Reform Scotland News: 17 October 2014



Voter registration:  A fifth of the Scottish electorate are reportedly being threatened with fines unless they provide their national insurance details to local authorities and re-register to vote. (Scotsman page 1)

Devolution: Gordon Brown has urged Labour not to support the devolution of all of income tax to Scotland and said that move, combined with English votes for English laws, was “anti-Scottish and anti-British”. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Mail page 6, P&J page 12)

Nicola Sturgeon: Research by TNS suggested that Nicola Sturgeon was trusted more than any other politician or party to delivery extra powers for Scotland. (Herald page 1)

Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman and Alison Rowat in the Herald comment on Nicola Sturgeon becoming SNP leader and First Minister-in-waiting.

Labour and Ukip: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman comments that Labour should take on Ukip rather than try to copy its policies.

Alex Salmond: Alex Salmond is reportedly considering standing as an MP at next year’s general election. (Mail page 6)

Alan Johnson: Owen Jones in the Guardian comments on reports than many Labour politicians want Alan Johnson to return to frontline politics.

Devo timescale: Professor Michael Keating warned MPs yesterday that the timescale for delivering new powers to Holyrood was rushed and that at least a year was needed, rather than the proposed four months. (P&J page 13)


Renting: The number of people in Scotland renting from private landlords more than doubled in the past decade according to new census data. (Herald page 9)


Airports: Glasgow and Aberdeen airports have been sold by Heathrow Airport Holdings to a consortium formed by Spain’s Ferrovial and Australia’s Macquarie. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 4, Mail page 4, P&J page 1)


Life expectancy: Scottish men are reportedly closing the life expectancy gender gap.  The average Scottish man now can expect to live until 76.9, a rise or 3.4 years over the past decade, while women can expect to live to 80.9 years, a rise of 2.1 years. Men born in the poorest parts of Scotland can expect to die 12 years earlier than the wealthier parts. (Scotsman page 13 , Herald page 4)


Catholic schools: Falkirk Council reportedly wants to reserve places at denominational schools for Catholics.  (Herald page 10)