Scottish news bulletin: 18th November 2008


Reform Scotland

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper's website, the relevant page reference is blue and underlined.


Borrowing & tax cuts: David Cameron has said that taxpayers face an average bill of £1,500 to pay for Gordon Brown's "borrowing bombshell" and called on the Prime Minister to be honest about his plans to increase debt to fund tax cuts. Lord Mandelson admitted yesterday that there would have to be tax rises after the recession to pay for the cuts. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 4, Guardian page 14 Guardian page 14, Telegraph page 4, Boris Johnson in the Telegraph, P&J page 5, Express page 4, Times page 1, Rachel Sylvester in the Times, Mail page 4, Record page 2)

Citigroup: Citigroup, which has offices in Edinburgh and London, yesterday announced that it was cutting 52,000 jobs worldwide - roughly 1 in 5 of its staff. The company said that losses would be felt particularly in New York and London. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 31, Sun page 6, Guardian page 28, Courier page 15, Express page 8, FT page 1, Times page 38, Mail page 6)

Unemployment & deflation: Further comment on projected unemployment levels and potential deflation. (Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Sun page 2, Mirror page 6, Martin Jacomb in the FT)

Stock market: Yesterday shares in Lloyds TSB, RBS and HBOS, all banks which had been bailed out by the UK Government, lost =A34bn in value. (Scotsman page 29, Herald page 32)

Scottish budget: The Centre for Public Policy for Regions (CPPR) has warned that the Scottish budget may not be in good enough shape to withstand the economic downturn. (Scotsman page 6, Telegraph page 8, P&J page 7, Courier page 6, Express page 4, Times page 8)

Home repossessions: Labour MSP Cathy Jamieson in the Scotsman (page 25) argues that the Scottish Government should follow Westminster in helping to prevent home repossessions.


Fiscal fines: The Scottish Conservatives have criticised the fiscal fines system after figures revealed that less than one third have been paid. (Scotsman page 6, Sun page 28, Mail page 23)


Young people: One in five young Scots believe they have little chance of making a success of their lives according to a study by Action for Children Scotland. (Herald page 4, Courier page 3, Record page 12)

Universities: Scottish universities will have to spend more than 10% of their funding to pursue innovations that support the Scottish Government's economic priorities it was announced yesterday. (Herald page 7, Courier page 6)


Organ donations: The Health Secretary has refused to rule out a system of presumed consent for organ donations and said that the issue would be reviewed again in Scotland in five years time. (Scotsman page 12, Lyndsay Moss in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Damien Henderson in the Herald, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 12, P&J page 9, Courier page 3, Record page 10)

Terminally ill: All terminally ill patients will have a right to quality treatment at the end of their life under a new bill on palliative care launched in the Scottish Parliament yesterday. (Herald page 2, Roseanna Cunningham in the Herald, Courier page 9, Mail page 17)

Local Government

Industrial action: GMB and Unite unions, which represent about a third of councils' workforces in Scotland, have voted to refuse Cosla's pay offer and have warned that more industrial action is likely. (Scotsman page 15, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 8, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, P&J page 9 P&J page 9, Courier page 10, Express page 2, Times page 22, Mail page 2, Record page 2)

Development: Glasgow Council is offering land for free, with developers only paying once there has been an improvement in the economy as well as relaxing red tape in order to help the city's economy. (Herald page 1)


Calman Commission: In a report for the Calman Commission, Professor Anton Muscatelli has warned that greater fiscal powers for the Scottish Parliament could lead to worse services. The report also says that the Barnett Formula has deficiencies and if Scotland were to receive a share of the oil wealth, it would also have to pay a share of the decommissioning costs, expected to be £19bn by 2040. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 8, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 1, P&J page 7, Courier page 6, Times page 5, Mail page 17)

All data courtesy of Reform Scotland.

Reform Scotland is an independent, non-party think tank that aims to set out a better way to deliver increased economic prosperity and more effective public services based on the traditional Scottish principles of limited government, diversity and personal responsibility.


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