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Daily Political Media Summary: 7 October 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 7 October 2009

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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.

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 Economy

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Recession: Serious doubts have been cast on the UK’s chances of pulling itself out recession during the third quarter after a shock fall in manufacturing output. The 1.9 per cent decline in August came after two months of growth and against predictions of a 0.4 per cent rise. (Scotsman B1, Herald page 23, Times page 49, Daily Telegraph B2, Press and Journal page 17, Financial Times page 6, Guardian page 26)

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 Banking pensions: Up to 75,000 staff at Lloyds Banking Group could lose hundreds of thousands of pounds from their pension pots under the bank’s cost-cutting plans. (Scotsman page 2)

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 Car Sales: Sales of new cars has surged in Scotland however manufacturing has declined. (Herald, Scotsman page 22, Daily Telegraph page B3, Press and Journal page 11)

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 Crime

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Police cuts: Police chiefs warn that they will only just be able to maintain police numbers if they receive what they expect from next year’s Scottish budget. They also complained they were unable to plan properly as police money given to councils is no longer ring-fenced. (Scotsman page 10, Daily Telegraph page 15, Press and Journal page 7)

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 Knife Crime:  Children are being urged to send tip-offs by text message if they suspect their peers are carrying offensive weapons. (Scotsman page 11, Times page 26, Courier page 3, Daily Record page 21)

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 Drugs: Scotland’s drug users spend £1.4 billion a year feeding their habit, resulting in social costs totalling almost £3.5 billion annually and equivalent to £400,000 per hour. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 1, Times page 22, Daily Telegraph page 10, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Daily Record page 5, Daily Mail page 4, Daily Express page 2, Sun page 8)

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 Health

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Asthma: Hundreds of thousands of asthmatic children may be increasing their chances of an attack while using the UK’s most common inhaler. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 1, Times page 14, Press and Journal page 7, Guardian page 2, Daily Mail page 5, Daily Express page 9)

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 Nursing: A nursing group is on a collision course with the Scottish government over claims the draft budget will cut £6 million from education spending and will lead to a reduction in nursing students. (Scotsman page 22, Herald, Courier page 11, Press and Journal page 9)

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 Social work: A new unit to help Scottish social workers with child protection has been unveiled. The Multi-Agency Resources Service (Mars) is the first of its kind in the UK and will help staff tackle difficult cases and share best practice among local authorities. (Press and Journal page 4, Courier)

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 Transport

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Glasgow Airport Rail Link: The Glasgow city council leader, Stephen Purcell, yesterday accused ministers of “double accounting or mismanagement” over their plans to abandon the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project. (Scotsman page 24, Herald page 1, Times page 26, Daily Telegraph page 8)

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 Tram works: Struggling traders have attacked Edinburgh’s tram company for failing to uphold a promise of respite from construction works over the festive period. Work is now almost a year behind schedule and will continue to disrupt parts of the city centre. (Scotsman page 8)

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 Local buses: A small bus firm that tried to lure Stagecoach passengers with offers of mulled wine and free journeys and by masquerading as its giant rival has been banned indefinitely from operating. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 3, Courier page 5, Press and Journal page 3)

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 Road closures: Automobile Association has called for roads authorities and police to speed up investigations following road incidents and for a review to establish how road closure decisions are made. The recommendations drew a frosty response from police. (Herald page 2)

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 Education

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Green education: Every primary school in Glasgow is to be provided with an allotment to promote healthy eating and educate children about the environment. (Scotsman page 13)

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 Politics

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Pay Freeze: The SNP administration has backed austerity measures that will see pay freezes for judges, GPs and senior NHS managers but has held back from supporting the Conservative plans for a blanket freeze on most public sector staff. (Scotsman page 1)

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 Conservative conference: Shadow chancellor, George Osborne, yesterday set out Conservative plans for a series of cuts and savings he says will be necessary to reduce Britain’s deficit. Plans include pay freezes, slashed tax credits, increased pension age and cutting the costs of Whitehall (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Financial Times page 1, Guardian page 1, Daily Record page 1, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Express page 4, Sun page 7, Daily Mirror page 4)

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 Bridge Tragedy: The Scottish Government is backing an inquiry into the suicides of two teenagers who jumped from the Erskine Bridge. The authorities will explore whether anything could have been done to prevent the tragedy and whether bridge barriers should be raised. Questions are also being raised about the care home where the girls spent their last hours as it was investigated by the police last year after claims that pupils were being abused. (Herald page 5, Scotsman page 8, Times page 3, Daily Telegraph page 18, Courier page 9, Press and Journal page 9, Guardian page 13, Daily Record page 9, Daily Mail page 5, Daily Express page 7)

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 Homecoming: Alex Salmond has vowed to repeat the Year of Homecoming as he revealed the initiative was on track to easily surpass official targets. (Scotsman page 10, Times page 19)