Reform Scotland News: 4 June 2013

Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 4 June 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.

Politics

Pensions: Labour has reportedly unveiled a plan to reduce the benefits and heating allowance of well-off pensioners, a plan which will reportedly affect Scotland more than other parts of the UK. (Herald Page 6, Scotsman Page 10, Record Page 2, Sun page 2, Express Page 2, Guardian Page 8)

Land Ownership: Professor Jim Hunter, who has until recently been advising Scottish ministers on future action on land reform, has reportedly attacked the SNP’s record in office over their land ownership system. (Herald Page 1)

TV Show: Labour peer George Foulkes has criticised a new programme, Road to Referendum, broadcasting on STV, claiming that it contains political bias in favour of an independent Scotland. (Herald Page 1)

Better Together: It has been reported that the pro-UK Better Together campaign has announced plans to send teaching materials to every secondary school in the country. They have been accused of trying to politicise education with these new plans. (Herald Page 2)

Alex Salmond: According to the new book by Iain Macwhirter, Alex Salmond has consistently been underrated by his London opponents. (Herald Page 4)

Biomass Plant: The Scottish Government has reportedly given permission to Forth Energy to build the largest combined heat and power biomass plant which is said to have the capacity to continuously heat the equivalent of 1000 Olympic sized swimming pools. (Herald Page 4, Scotsman Page 1, Courier Page 1)

Ukip: It has been reported that Nigel Farage has challenged Alex Salmond to accept a bet that Ukip will win seats in Holyrood. (Herald Page 6)

Nicola Sturgeon: Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has challenged Nicola Sturgeon to publish a report examining welfare provision in an independent Scotland. Ms Sturgeon announced five months ago that an expert group was to examine potential structure for the welfare system in an independent Scotland. (Herald Page 10)

Gordon Wilson: Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson has claimed that Scotland should set up its own state oil company in the event of a Yes vote in the independence referendum. (Scotsman Page 5) Mr Wilson has also reportedly claimed that the Scotland will be unsuccessful in achieving independence. He believes Alex Salmond should have attacked the UK much earlier. (Times Page 1, Telegraph Page 10)

Education

Industrial Action: It has been reported that the Educational Institute of Scotland, Scotland’s largest teachers union, will discuss strike action over Curriculum for Excellence. (Herald Page 1)

Teachers: Edinburgh city council has reportedly banned their teaching staff from sharing their political views with their pupils in the run-up to the referendum on independence. This is due to the voting age being lowered to 16. (Scotsman Page 1)

Economy

Alcohol Legislation: Research carried out on the ban on irresponsible promotions of alcohol has reportedly found that larger stores and clubs and pubs have felt little or positive effects on their sales of alcohol. (Herald Page 5, Scotsman Page 14

Health

NHS Hotline: The NHS whistleblowers hotline has reportedly been given £200,000, available to NHS funds across Scotland, in an attempt to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace. (Herald Page 7)