Reform Scotland News: 13 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

EU legal advice: The Scottish Information Commissioner has ruled that the Scottish government must reveal within six weeks whether or not it has asked for legal advice concerning Scotland’s relationship with the EU in the case of independence. The ruling is considered ‘groundbreaking’ and the Scottish government has reportedly said that it will contest it, saying that its position is consistent with the UK government. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 15, Express page 4, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 16, Courier page 16)

 

Independent defence: An academic has warned that Scotland’s armed forces would have to “start from scratch” if Scotland becomes independent. (Scotsman page 9)

 

Long-term care: David Bell comments on the long-term costs of care in The Scotsman.

 

Economy

Oil revenue: Tax revenue from North Sea oil is set to fall drastically over the next thirty years, from £11.2 billion this year to £2.9 billion in 2040, according to a report released by the Office for Budget Responsibility. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 7, Times page 1, FT page 2, Express page 4, Record page 2, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 19, Mail page 2, P&J page 14, Courier page 16)

 

Wealth gap: An ONS report has found that the wealthiest 10 per cent of British households are 500 times richer than the poorest 10 per cent. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 10)

 

Budget tightening: An analysis by the Centre for Public Policy for Regions has concluded that the Scottish government may be unable to meet the costs of free care for the elderly and that the Scottish budget is going to be under continuing pressure, with further cuts likely. (Herald page 6, Times page 5, Mail page 12)

 

Milk pricing: The Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has called for a meeting with his counterparts in the UK and Welsh governments, in order to help resolve disputes between farmers and milk processors. (Herald page 1)

 

Tourism up: Scottish tourism has risen by 5 per cent since last year, mainly due to ‘staycations.’ (Herald page 13)

 

Justice

Video testimony: A new system will allow victims of crime to testify via video link, which is aimed to reduce trauma to victims and save £4 million per year. (Scotsman page 19)

 

Police costs: Almost £5 million has been paid in salary to suspended police officers in Scotland over the last five years. (Express page 7, Record page 8, Sun page 16, Mail page 6)

 

 

Health

Anti-depressants: Prescriptions for anti-depressants in Scotland have risen from 4.5 million to 5 million this year. (Scotsman page 18)

 

Transport

Rail project: A £27 million project on a railway bridge is set to go ahead despite it reportedly being rendered unnecessary due to cuts to the rail electrification plan. (Herald page 8)