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REFORM SCOTLAND NEWS: 10 JUNE 2010

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 10 June 2010

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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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In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News. 

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Politics

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Waste Recycling: The Scottish Government has published its Zero Waste Plan to reduce waste sent to landfills and feed new green power plants. By 2013 all households in Scotland will be expected to separate their food waste from other rubbish, leading up to a 2015 ban on all food and recyclable materials being sent to landfill. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 5, Daily Telegraph page 12, Press and Journal page 1, Courier page 7) 

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Spending Cuts: The Holyrood finance committee has said that Scotland’s public sector leaders are showing a “lack of urgency” in dealing with the extensive package of cuts needed in Scotland. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 8, Daily Telegraph page 5, Press and Journal page 9, Daily Express page 17) 

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Scottish Affairs Committee:  Glasgow South West MP Ian Davidson will be chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee, but the make-up of the rest of the committee is still uncertain. (Scotsman page 8) 

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Labour Leadership: Diane Abbot has secured the necessary 33 votes to join Ed Balls, Ed Miliband, David Miliband and Andy Burnham in the Labour leadership race. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Opinion by Iain Macwhirther in the Herald, Daily Telegraph page 10, Press and Journal page 13, Courier page 14, Guardian page 12, Times page 17, Financial Times page 2) 

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Holyrood Election:  SNP MSP Andrew Welsh has joined the list of five veteran SNP MSPs who will stand down in next May’s elections. (Herald page 6, Courier page 3) 

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Campaign for Fiscal Responsibility:  Simon Johnson writes in the Daily Telegraph that Alex Bell, Alex Salmond’s former speech writer, but no longer a member of the SNP, has been lobbying in favour of plans to hand more tax powers to Holyrood. Stewart Spence, a leading hotel businessman, has joined the list of more than 100 figures from all sectors calling for fiscal powers for Scotland. (Daily Telegraph page 1, Press and Journal page 13) 

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Economy

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Tax rises:  CBI’s chief economic advisor Ian McCafferty has written to Chancellor George Osborne to say there should be £4 spending cuts for every £1 in tax rises in order to avoid derailing the economic recovery. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 29, Daily Telegraph page 2, Guardian page 24, Times page 45, Financial Times page 3) 

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Unemployment: The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has revised its unemployment prediction up to almost three million by 2012 due to government deficit reduction plans that could see 750,000 public sector workers joining the dole queue. (Scotsman page 5, Daily Telegraph page 4, Guardian page 1, Financial Times page 3, Daily Mail page 19)  

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Bank Charges: Citizens Advice Scotland has disclosed that the poorest people in society are being hit by unfair banking fees that penalise low-income customers and force them further into debt. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 4, Press and Journal page 17, Courier page 11, Daily Express page 4) 

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House Prices:  The charity Shelter Scotland has hit out at Scottish housing policy after it emerged first-time buyers must now pay three times more than in 1994 and becoming a homeowner in Scotland is 75 per cent more difficult than 15 years ago. (Scotsman page 21, Herald page 4) 

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Scottish Trade: MSPs have criticised Scottish Development International for failing to help small firms export overseas, despite SMEs accounting for 99 per cent of all businesses. (Scotsman page B1) 

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Tourism: Visit Scotland expects business tourism to generate £1 billion next year thanks to investments and the recession. (Herald page 27) 

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Transport

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Trams: Less than a fifth of Edinburgh’s tram scheme has been completed according to the chief executive of the tram firm and council officials are being instructed to look for alternative funding mechanisms as two thirds of the budget has already been spent. (Scotsman page 6, Daily Express page 5) 

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BA Strikes: Members of Unite walked out for the 22nd day yesterday as plans for a fresh ballot of BA cabin crew was revealed to be in advanced stages. (Scotsman page 6, Press and Journal page 5, Guardian page 8) 

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Cycling: The Scottish Government will miss its target of increasing the number of cyclists by ten per cent over the next decade unless it matches the ambitious target with adequate funding according to the Holyrood Transport committee. (Scotsman page 7 

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Health

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Spending: The Centre for Public Policy for Regions has published a report arguing that Scotland does not see health improvements in line with the higher level of spending on health. Scotland spends about £250 per head more on health than in England and has a 30 per cent higher staffing level. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 6, Daily Telegraph page 8, Times page 13, Daily Express page 10) 

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Minimum Alcohol Pricing:  The British Medical Association Scotland, Alcohol Focus and Scottish Health Association on Alcohol Problems have sent a joint briefing paper to MSPs urging them to back the Scottish Government bill introducing a minimum price on alcohol. The bill will be debated in Holyrood today. (Scotsman page 15, Press and Journal page 9, Courier page 14)

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Alzheimer’s Test: A team at Edinburgh University will today unveil a memory test that could identify people prone to Alzheimer’s before they develop symptoms, thereby assisting with early diagnosis and treatment. (Herald page 3)

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Autism: The world’s largest study into autism has discovered a number of genetic links that could help identify the root cause of the disability and help develop a genetic test. (Daily Telegraph page 7, Guardian page 4, Times page 19)

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Justice

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Criminal Gangs:  Gangmasters are moving into new industries including construction, restaurants and care homes to take advantage of the limited policing and less vigorous controls on licenses and protection for workers. (Herald page 1)

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Education

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New Curriculum:  Scotland’s education secretary Michael Russell has urged teachers to not to strike over troubled implementation of the new curriculum. The Curriculum for Excellence was unveiled six years ago to reform Scotland’s ‘prescriptive’ education system, but teachers have complained that there was a lack of detail and funding for implementation. (Herald page 7)