Reform Scotland News: 6 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


Exams: Scottish Higher, Advanced Higher, Standard Grade, and Intermediate exam results were released today. Results have risen for the seventh year in a row and are now at a record high. (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 1, Times page 1, Daily Express page 2, Daily Record page 20, Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Mail page 1, The Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 14Bryan Boyd in The Herald, Christine Jardine in The Scotsman)


Zero hours contracts: Holyrood ministers are attempting to tackle zero-hour contracts by protecting workers from such contracts from any companies seeing public sector work. (Herald page 1)
Childcare costs: Chancellor George Osborne has come under fire over new proposals to give couples earning up to £300,000 a year help with childcare costs. (Herald 
page 6, Scotsman page 12, Times page 4, Daily Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 8, Daily Mail page 6)
Trident: Liberal Democrats will be asked at their annual conference to back calls to end nuclear armed submarine patrols, committing the party to a significant scaling back of Trident. (Herald 
page 6, Scotsman page 6)
Pay-day loans: Margo MacDonald has lodged a motion at Holyrood to re-invoke the crime of usury in Scotland to tackle pay-day lenders. (Herald 
page 7)
Alex Salmond: Alex Salmond has been accused by Pro-Union campaigners of misleading MSPs over his assurances that an independent Scotland would avoid a pension crisis with no need to opt-out of European Union rules. (Scotsman 
page 16, Times page 12, Daily Telegraph page 11, Daily Mail page 6)
School abuse: Further claims have been made about abuse at Fort Angus Abbey School in the Highlands, and Carlekemp School in East Lothian, with one former pupil of Carlekemp claiming that he was told by the Church to remain quiet (Times page 19, Daily Mail page 20 Courier page 13, Press and Journal page 17, 
Colette Douglas Home in The Herald)
Creative Scotland: A credit card scam which defrauded Scotland’s arts funding body of more than £100,000 probably resulted from poor security over card details, according to an official audit. (Herald 
page 6)
Referendum: Alan Cochrane comments on the debate about increased devolved powers should the 2014 referendum result in a ‘No’ vote. (
Alan Cochrane in Daily Telegraph)
Farming: Joan McAlpine comments on the future of the agriculture in an independent Scotland. (
Joan McAlpine Daily Record)
Walter Smith: Walter Smith has resigned as chairman of Rangers Football Club. (Herald 
page 1, Scotsman page 1, Times page 4, Daily Record page 1, Daily Mail page 11)


Growth: Britain has enjoyed a turnaround across key sectors of the economy as growth increases five years after the banking crash. (Herald page 24, Times page 33, Financial Times page 1, Guardian page 6, Scotsman page 34)
Royal Bank of Scotland: The Treasury is reportedly considering another £1.5 billion boost to RBS, should a report by Rothschild investment bank recommend that the bank be divided up. (Daily Record 
page 2)
Living Standards: According to a report by the Labour party, living standards are dropping faster than at any other time. The figures state that working people are set to lose over £6,000 by 2015 due to rising living costs and falling wages. (Herald 
page 6, Guardian page 8, Daily Record page 2, Courier page 14)

Jobs: Nicola Sturgeon has announced that nearly 6,000 jobs are to be created as part of a £480 million investment across Falkirk and Grangemouth. (Scotsman page 4, Courier page 14)


Carbon Monoxide: From the 1st of October, Scottish building regulations will require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted when new or replacement boilers, or any other heating appliances, are installed. Failure to do so will result in a fine. (Scotsman page 1)