Reform Scotland News: 14 October 2014

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  14 October 2014

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

TV debates: A joint proposal from the BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 to hold a series of debates in the run up to the general election next year has been criticised for including Ukip, but not including the Greens or the SNP. (Scotsman page 1, Record page 2, Sun page 2, Times page 1, Express page 7, Kerry Gill in the Express, Herald page 1, FT page 3, Telegraph page 4, Mail page 8, Guardian page 1, P&J page 12, Courier page 14)

 

Same-sex marriage: Health Secretary Alex Neil has announced that from 31 December same-sex couples will be able to get married in Scotland. (Scotsman page 1, Record page 19, Times page 18, Express page 2, Herald page 2, Telegraph page 8, Mail page 10, P&J page 15, Courier page 13)

 

Income tax: Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has commented that Labour is “open minded” about devolving all of income tax to Holyrood, despite Gordon Brown suggesting that it was a Tory trap. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6)

 

More powers: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments that the SNP’s proposals for greater devolution would make the UK “unworkable”.

 

Devolution debate: David Cameron has been criticised for not taking part in today’s House of Commons debate on devolving more powers to Holyrood. The debate will instead be opened by William Hague. (Record page 1, Express page 2, Herald page 6)

 

Command paper: The Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael yesterday published the command paper on greater devolution, which set out the positions of the three unionist parties. (Times page 6, Robert Smith in the Herald, FT page 2, Telegraph page 2, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Alan Roden in the Mail, P&J page 13, Courier page 14)

 

Infighting: Ed Miliband has reportedly warned his party against returning to the “bad habits” of infighting. (Times page 2, Damian McBride in the Times, Herald page 6)

 

Economy

Pension reform: New pension reforms will mean that those approaching retirement will be able to withdraw funds from their pension pot with the first 25% being untaxed, as well as the ability to withdraw “as much or as little as they want”. (Telegraph page 1, Mail page 7)

 

Land & Buildings Transaction Tax: According to estate agents Rettie, the Scottish government’s new property purchase tax would mean that people buying properties worth between £325,000 and £500,000 would pay £6.1million more per year than under Stamp Duty, while those purchasing homes over £1million, would pay only £3.6million more than at present. (Telegraph page1)

 

Health

Breast cancer drug: The Scottish Medicines Consortium yesterday decided not to approve the drug Kadcyla for extending the life of patients with terminal breast cancer, concluding it was too expensive. (Scotsman page 1, Record page 7, Times page 8, Herald page 3, James Jopling in the Herald, Mail page 1, Courier page 21)

 

Justice

CCTV: A leaked Police Scotland report reportedly shows that two-thirds of public CCTV systems still rely on obsolete analogue technology. (Herald page 1)

 

Local government

West Lothian council: West Lothian council is reportedly facing a £30 million-plus black hole in the coming three years. (Herald page 4)