Reform Scotland News: 4 September 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
Legislative programme:
Alex Salmond yesterday set out the Scottish government’s legislative programme for the year ahead.  Proposals included ending automatic early release for the most serious offenders, removing the right-to-buy for social tenants, a new licensing system for air weapons, and plans to make it easier for communities to take over public-sector assets. (Scotsman
page 1, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Herald page 7, Sun page 2, Times page 6, Record page 9, Express page 1, FT page 4, Telegraph page 7, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Mail page 1, Gerald Warner in the Mail, P&J page 15, Courier page 15)
 
Opinion poll: A TNS poll published today has support for independence at 25 per cent, support for the Union at 47 per cent and 28 per cent were undecided. (Scotsman
page 5, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Ian Bell in the Herald, Sun page 2, Times page 16, Express page 5, Telegraph page 7, Courier page 14)
 
Bill Walker: Protesters at Holyrood yesterday have called on rules to be overhauled to allow MSP Bill Walker to be forced out of office as an MSP. (Scotsman
page 13, Emma Cowing in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Sun page 1, Record page 1, Express page 2, P&J page 21, Courier page 10)
 
David McLetchie: The Scottish Parliament yesterday paid tribute to Scottish Conservative MSP and former party leader David McLetchie who died on 12 August. (Herald page 6, Record page 2, Courier page 15)
 
Lobbying: Jenny Watson, head of the Electoral Commission, has warned that the proposals contained in the coalition’s lobbying bill were so broad that they posed “real questions around freedom of speech”. (Times page 15, FT
page 2, Telegraph page 10)
 
Scotland and the UK:
Stephen Noon in the Scotsman comments that whatever the outcome of the referendum, Scotland and the rest of the UK will remain closely linked.

Economy
RBS
: Standard Life Investments and Legal & General Investment Management have reportedly hired lawyers to consider whether they were misled by RBS in the bank’s drive to raise money from shareholders in 2008. (Scotsman
page 1, Herald page 1

Oil wealth: According to a report published by the UK Treasury yesterday, Scotland’s oil and gas reserves are only worth a 12th of the £1.5 trillion that the SNP has claimed. (Scotsman page 6, Brian Wilson in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Times page 7, Peter Jones in the Times, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 10, P&J page 12, Courier page 14)
 
Lloyds HQ: Antonio Horta-Osorio, group chief executive of Lloyds, has reportedly suggested that the company could move its headquarters out of Scotland following independence. (Herald
page 2)
 
Economic recovery:
According to the OECD, the UK has started to enjoy a rapid economic recovery in line with normal rebounds after recessions. Growth for the second half of 2013 is expected to be 1.7 per cent. (FT
page 1, Telegraph page 1)
 
Health
Morning after pill:
More than 93,000 requests were made for the morning after pill in Scotland last year, up from 20,000 in 2007/8. (Scotsman
page 1, Record page 19, Express page 10)

Justice
Police numbers
: There were 17,324 full-time equivalent police officers in Scotland on 30 June, higher than the Scottish government’s target, but a reduction of 49 on the same period last year. (Scotsman page 8, Mail page 16, P&J page 11, Courier page 24) 

Complaint handling: Judges at the Court of Session yesterday agreed with Kevin Ruddy who claimed the police had breached ECHR because his complaint against former Strathclyde Police was investigated by officers at the force. (Herald page 1, Mail page 6)