Reform Scotland News: 23 October 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  23 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.



Smith Commission: The Smith Commission held its first meeting yesterday and agreed that further devolution for Scotland should not be linked with English votes for English issues. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2, Daily Record page 7, Daily Express page 2, Daily Telegraph page 6, Times page 6, Daily Mail page 12, P&J page 12)


More Powers: Iain Macwhirter  in the Herald urges Scottish people to have their say on the ‘more powers’ debate.


Youth Voters: Martin Kettle in the Guardian comments on how youth voters rejected the political order by voting for Scotland to leave the union.


Opinion polls: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on recent opinion polls which have put the Tories ahead of Labour in Scotland.


EU Membership: Research by the University of Durham and the East Anglia University has reportedly shown that Scottish voters are more pro-Europe than voters south of the border. (The Times page 1)


Celebrity endorsements: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman comments on the impact of celebrity political endorsements.



Tax Proposals: Senior Labour figures are calling for the party to revise its tax proposals under devolution, by calling for Scotland to have complete control over income tax. (Herald page 1)


Youth unemployment: Official figures have indicated that youth unemployment in Scotland is at its lowest level in six years.  72,000 16-24 year-olds are currently out of work, 29,000 fewer than last year. (Scotsman page 15, Sun page 2, Daily Express page 2, Herald page 9, Daily Mail page 21)


Austerity cuts: Tory ministers and MPs have criticised Scottish charities for speaking out against budget cuts, it is feared this could lead to further cuts in Scotland. (Daily Record page 2)


Employees overworked: A report has found that people within the workplace are often badly treated, over worked and underpaid leading to poor performances. (Herald page 2)


Tourism: The economy has benefited by £575m in Scotland after a tourism boost hit a six-year high. (Herald page 10)


Steel Jobs: MP Frank Roy has urged the Prime Minister to protect 400 jobs at Scottish steel plants that are about to be sold. (Daily Record page 2)



Revenge porn: The Scottish Government is reportedly considering making it a specific criminal offence to publish explicit images of someone without their consent. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 1, Daily Express page 6, Herald page 2, Times page 25)


Police morale: A top union official has claimed that morale amongst police civilian staff in Scotland is so low they have become ‘endangered species’. (The P&J page 7)



NHS Cuts: Scottish Hospitals have reportedly cut spending on patients meals by £3 million last year. (Daily Mail page 1, P&J page 5)


NHS Tayside: A new report has shown that NHS Tayside overspent its budget by as much as £2 million in the first 5 months of this financial year. (Courier page 7)


Local Government

Unpaid Business Rates: Aberdeen City Council is losing out on millions in unpaid business rates. (P&J page 1)