Reform Scotland News: 11 August 2015


Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 11 August 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.



Farmers: Farming unions have warned that British produced food will disappear from supermarkets within months due to falling milk, lamb and arable prices (Scotsman page 1, Times page 16)


Holyrood elections: A TNS poll has suggested that the SNP is set for a landslide election victory in next year’s Scottish Parliament elections despite some Scots rating their performance as ‘poor’ in some areas of policy. (Scotsman page 1, National page 4, Sun page 4, Daily Express page 2, Herald page 1, Daily Record page 8, Times page 8, Press and Journal page 12, Daily Mail page 20)


A new pro independence party has been created called the Scottish Independence Party (SIP) and is hoping to field candidates in next year’s elections (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 6, Daily Record page 9)


Labour leadership election: Alistair Campbell has reportedly said that the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader would be a ‘car crash’ for the Labour Party (Scotsman page 10, Sun page 6, Herald page 6, Daily Record page 8, Daily Telegraph page 10, Press and Journal page 13, Daily Mail page 8, Guardian page 2)


A new poll has suggested that Jeremy Corbyn will win the leadership election (Times page 1)


Quality of Care: The Care Inspectorate has reported that care services provided to children, adults with additional needs and the elderly have improved but they tend to be better in more affluent areas (Scotsman page 20)


Zero-Carbon Homes: 20 business leaders, universities and professionals have signed an open letter for Nicola Sturgoen urging her to oppose the UK Governments plans to abandon zero-carbon homes aimed at cutting waste and pollution (National page 10)




GP Workload: A survey undertaken by the Scottish Liberal Democrats has found that a third of GPs’ say that their workload is ‘unmanageable’ and more than half wish to see the Scottish Government’s Quality and Outcomes Framework scrapped (Scotsman page 11, National page 7, Daily Express page 6, Daily Record page 2, Press and Journal page 16)


NHS Grampian: Health Secretary Shona Robison has hailed the changes made by the health authority after concerns were raised about the suspension of senior staff members and disciplinary proceedings (Press and Journal page 6)



Teachers’ pay: Scottish Labour leadership contender Kezia Dugdale MSP is to give a speech outlining plans to raise pay for teachers working in poor areas (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 6, Times page 1)


Local Government

Data Breaches: Research released by Big Brother Watch has revealed that Scottish Councils have recorded 500 data breaches including information about children. (National page 10, Herald page 8, Press and Journal page 10)


Glasgow: Glasgow City Council has unveiled a plan to build 25,000 new homes by 2025 ahead of a predicted population increase from 593,000 to 670,000 by 2037 (National page 13)