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Reform Scotland News: 15 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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Businesses to run public services: CBI Scotland yesterday said that due to the country’s poor finances it was time to consider other ways of providing public services.  The CBI proposed that the government and its agencies could be turned into “commissioners of services”, outsourcing the delivery to the private and charitable sectors. The CBI also called on MSPs to end the ‘job for life’ culture in the public sector. (Scotsman page 4, Mail page 2, Sun page 4, Courier page 6, P&J page 5)

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Scottish Conservatives: Further coverage of Lord Forsyth’s role on the commission to look into the Tory party’s future in Scotland.  Lord Forsyth commented that Lord Sanderson, who is leading the commission, had been handed a “hospital pass”. (Scotsman page 12, David Torrance in the Scotsman, Times page 21)

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Economy

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Economic recovery: The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) yesterday forecast that growth next year would be 2.75%, half a percentage point less than former chancellor Alistair Darling claimed in March.  The OBR also suggested that borrowing was £30bn less than forecast. (Scotsman page 4, John McLaren in the Scotsman, Mail page 6, Sun page 4, Guardian page 1, Times page 6, Mirror page 10, Record page 2, FT page 1, Philip Stephens in the FT, Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph, Courier page 10, P&J page 1)

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Public sector pensions: Nick Clegg said yesterday that gold plated public sector pensions, set to cost the taxpayer £18bn this year, are unfair and unaffordable. (Mail page 1, Express page 2, Herald page 6, Guardian page 24, FT page 2, Telegraph page 1)

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BBC and public sector pay: The BBC has allegedly ignored pleas for public sector pay restraint with a multimillion-pound offer to boost the salaries of more than 13,000 workers. (Times page 1)

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Health

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Mobile phone threat: Research by International EMF Collaborative suggests that using a mobile phone for 30mins a day can raise the risk of developing brain tumours by 40%. (Express page 1, Mail page 6)

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Tags for Alzheimer’s: Scottish pensioners suffering from Alzheimer’s are being electronically tagged as part of a scheme to track their movements. (Mail page 10)

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OAP carers:  An alliance of disability charities has said that an increasing number of elderly carers looking after disabled adult children pose a ticking timebomb for Scotland’s social services. (Herald page 1)

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Justice

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Police coverage: Patrick Shearer, Chief Constable of Dumfries & Galloway Police Force, has said that police manpower will be increasingly focused on police hotspots, suggesting middle-class suburbs would have to deal with petty crime themselves. (Telegraph page 2, P&J page 7)