Scottish news bulletin: 16th 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.
Public Debt: It is expected that the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, is set to announce in next week’s Budget that annual public borrowing will increase by almost £175bn over the next two years. (FT page 1)
Scotland’s Manufacturing Sector: It has been reported that Scotland’s manufacturing sector has the resilience to ‘lead the economy from recession’ next year, amid fresh signs that the current downturn may be nearing an end. (Scotsman page 33, Times page 16, Courier page 16, Daily Express page 15)
Scottish House Prices: New government data has revealed that the value of the average Scottish house has dropped by 8.6 per cent in the past year. (Scotsman page 34, Press and Journal page 12, Daily Mail page 12)
‘Buy Scottish’ Scheme: The SNP have outlined a plan which would see consumers who buy Scottish produce rewarded with ‘loyalty points’, despite warnings such a scheme could breach EU rules. Aileen Campbell comments in the Scotsman on page 26. (Scotsman page17, Page 26, Herald page 6, Courier page 3)
Forth Road Bridge: Forth Road Bridge officials have confirmed they will have to replace nearly 2,000 heavy duty nuts that support the structure. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 12, Daily Telegraph page 10, Press and Journal page 17, Courier page 1, page 10, page 13, Daily Mail page 11, Daily Express page 8, Sun page 2)
Glasgow Subway: Five of Glasgow’s subway stations are to get a £20m upgrade for the commonwealth games in 2014. (Herald page 4, Daily Mail page 35)
Compulsory Renovation: Homeowners in Govanhill fear they could be left bankrupt and homeless as a result of their compulsory participation in a multi-million pound investment designed to improve the area. (Scotsman page 16)
Edinburgh Festival: A string of shows has been cancelled by the biggest promoter at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after it was forced from its flagship venue. The company which hires the Assembly Rooms from Edinburgh City Council every year has admitted that it is unable to use the main ballroom following the discovery of dry rot. (Scotsman page 6)
Parent Power: Scotland’s education secretary, Fiona Hyslop, is championing a ‘parent power’ revolution which would see a new national body established in order to give families a stronger voice on school issues. (Herald page 1)
Nuclear Energy: The UK Government was accused last night of trying to frustrate Scotland’s push for renewable energy by ‘bullying’ the SNP into accepting new nuclear power stations. The Energy Secretary, Ed Milliband, is expected to warn the First Minister, Alex Salmond, later today that Scotland is missing out on jobs and investment. (Scotsman page1, page 4, page 5 page 27, Herald page 2, Daily Telegraph page 8, Times page 20, page 21, Press and Journal page 10, Courier page 11, Daily Mail page 25, Daily Express page 17)
Cabinet Meeting: The UK Cabinet will today meet in Scotland for the first time in 88 years. The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, comments in the Herald on page 6 (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 1, page 2, page 6, Daily Telegraph page 3, Times page 16, page 17, Press and Journal page 7, Daily Mail page 7, Daily Record page 2)
North Sea Accident: Thousands of mourners gathered for an emotional service in Aberdeen yesterday, in memory of the 16 men killed in the North Sea helicopter crash this month. The Prince of Wales, The First Minister Alex Salmond and The Prime Minister Gordon Brown were among those in attendance. (Scotsman page 1, page 8, page 9, Herald page 1, page 5, Daily Telegraph page 3, Guardian page 15, Times page 3, Press and Journal page 1, page 8, page 9, Courier page 1, page 13, Daily Mail page 8, page 9, Daily Express page 1, page 3, Daily Mirror page 1, page 6, page 17, Daily Record page 1, page 4, page 5, Sun page 1, page 4, page 5)
MPs Pay: Lord George Foulkes, former UK minister and now MSP for the Lothians, has sparked a new row over MPs pay by claiming that they don’t earn enough. (Scotsman page 6)
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