Scottish news bulletin 3rd April 2009

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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.

Economy

G20 Summit: Gordon Brown yesterday claimed that the process of ending the global recession had begun after the G20 summit agreed a $1.1 trillion boost to reverse the credit crunch. Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman on page 26 and Alf Young comments in the Herald on page 19. (Scotsman page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 26, page 27, Herald page 1, page 8, page 9, page 19, Times page 1, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7, page 8, page 9, page 10, page 57, FT page 1, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7, Guardian page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7, page 8, page 9, The Daily Telegraph page 1, page 4, page 5, page B1, page B3, The Press and Journal page 5, The Courier page 1, Daily Record page 1, page 6, page 7, Daily Mail page 1, page 8, page 9, Daily Express page 1, page 2, page 3, Daily Mirror page 1, page 6, page 7, The Sun page 1, page 6, page7)

RBS AGM : Edinburgh is on security alert amid claims that environmental groups and anarchists will today target the Royal Bank of Scotland’s AGM. Ahead of today’s meeting, RBS have revealed that there will be additional job cuts to the 2,700 already announced. New chairman, Sir Philip Hampton, is expected to call for an end to the “public flogging” of RBS in his speech to shareholders. The bank has also confirmed that Sir Fred Goodwin is considering a "voluntary reduction" in his £703,000-a-year pension payout. (Scotsman
page 10, page, Herald page, Times page 47, Guardian page 32, The Daily Telegraph page, The Courier page 8, Daily Mail page)

Dunfermline Building Society: Shareholders have been denied the chance to question DBS directors at an AGM. The cancellation of the meeting came as the FSA revealed that Dunfermline's full accounts would not be published this month as expected. (Scotsman page 33)

House Prices: House prices have risen for the first time in 16 months, fuelling hopes that the worst of the property slump may be over. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 6, Times page 17, Guardian page 31, The Daily Telegraphy page B4, Daily Record page 12, Daily Mail page 20, Daily Express page 9)

Loan Guarantee Scheme: The UK Government yesterday signed a deal with RBS to guarantee specific loans as part of its £10 million working capital scheme. Business leaders have claimed that RBS, and its NatWest subsidiary, now have “no more excuses” not to lend to small companies. (Scotsman page 34, Herald page 34)

Transport

FirstGroup: Transport giant FirstGroup have submitted plans for a new £25m bus depot and headquarters at Cathcart Road, on the south side of Glasgow, in a bid to raise passenger growth to their projected target levels. (Herald page 34)

Education

New Curriculum: A new curriculum promoting Scottish literature and history, financial education, and green issues, has been unveiled. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 2, Times page 27, The Daily Telegraph page 14, The Press and Journal page 9, The Courier page 11, TESS page 1, page 4, page 5)

Politics

North Sea Accident: The names of the men killed in Scotland’s worst helicopter crash for 20 years were revealed last night. The First Minister, Alex Salmond, has suggested that a public inquiry may be needed to learn the full lessons of the disaster. (Scotsman page 1, page 6, page 7, page 8, page 9, page 14, Herald page 1, page 4, page 5, Times page 3, page 22, page 23, Guardian page 31, The Daily Telegraph page 3, The Press and Journal page 1, page 10, page 11, page 12, The Courier page 1, page 13, Daily Record page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, Daily Mail page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, Daily Express page 1, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7, page 19, The Sun page 1, page 4, page 5)

Creative Scotland: MSPs were told yesterday that the new national body responsible for culture and the arts will cost £3.3 million to set up. Culture minister Mike Russell has revealed that more than £1 million of the expected costs will be for voluntary redundancy payments. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 10, Times page 27, The Daily Telegraph page 14, The Press and Journal page 9, Daily Mail page 19, Daily Express page 12)

Scottish Futures Trust: The current chief executive of BAM, Mr Barry White, is in line to be named as the Scottish Futures Trust’s chief executive, despite being one of the quango’s biggest critics. BAM specialises in public-private partnerships (PPPs), the very form of funding which the SNP has vowed to end due to a belief that it has cost the ‘public purse’ hundreds of millions of pounds in Scotland. (Scotsman page 21, The Daily Telegraph page 14)

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