Reform Scotland News: 27 August 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
Recall Westminster:
  David Cameron is reportedly under pressure to recall parliament in order that the situation in Syria and any prospect of military intervention can be debated. (Scotsman
page 7, Tony Blair in the Times, Herald page 2, Douglas Alexander in the Record, Douglas Carswell in the Express, Telegraph page 4, Mail page 1)
 
Purdah for Westminster: A majority of MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s referendum bill committee have called for the UK government to be bound by purdah rules that would prevent it from making any major policy or funding announcement for Scotland in the weeks leading up to the referendum. (Scotsman
page 8, Courier page 15)
 
Referendum legacy: Former Scottish Permanent Secretary Sir John Elvidge has warned that the impendence referendum debate has become so polarised that it could leave a toxic legacy. (Herald
page 1)
 
Benefit tests: It has been reported that between 2008 and 2011 13,600 people with four progressive diseases applied for Employment Support Allowance, but 45 per cent were deemed able to recover from their condition to the point where they could look for work. (Scotsman
page 14, Courier page 13, P&J page 22)
 
Ed Miliband:
In a speech today Michael Gove is expected to comment that Ed Miliband is even weaker than Neil Kinnock was, and that he has failed to prevent a left-wing union takeover of the Labour party. (Sun page 2, Times page 16, Express page 2, Telegraph page 6, Guardian
page 6)
 
Economy

Super Puma flights: Oil company Total has chartered four ships to take North Sea workers back to the mainland following the grounding of all Super Puma helicopter flights following the crash last Friday which killed four people. (Scotsman
page 1, David Learmount in the Scotsman, Sun page 9, Times page 5, Express page 5, Telegraph page 7, Mail page 4, Courier page 2, P&J page 1, Alex Salmond in the P&J) 

Youth employment:  
Professor Andy Furlong of Glasgow University has suggested that young people may never join the labour market on the terms their parents did and part-time and zero-hours contracts may now be a permanent feature. (Herald
page 11, Mail page 19)
 
RBS: The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards has commented that it is “important for all options for [RBS’s] future structure to be examined as a matter of urgency” amid suspicion that RBS and Treasury officials will try and stop a good bank-bad bank split. (FT
page 1)
 
Exports:
Jim Gallagher in the Scotsman looks at Scottish exports and the importance of trade with the rest of the UK.
 
Zero-hour contracts:
Gregor Gall in the Scotsman argues against zero-hour contracts.
 
Education
Student Loans Company
:  According to figures obtained by the Scotsman, the Student Loans Company has raised more than £1million over the past five years by using 0845 numbers for their helplines. (Scotsman
page 15)
 
Justice
Knife crime in Glasgow:
Official figures have highlighted a 37 per cent drop in the number of knife assaults in Glasgow in 2012/13 compared to 2011/12. (Scotsman
page 1, Karen McCluskey in the Scotsman)
 
Transport
HS2:
A survey by the Institute of Directors has shown that only 27 per cent of members believe that the HS2 scheme represents good value for money, and 70 per cent say it will have no impact on their productivity of their business. (Scotsman
page 16, Times page 6, Michael Settle in the Herald, Telegraph page 10, FT page 3, Guardian page 2, Courier page 15)
 
Glasgow airport report: Transport minister Keith Brown is reportedly under pressure to disclose a shortlist of infrastructure options for Glasgow airport after Transport Scotland blocked the publication of an independent study. (Herald
page 4)