Reform Scotland News: 29 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.

Lord Sewel: Further coverage of the allegations surrounding Lord Sewel.  The peer resigned from the House of Lords yesterday. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 7, Guardian page 7, P&J page 12)

Fire service: The Scottish fire service is reportedly facing a threat of industrial action in a dispute over pay and working conditions. (Scotsman page 1)

Second referendum: The SNP has commented that it is not for the Prime Minister to “dictate” the timing of another independence referendum after David Cameron said there would be no second vote this parliament. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6,National)

Holyrood: Andrew Whitaker  in the Scotsman looks ahead to the Scottish Parliament elections.

Welfare fund: A Scottish Government fund set up to help those in need in following the UK Government’s decision to scrap community care grants and crisis loans has an underspend of £1.5m. (Herald page 3, Courier page 18)

Jeremy Corbyn: Private polling has suggested that Jeremy Corbyn has a near 20-point lead over his rivals in the Labour leadership contest. (Herald page 6, Mail page 10, Courier page 19, P&J page 13)

Europe: Rafael Behr in the Guardian argues that David Cameron has to make the case for staying in the EU, as opposed to asking if people like his renegotiation.

House of Lords: More than 100 peers who live in London are reportedly receiving the £300-per-day allowance which replaced the overnight and subsistence scheme. (Mailpage 6)

David Mundell: The Scottish Secretary has been reported to Westminster authorities over claims he broke rules by opening a food bank in another MP’s constituency without giving advance warning. (National)

T in the Park: Scottish Government ministers reportedly gave £150,000 of direct funding to help bankroll the event at its new home at the Strathallan Estate in Perthshire. (Scotsman page 1)

Fracking: The SNP is reportedly facing pressure from trade unions to completely ban fracking. (Herald page 1)

House prices: The average Scottish property sold over the last three months was £168,000, the highest figure recorded for this time of year. (Herald page 11, Courier page 14, P&J page 2)

M9 tragedy: Police Scotland reportedly left M9 victim Lamara Bell a voicemail 10 days after her death. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 12, Mail page 5, Courier page 13, P&J page 11)

Weight & benefits: David Cameron is expected to say today that obese people who refuse medical treatment to help lose weight could have their benefits cut. (Mail page 1)