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REFORM SCOTLAND NEWS: 12 AUGUST 2010

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 12 August 2010

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.

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

Politics

Joint Press Conference: Yesterday the UK Coalition Government had its first party political press conference, which included criticism of the Labour leadership candidates. (Guardian page 7, Daily Record page 4, Mirror page 9, Daily Express page 15)

Benefit Fraud: David Aitken, Director of Data Discoveries, a firm that tracks down people who try to defraud taxpayers has said the public has nothing to fear from the UK Government plan to use private sector firms to track down benefit cheats. (Scotsman page 2)

Economy

Britain’s Recovery: The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, yesterday decreased his forecasts for growth in the UK economy and predicted a ‘choppy recovery’ lasting several years; which led to a sharp fall in the stock market yesterday. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 31, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1 and page B1, Guardian page 1, Courier page 13, Press and Journal page 5, Financial Times page 1, Daily Mail page 8, Mirror page 9, Daily Express page 2, Sun page 2)

Scottish Unemployment: Figures were published yesterday revealing Scotland’s unemployment is continuing to rise, and this, along with the fear caused by the UK Government’s austerity measures, has led to economists considering the possibility of a double-dip recession in Scotland. (Scotsman page 6, Courier page 10, Press and Journal page 5, Daily Mail page 2) 

Interest Rate: Homeowners and house buyers were given good news yesterday as the Bank of England did not raise the UK base rate from 0.5% and also indicated it would not increase it anytime soon. (Herald page 11) 

Employment Rise: The number of people in work in the UK has increased at the fastest rate in 21 years due to an increase in part-time workers from abroad. (Times page 8, Telegraph page 4) 

Over-65s working: Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of people working beyond the age of 65 is rapidly increasing. (Telegraph page 1)

Justice

Domestic Abuse: A report has revealed half of Scotland’s police forces inadequately record domestic abuse cases. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 8, Courier page 6, Press and Journal page 7)

ASBOs: Growing scepticism about ASBOs’ effectiveness meant only 249 Asbos were given out in Scotland last year although 219,689 complaints were made. (Scotsman page 13) 

Transport  

Trains: The nationalised train operator East Coast yesterday revealed that four new tilting trains due to be used on the west coast line could now be used on the line between London and Edinburgh, a move which will leave those on the west coast line in overcrowded trains. (Herald page 4, Courier page 12) 

Scotland’s Cruises: Poor marketing and city docks which are not large enough are thought to be the likely reasons that Scotland’s cruise industry does not perform as well as it should and is unlikely to reach the growth target of 7% in 2011. (Scotsman page 23) 

Local Government

SNP: Labour and the Liberal Democrats are demanding the SNP returns £60,000 after they staged an undeclared boycott of council committees in Glasgow. (Herald page 6) 

Job Cuts: Inverclyde Council will axe 500 jobs in order to cope with the recently announced cuts in funding. (Herald page 6) 

Blairgowrie industrial park: Controversial plans to build a new industrial park in Blairgowrie have been stalled after councillors criticised planning authorities. (Courier page 5) 

Health

Emergency Units: There has been a rising demand for emergency units across Scotland as those with minor injuries are not going to minor injury units. An audit by Audit Scotland has also revealed that different hospitals treat similar cases differently and that staffing shortages are putting pressure on the remaining doctors and nurses. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 8, Courier page 12) 

Breast Cancer: A study by the British Medical Journal has shown that death rates from breast cancer in the UK have fallen by a third, faster than any other major European country. (Scotsman page 15, Guardian page 4, Courier page 11, Press and Journal page 12, Daily Record page 10, Daily Mail page 25, Mirror page 6) 

Education

Teachers: Thousands of new teachers are unable to get a permanent contract even though the start of the new school year is only weeks away. (Herald page 1)