7)
Council Tax breaks: Council tax breaks for energy efficiency measures such as better insulation look almost certain to be included in the legislation now going through the Scottish Parliament. A Labour move yesterday for the Climate Change Bill to include a tax break scheme was backed in a 5-3 vote at a Holyrood Committee. (Herald page 2)
Swine Flu: The head of the World Health Organisation has said that swine flu has reached pandemic proportions. A further 32 people were confirmed yesterday with swine flu in Scotland, bringing the total to 264. (Scotsman page 6, Press and Journal page 5)
Repossession rules: Legislation making it harder for mortgage lenders to repossess homes has been promised by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government pledge came in response to a report on repossessions by an expert group of lawyers, mortgage lenders, debt advisors and consumer bodies. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 1, Daily Express page 4)