Reform Scotland News: 21 May 2013


Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 21 May 2013

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.



Church of Scotland: The Church of Scotland has voted to allow individuals in same-sex relationships to be appointed as ministers. Traditionalists have reportedly warned the Kirk that they may lose members, ministers, congregations and money due to the decision. (Herald Page 1, Scotsman Page 4, Sun Page 2, Express Page 2, Telegraph Page 5, Times Page 1, Record Page 4, Guardian Page 7, Courier Page 1, P&G Page 2)

Tenants’ deposits: It is reported that there has been a surge in cases where landlords are unnecessarily withholding their tenants’ deposits. Citizens Advice Scotland has claimed that the number of people seeking help to retrieve their money has doubled. (Herald Page 2)

Scottish Police: It has been reported that senior police will challenge drinks companies this week over the marketing, strength and added caffeine in their products. This is due to the major problem around the misuse and abuse of alcohol and its link to violence. (Herald Page 6)

Commonwealth Games: Glasgow’s licensing forum has warned that the late licensing of pubs and clubs at the Commonwealth Games could have a major impact on communities. (Herald Page 8)



Scottish Economy: Nicola Sturgeon has reportedly claimed that Westminster has been holding Scotland back for generations. She cited a string of Westminster policies dating back to the 1970’s, which she believes to have cost Scotland jobs and undermined economic growth. (Herald Page 6, Sun Page 2)

Scottish Independence: A report from HM Treasury has warned that mortgages, pensions and insurance are likely to become more expensive for Scot’s consumers if they opt for an independent Scotland. (Herald Page 6, Telegraph Page 1, Times Page 1)

Scottish Banks: It has been reported that Scottish banks would find it more difficult to finance their operations if Scotland became an independent country. Sir John Grieve, a former bank of England deputy governor, has warned that they may be forced to base themselves elsewhere in the UK which would undermine Scotland’s position as a global finance centre. (Scotsman Page 1)

Pensions: Peter Jones from the Scotsman has stated that Alex Salmond must develop a strategy to show that pensions in Scotland will remain safe or even better to secure a win in the referendum. Jones believes that pensions are the key vote-determining issue of the independence debate.



Sheriff Courts: Labour spokesman Lewis Macdonald has criticized the Scottish government over its plans to close ten sheriff courts and seven justice of the peace courts. (Herald Page 9, Scotsman Page 19)



Cycling: The Glasgow Centre for Population Health reveals that the number of commuters cycling to and from work has increased by 25% between 2009 and 2012. It is estimated to be benefitting the local economy by more than £4 million a year with savings in the health service. (Herald Page 4)

Alcohol: Researchers at NHS Health Scotland and Glasgow University have found that Scottish people are consuming less alcohol since the introduction of a ban on multi-buy promotions in Scotland 18 months ago. The amount of alcohol sold per adult has decreased by 2.6%. (Herald Page 1, Scotsman Page 7)

Bowel Cancer: Beating Bowel Cancer has claimed that many patients suffering from bowel cancer in Scotland were unable to access treatment because of where they live. The MSPs on Holyrood’s Health Committee are to consider the issue of access to medication. (Herald Page 4, Sun Page 2, Times Page 5)

Breast Cancer: The Health Secretary has reportedly said that more women will able to be tested to see if they have a gene which puts them at greater risk of developing breast cancer. (Herald Page 9, Scotsman Page 11, Express Page 4)