Reform Scotland News: 30 July 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


Navy: The MOD has admitted that the UK has been forced to pull out of key NATO naval defence groups due to being over stretched. (Scotsman page 4)
Independence: A new survey has suggested that support for Scottish independence has risen to 37%, but support for remaining part of the UK has risen further to 46%. (Financial Times 
page 3)
Charities: UK charities could reportedly lose millions of pounds if Scotland were to become independent, due to EU laws which demand that pension schemes which operate across national borders must be fully funded, rather than running on a deficit. (The Times page 1, Herald 
page 4, Daily Telegraph page 1, Christine Scott in The Times)
Internet: MPs have warned that Britain is losing the fight against internet crime (Herald 
page 9, Press and Journal page 16, The Guardian page 5)

Defence: An independent Scotland would be at a strategic disadvantage to Russia in the conflict that is expected to emerge due to climate changes, according to Icelandic experts (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 6, Courier page 17)


Royal Mail: Royal Mail staff will automatically be enrolled into an employee share scheme under plans to privatise the company, according to the Business Minister (The Herald page 2)
Jobs: Job vacancies in Scotland have risen by almost a quarter in the past year, according to employment website, (Herald 
page 3)


Nurses: A consultation is being launched by the Scottish government asking for suggestions as to how the NHS can cope with an aging workforce. This comes after warnings to Westminster that the NHS must make changes to allow nurses to work for longer in physically demanding jobs. (Scotsman page 19)


Human Trafficking: Reports of human trafficking in Scotland have risen by 50% in the first half of this year, according to Police Scotland, with the Scottish Government launching a new campaign to raise awareness of the problem. (The Times page 11, Courier page 20, Scotsman page 4, Daily Mail page 9)


Road safety: A new road safety campaign, ‘The Nice Way Code’, has been launched by the Scottish government. However, it has been criticised by cycling groups as showing a lack of commitment (Scotsman page 19, Courier page 22, Press and Journal page 13)


Universities: The Universities Superannuation Scheme has reportedly claimed that universities will face a £10 billion pension’s crisis if Scotland becomes independent. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 4)

Local Government

Salaries: South Lanarkshire Council has been ordered by the UK Supreme Court to reveal salary details after withholding information from equal pay campaigners. (Scotsman page 11, The Sun page 2, Herald page 9, Daily Express page 10)