Scottish news bulletin: 10th April 2009

  • Reform Scotland
  • 10 April 2009

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.

Health

Patient Power: Reform Scotland’s health paper ‘Patient Power’, which has been launched today, has received wide coverage in the press. Director of Reform Scotland, Geoff Mawdsley, comments in the Herald, page 17 . (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 6, Times page 24, Press and Journal page 8, Daily Telegraph page 8, Daily Express page 6, Daily Mail page 18, Courier page 12, PA link, STV link)

Scotland’s Drink Problem: Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, stressed yesterday that a ‘collective effort’ is needed to tackle Scotland’s drink problem, and that he remains committed to working ‘across the drinks industry in order to achieve that’. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 6, Press and Journal page 10)

Economy

T Mobile: Call centre workers expressed their anger yesterday after plans were announced to move more than 400 T-Mobile customer service jobs from Scotland to the Philippines. (Scotsman
page 6, Herald page 7, Times page 9, Press and Journal page 12, Daily Mail page 31, Sun page 1)

Interest Rate: The Bank of England has held interest rates at 0.5 per cent this month. Figures released yesterday showed that homeowners are beginning to benefit from cheaper fixed rate mortgages as a result of recent interest rate cuts. (Scotsman page 5, page 33, Herald page 1)

House Prices: Economists have predicted that house prices may have less than 10 per cent left to fall, before the market ‘bottoms out’. (Herald page 2, Daily Telegraph
page 1, Daily Express page 19, Daily Record page 64)

Council Housing: Almost £17 million of funding has been announced to kick start the first major council house building programme in 30 years. A total of 370 affordable homes will be built throughout 14 council areas across Scotland. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 6, The Press and Journal page 4, Courier page 5)

North Sea Exploration: A new report has revealed that falling crude prices and a lack of debt funding saw exploration drilling in the North Seas fall by 78 per cent in the first three months of 2009. (Scotsman page 34, Press and Journal page 18)

Scottish Businesses: Figures announced yesterday show that the number of business failures in Scotland has grown less than in other areas of the UK. (Scotsman page 35, Press and Journal page 12)
Crime

Youth Crime: The Scottish Government has outlined plans to tackle youth crime by rolling out army run ‘boot camps’ for problem teenagers. (Scotsman page 4, page 5)
Education

St Andrews University: A student society at St Andrews University, dating back to the 15 th century, has lost the backing of the University for its ‘sexist’, men-only, membership rules. (Scotsman page 3, Herald page 8)

Scholarships: Following changes in charitable rules, the tradition of scholarships being awarded to ‘exceptional’ pupils is expected to decline, as fee-paying schools move to a system of assessing parents’ finances. (Scotsman page 16)

Higher Education Funding: Anton Muscatelli comments in the Scotsman that the future success of Scotland depends on continued investment in its ‘already excellent’ higher education sector. (Scotsman page 28)
Politics

Terror Plot: The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, last night said Pakistan had to do more to tackle terrorism after it emerged that 11 of the 12 suspects seized in a raid by police on Wednesday were admitted into the UK on student visas. (Scotsman page 1, page 2, Times page 1, page 7, page 8, Guardian page 1, page 2, page 7, page 35, page 36, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 4, page 5, page 6, Daily Mail page 2, Daily Mirror page 1, page 4)

China Trip: A senior minister with the Chinese Government failed to attend an event with the First Minister, Alex Salmond, yesterday. This comes as a leading academic warned that the Chinese Government would be wary of appearing overly enthusiastic in dealings with ‘separatist nations’. (Scotsman page 24, Daily Mail page 32)

Home Owners’ Support Fund: Cross party opponents have accused the Scottish Government of ‘closing off access’ to a ‘safety net’ for families facing repossession, by reducing eligibility to the Home Owners’ Support Fund. (Herald page 2)

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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