Reform Scotland News: 6 NOvember 2014

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  6 November 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.



Labour Leadership: Scottish Labour leadership frontrunner Jim Murphy has promised to change controversial laws relating to religious sectarian abuse if he becomes First Minister. (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 1, Mail page 11, Sun page 2, Express page 4, Times page 9, Telegraph page 10)


The UK’s largest trade union Unite has urged it members to back leadership candidate Neil Findlay to be the new Scottish Labour leader. (Herald page 8, Scotsman page 5, Mail page 1, Daily Record page 2, P&J page 13)


Devolution Debate: Businesses have reportedly rejected a devo-max settlement in their submissions to the Smith Commission, though many charities have supported such a move.  (Scotsman page 4, Mail page 10, Sun page 2, Daily Record page 2, Express page 4, Telegraph page 1)


Further devolution for Scotland could reportedly allow power companies to sweep away a system that increases electricity bills in the north and north-east. (P&J page 10)


Oil Revenues: Scottish Ministers were told they could lose out on billions of pounds if oil revenues were devolved. Treasury figures suggested that current oil prices blew a £8.7 billion ‘black hole’ in the Scottish Government’s independence calculation. (Herald page 8, Times page 15, FT page 2, Telegraph page 10)


Council Leader: Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson has accused the SNP of stifling a revolution that could both create jobs and transform the fortunes of Scotland’s biggest cities. (Herald page 8)



Apprenticeships:  The Scottish Parliament is set to offer an apprenticeship scheme with 20 places set to be available for youths to gain experience in areas like HR and IT. (Herald page 9)


Low Paid Workers: Scottish Labour have put forward plans to protect low paid workers by setting up a ‘living wage’ protected by a new ‘living wage unit’. (Daily Record page 2)  


Income Tax: High-earning Scots could be forced to move south if Scotland wins complete control over income tax, academics have reportedly warned. (Times page 4)



Health Reforms: Efforts to help vulnerable people are reportedly being hampered by disagreements within Scotland’s least populated areas. Tensions between the two largest public bodies in the Orkney Islands are hampering key Scotland-wide reforms. (Herald

page 12)


Hospital Deaths: New NHS figures have shown that 170 patients have died from malnutrition over the last 5 years, with 40 hospitals patients dying from starvation last year. (Mail page 1)


Health Care Weakness: An investigation into child protection provision across Scotland has shown that many victims have fallen through the care net through weaknesses in health and social care services. (Times page 27)


Graduate Skills: Universities have been criticised by a former college boss who believes that graduates are leaving university without the necessary skills to succeed in the workplace. (Herald page 1)


Lecturer Boycott: University lecturers across Scotland and the UK are today beginning an assessment marking boycott over a disagreement over pensions. The row centres on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) which provides pensions for universities across a number of Scottish universities. (Herald page 7)



High Speed Rail: Scottish Minister yesterday condemned plans for high speed rail links to be developed in England before a study to extend Scotland’s had been completed. (Scotsman page 8)


Rail Improvements: Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman that the £250 million contract to electrify and improve the main Edinburgh-Glasgow rail line is encouraging, but has been a long time in coming.