REFORM SCOTLAND NEWS: 13 JULY 2010

Reform Scotland

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 13 July 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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AV referendum: David Cameron and Nick Clegg have rejected Alex Salmond’s concerns about holding the planned referendum on the same day as the Scottish parliamentary elections. (The Herald page 4.)

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Economy

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Construction industry: Commercial development activity has hit its lowest level for almost a year, raising concerns for Scotland’s construction industry, which may plunge into a second crisis. However, the construction group Kier showed signs of revival as its annual profits were at the top end of market hopes. (The Scotsman page B1, The Press and Journal page B17.)

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Bank lending: Finance Secretary John Swinney has warned that low bank lending can threaten the economic recovery in Scotland. He argues that “the availability of capital and investment is fundamental to how we make progress.” The warning comes after a survey indicated that one in three businesses applying for credit is turned down. (The Herald page 1.)   

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New banks: The European Union will force existing banks to sell-off assets as the result of the Government bailouts during the height of the recession. Finance Secretary John Swinney believes that this will lead to a whole range of new banks emerging in Scotland, increasing competition in the market. (The Herald page 6.) 

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Justice

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Judges: Senior legal figures have urged the Government to allow the country’s top judges to carry on working past the age of 70. (The Scotsman page 2.)

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Domestic violence: Convictions involving domestic violence have risen sharply; more than 7,000 people suffered violence at home in 2008-09, up by almost 1,500 over the previous year. Peter Lockhart, a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s criminal law committee, believes the recession is to blame for the sharp increase. (The Scotsman page 6.)  

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Transport 

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Drop-off charge: Edinburgh Airport managing director Gordon Dewar wants to have a review on the planned drop-off charge at Edinburgh airport, if the amount of “kiss and fly” trips is not cut. The airport expects the number of cars using the drop-off zone will drop by around a third. (The Scotsman page 2.)

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Blue badge: A review by the Scottish Government suggests that drivers applying for the blue badge disabled parking scheme should undergo an independent medical assessment.  (The Scotsman page 15.)

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Health

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Dental care: The majority of children in Glasgow – which historically has the worst dental health record in western Europe – are showing no signs of tooth decay for the first time in decades. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, which invested in a £7 million dental care improvement plan said that almost 60 per cent of the 11-years-olds in the area were given a clean bill of health at the check-ups. (The Herald page 10.)