Reform Scotland News: 2 September 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.

Programme for Government: Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government yesterday.  One of the main proposals was a system of national testing to be introduced in primary schools.  A new “Scottish social security system” is also to be established when new welfare powers are devolved to Holyrood. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 1, National page 2, Sun page 10, Daily Record page 8, Herald page 1, Express page 4, Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 3, Mail page 8, Press and Journal page 12, Courier page 14)

Immigration: Yvette Cooper has branded the UK’s immigration policy “immoral and cowardly” and said it was essential to separate out the issue of asylum from the wider immigration debate. (Scotsman page 6, Times page 7, Roger Boyes in the Times, Herald page 2, Telegraph page 4, Financial Times page 4, Mail page 2, Guardian page 6)

Rupert Murdoch: Nicola Sturgeon met Rupert Murdoch at meeting of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal during her recent trip to the USA. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 5, Telegraph page 2, Mail page 12)

EU referendum: The Electoral Commission has warned that plans to offer a “yes or no” EU referendum question would create a perception of bias. (Scotsman page 14, Times page 14, National page 14, Sun page 2, Herald page 6, Express page 2, Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 1, Mail page 6)

SNP: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman suggests that tensions may arise between the SNP party at Westminster and Holyrood.

Tax cuts: A leading trade union has predicted that George Osborne’s cut to tax credits will leave working families poorer, with a family of two children with both adults working 35 hours a week set to lose £1,615 a year. (Daily Record page 10)

GPs: Scotland’s GP surgeries are facing a crisis over recruitment, with just 35 new GPs reportedly added to the NHS workforce between 2009 and 2013. (Scotsman page 12, Times page 17, National page 10, Daily Record page 2, Herald page 5, Express page 5, Mail page 17, Press and Journal page 17)

Secondary education: Research has found that Scottish parents are willing to pay almost £38,000 extra for a new home if it lies in the catchment area of the school they want their children to attend. (Express page 7, Telegraph page 8, Guardian page 9)

Sir Stephen House: Chris Marshall in the Scotsman comments on Sir Stephen House’s resignation as Police Scotland’s chief constable.

Sex offenders: Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has revealed new plans to track sex offenders using GPS tags. (Sun page 16)

Prisoner rehabilitation: Dame Elish Angiolini, a former lord advocate and current commissioner on female offenders, has criticised the Scottish Government’s short-term attitude towards funding, suggesting that plans to rehabilitate prisoners may not be strong enough to convince judges that it will be a viable alternative to prison. (Herald page 9, Mail page 24)