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Reform Scotland News: 12 July 2012

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is highlighted 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

Coalition: Nick Clegg has reportedly given David Cameron an ultimatum that he has the summer to “sort out” Tory rebels over the House of Lords reform or he could face the break-up of the coalition. (Scotsman page 1, Tavish Scott in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald page 15, Peter Osborne in the Telegraph page 18, Financial Times page 3, Sun page 11, Times page 6, Mail page 8, Guardian page 10, Martin Kettle in the Guardian, Courier page 19, P&J page 12)

Referendum question: The Electoral Commission has indicated that it will not examine the question composed by the expert panel set up by the unionist parties, stating “It is for the relevant government to propose a question.” (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 7, Telegraph page 2, Henry Hill in the Telegraph, Times page 9, P&J page 12)

Security: The Joint Committee on National Security Strategy at Westminster has commended that the UK government is failing to consider the implications of Scottish independence on national security. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 7, Telegraph page 1, Times page 9, Courier page 17)

Information commissioner: Rosemary Agnew, Scotland’s Information Commissioner, has ordered Alex Salmond and the Scottish government, to reveal if it has received legal advice on whether an independent Scotland could join the EU. (Times page 1)

Referendum: Gavin McCrone in the Scotsman comments that the Scottish public need for more information about the economic consequences of independence before they can make an informed decision.

Tony Blair:  Tony Blair is reportedly going to contribute ideas and experience to Ed Miliband’s policy review. (Guardian page 1)

Economy

Housing market: According to a report by PwC, average housing prices will not return to 2007 levels until 2024.  The report also suggests that over the next two years growth across the UK will be 0.8 per cent, with 0.7 per cent in Scotland. (Scotsman page 1, David Bell in the Scotsman)

Consumer spending: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments that the UK economy has had so much money pumped into it, but banks, companies and households are stashing it away.

Clydesdale jobs: Clydesdale Bank has announced that it is to cut 99 jobs, with financial solutions centres in Paisley, Bearsden, Dunfermline, and Inverurie set for closure, as well as two bank offices in Glasgow. (Herald page 1)

Scotland in recession: The Fraser of Allander’s latest quarterly survey has found a sharp decrease in business confidence in Scotland over the past three months, raising fears that Scotland could follow the rest of the UK back into recession (Herald page 1, Daily Record page 2)

Milk prices: There is a dispute between dairy farmers and supermarkets, which farmers accuse of paying unfair prices for milk, as the cost of production makes dairy farming unsustainable for increasing numbers of producers. (Herald page 1, Telegraph page 12)

Remploy protests: Staff at Remploy, one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in the UK, have been protesting in Glasgow, ahead of planned cuts that would see up to 1400 disabled people across the UK lose their jobs. (Herald page 5)

Bank of England: Camilla Cavendish in the Times comments that the new team to head the Bank of England must have aa good combination of academic brilliance and enough savvy to take on the City.

Education

Army in schools: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman comments on the Labour policy paper calling for a greater involvement of the armed forces in education.

History: Teachers and MSPs have expressed anger over SNP plans to omit the Battle of Britain from the new Curriculum for Excellence. (Daily Express page 1, Mail page 20)

Justice

New bail guidelines: New guidance has been issued by the Crown Office, putting a stronger emphasis on victim and community protection, following a consultation with the Scottish government and such victims’ groups as Rape Crisis, Scottish Women’s Aid, and Victim Support Scotland. (Herald page 11)