Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 1 July 2015


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.



Welfare powers: A Labour amendment to the Scotland Bill, backed by the SNP, which would have allowed Holyrood freedom to create new benefits and top up existing ones, has been rejected by the UK Government. (Scotsman page 6, National page 1, Sun page 18, Times page 2, The Herald page 6, Courier page 25)


Welfare cuts: Scotland’s children’s commissioner Tam Bailie has accused the UK Government of pursuing cuts to benefits which would plunge millions of children into poverty. (Record page 2, Mail page 28, Courier page 24)


EVEL: The Speaker, John Bercow, has claimed that he has received no formal notification from the UK Government over its intention to bring forward plans to restrict Scottish MPs’ voting rights. (Scotsman page 7, National page 3, Times page 15, Courier page 25, Mail page 2)


Labour leadership: UK Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall has commented that the party must show it can be trusted with the nation’s finances. (Scotsman age 9)


Andy Burnham: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman considers Andy Burnham’s Labour leadership bid.


HGV safety: Scotland’s police chief Sir Stephen House has urged the government to change the design of heavy goods vehicles after a rise in road deaths involving pedestrians. (The Herald page 13)


‘Poverty premium’ on groceries: A study by Citizen’s Advice Scotland has found that the cost of a small weekly shop in one council area more than doubled the further a shopper moved from a better-off area, with campaigners dubbing it a ‘poverty premium’ on essential items being paid by people living in Scotland’s poorer areas. (The Herald page 14)


Quintin Jardine: Jenny Hjul in the Courier reflects on author and SNP support Quintin Jardine’s recent comments regarding the SNP moving to the left.



Greece: Greece has asked for a deal under the European stability mechanism which would cover Greece’s external and internal financing for the next two years. (Scotsman page 1, National page 4, Nicola Sturgeon in the National, Record page 4, Times page 29, The Herald page 2, Daily Express page 2, Press and Journal page 18, Telegraph page 1, Mary Riddell in the Telegraph, FT page 1, Martin Wolf in the FT, Mail page 14, Guardian page 1)


Economic growth: UK GDP grew by 0.4% between January and March, and increase from the estimate of 0.3%. (Scotsman page 5)


Rise in disposable incomes: Real household incomes have grown by 4.5% in the first three months of the year compared with the same period last year. (Times page 16)


Parental leave: Following new rules, millions of working parents will be entitled to unpaid parental leave this summer. (Press and Journal page 23)

50p tax: The Labour Party has reportedly dropped its pledge to restore the top rate of tax to 50p. (Mail page 19)




Police Scotland: Chris Marshall in the Scotsman comments on recent figures published by Police Scotland.



Cancer waiting times: Scottish health boards are to receive over £4million to help reduce cancer treatment waiting times. (Scotsman page 1, Telegraph page 6, Mail page 8)


Health boards failing to meet time targets: New figures have revealed that five Scottish health boards are failing to meet waiting-time targets for treating emergency patients. (Daily Express page 4, Press and Journal page 8)


GP posts: One in five posts for trainee GPs in Scotland have been left unfilled this summer. (Scotsman page 10, Record page 12, Times page 11, The Herald page 4)


Prescription cost to Scottish NHS: 2.7 million free prescriptions for paracetamol were given out last year, costing the Scottish NHS £10 million. (Times page 1, The Herald page 1, Daily Express page 1, Mail page 1)


Tax on sugar: Dani Garavelli suggests in the Times that a tax on sugar in Scotland could tackle health and obesity issues.


Call for further tax on tobacco industry: Campaigners have called for a tax on the profits of the tobacco industry in order to fund adverts for official smoking services, after figures have dropped by almost a third for those trying to quit using NHS services in Scotland last year. (The Herald page 3)




Change to university rankings: Government plans to challenge complacency in higher education by publishing new performance data with a focus on teaching over research. (Times page 21)


Rural schools: A new statutory panel has blocked plans to shut four primaries in north west Skye, a move which has been celebrated by campaigners resisting the closure of small rural schools. (The Herald page 9)


Attainment: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments that the Scottish Government should give head teachers greater control over their schools.

State guardian plan: Ministers may have to reconsider plans for the Named Person scheme, which would allocate a state-appointed guardian to look after the welfare of every child in Scotland, after concerns were raised. (The Herald, page 1)