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Reform Scotland News: 9 October 2014

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  9 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


Nick Clegg:
Nick Clegg addressed the Liberal Democrat Party conference in Glasgow yesterday criticising the “blame, grievance and fear” of the SNP and Ukip and the “bitter tribalism” of Labour and the Tories. (Scotsman page 6, Times page 14, Sun page 2, Record page 9, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 6, Mail page 22, Guardian page 12, Martin Kettle in the Guardian, P&J page 14, Courier page 16)

Edinburgh: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments that it is wrong to criticise Edinburgh for voting the “wrong way” in the referendum.

Further devolution: Alistair Carmichael has called on the Scottish Government to devolve power from Holyrood to local areas. (Sun page 2)

By-election: Ukip are expecting to win today’s by-election in Clacton-on-Sea.  The by-election was caused when sitting Tory Douglas Carswell defected to Ukip.   (Herald page 5, FT page 2, James Kirkup in the Telegraph)

Holyrood: Keiran Andrews in the Courier marks a decade since the Scottish Parliament building was opened. (Courier page 22)

Economy


Scottish budget:
John Swinney is expected to outline the Scottish budget today, including setting out rates for land and buildings transactions, which will replace stamp duty and landfill tax. (Record page 4, Mail page 9, P&J page 13, Courier page 17)

HMRC: HMRC has reportedly privately admitted that thousands of taxpayers may still be paying the wrong amount and may need to have their bills recalculated after five million taxpayers were told that they had paid the wrong amount last year. (Telegraph page 1)

Tax breaks: Douglas Connell, chairman of Museums Galleries Scotland, has suggested that artists should be given tax exemptions to help boost cultural life in Scotland. (Herald page 3)

Deficit: Chris Giles in the FT comments that neither the Conservative or Labour parties are telling the truth about the deficit.

Education


Nursery fees cap
: Johann Lamont has called for a cap to be placed on the cost of childcare at 10 per cent of the average family income, about £2,670 a year, as well as a free childcare place for every mother who wants to go to college.  (Scotsman page 1, Times page 6, Record page 2, Express page 21, Herald page 7, Catherine MacLeod in the Herald, Telegraph page 5, Mail page 8, P&J page 17, Courier page 17)

Glasgow University: Glasgow University has become the first university in Europe to withdraw investments from oil companies on environmental grounds. (Herald page 4, Guardian page 4)

Transport


ScotRail:
The new operator of the ScotRail franchise, Abellio, has pledged cheaper fares for advance tickets and more seats and space on trains. (Scotsman page 9, Times page 2, Sun page 13, Record page 6, Express page 5, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 6, Courier page 13)

Justice


Kenny MacAskill:
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill yesterday survived a vote calling on him to resign. (Scotsman page 8, Times page 1, Record page 4, Express page 2, Herald page 2, Telegraph page 13, Mail page 8, P&J page 13, Courier page 17)

Health


NHS:
Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman comments that the NHS should not be treated as a political football.