Scottish news bulletin: 9th April 2009

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All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

Economy

Alex Salmond comment: The First Minister, Alex Salmond, has stated during his current stay in China that while Scotland’s economy has been “badly shaken”, it still has “huge strengths” and the ability to rebuild growth and prosperity. One of the First Minister’s economic advisers however has asserted that the Royal Bank of Scotland would have been in far greater trouble had it been based in a politically independent Scotland. (The Herald page 6, The Scotsman page 17, The P & J page 12, The Courier and advertiser page 12, The Daily Mail page 11)

Repossessions: Figures released yesterday showed that up to 20 Scottish householders per day, or 7500 Scots in total, could lose their homes largely because of less stringent rules surrounding repossession. (The Daily Express page 8, The P & J page 9)

Food prices: The Scottish Retail Consortium has reported that food prices in Scotland are now 9% higher than they were at this time last year. (The Daily Mail page 29)

Transport

Rail link: Ministers are to be presented with an economic assessment regarding a high-speed rail like between Scotland and London estimated at costing £39billion. (The Herald page 9)

Local Government

Glasgow apprenticeships: Glasgow City Council has formed a package to provide the city’s employers with an incentive to train school-leavers. A maximum of £8,000 will be provided for every new or additional apprenticeship that small or medium-sized businesses create. (The Herald page 8)

Trump resort: Donald Trump last week wrote to Aberdeenshire councillor Debra Storr defending himself against her complaint that plans for his golf resort there have been handled badly. Trump responded that he had a great commitment to Scotland and would be supporting job creation and tourism. (The Herald
page 2, The Scotsman page 16, The P & J page 6, The Courier and advertiser page 7)

Fringe publicity: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will receive higher coverage this year after it was announced that BBC Radio 1 will broadcast a show from the capital. (The Scotsman page 3)

Health

Elderly care: A BBC Panorama programme that investigated the state of elderly homecare in the UK highlighted serious concerns over unacceptable standards in Scotland’s South Lanarkshire. The company involved, Domiciliary Care Scotland, is now under formal investigation by both the council concerned and Scotland’s Care Commission. (The Herald page 9)

Politics

G20 death: A police officer seen pushing a civilian, who later died of a heart attack, to the ground during the G20 protests in London has come forward to be formally questioned over the incident. (The Herald page 2, The Guardian page 1, page 4, page 5, The Daily Express page 42, FT page 4, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The Courier and advertiser page 13, The Daily Mail page 25, Daily Record page 8)

Conservative pledge: Shadow Chancellor George Osborne yesterday claimed that a Conservative Government would be prepared to break up Lloyds and the Royal Bank of Scotland in order to prevent a repeat of the recent financial crisis in contrast to, what he claimed, was the Government’s encouragement of the growth of banks “too big to fail”. (The Guardian page 8, The Scotsman page 13, FT page 2, The Daily Telegraph page 10, Philip Johnston in The Daily Telegraph)

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