Scottish news bulletin - 20th 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.


Education Spending: There is wide coverage of Reform Scotland’s latest bulletin on education. (Herald page 4, Times page 18, Daily Mail page 1, page 4 Daily Express page 3, Courier page 8, page 12, Press and Journal page 9, Sunday Times page 6, page 7, The Press Association, BBC)

St Andrews University: St Andrews University is to cut its world-class geo-science department, in a bid to save cash. The University believes that the department is no longer financially viable and plans to stop new students from enrolling. (Scotsman page 16)


Recession: According to the Confederation of Business Industry, the worst of the UK’s economic decline is over; however the CBI cautions that the economy will not start growing again until the spring of 2010. Alastair Darling is expected to forecast that the recession will be over by Christmas when he makes his crucial Budget speech on Wednesday of this week. (Scotsman page 26, Herald page 26, FT page 2, Press and Journal page 15)

Budget: There is wide coverage and speculation over the details over the forthcoming Budget of Chancellor Alastair Darling, to be announced on Wednesday. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 1, Times page 1, page 6, page 8, FT page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 2, page 4, page B1, page B2, page B4, Guardian page 24, Daily Mail page 2, Daily Express page 44, The Courier page 1, Press and Journal Your Business page 1, Daily Record page 1, page 2, Sun page 2)

New Jobs: In his speech on Saturday to the SNP’s spring conference, First Minister Alex Salmond unveiled a £95m EU funding package that he claimed would create 8,000 jobs and offer another 75,000 individuals the opportunity to develop skills that will assist in finding work. (Sunday post page 2, Scotland on Sunday page 2, Sunday Times page 5, Sunday Herald page 18)

North Sea Oil: It is expected that Scotland will receive a substantial boost in the Budget with new incentives to encourage extraction of up to two billion barrels of North Sea oil. (Scotsman page 6, Sunday Post page 4, Scotland on Sunday page 1)

Homecoming Clan Gathering: Organisers of the world’s biggest clan gathering have claimed that their event, which is to be the centrepiece of the Scotland’s Homecoming celebrations, is set to deliver an £8 million boost to the nation’s economy. (Scotsman page 12)

Pensions: Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman about the need for a radical rethink to restore pensions ravaged by the recession. (Scotsman page 26)

Video Gaming Industry: Video games developers have criticised the Scottish Government, claiming that ministers are not doing enough to support one of the few industries in Scotland generating growth, profits and employment. (Scotsman page 26)


Court Reform: Radical plans to reform Scotland’s courts, by way of a US-style model that promotes giving offenders education, drug programmes and repatriation orders in place of a prison sentence, have been dropped on cost grounds. (Herald page 1)


New Cancer and MS findings: It was announced yesterday that Scots scientists have discovered genetic ‘brakes’ which could slow down or stop diseases such as multiple sclerosis and cancer. (Scotsman
page 1, page 4, page 5, Herald page 12, Daily Mail page 11, Daily Express page 1, page 7, page 12, Press and Journal page 9)

Addiction: Ministers are to announce today major changes designed to streamline the way anti-drink and drug services are delivered in Scotland in an attempt to improve the current levels of addiction throughout the country. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 11)


Devolution: John Mclaren, a former leading Labour economist and the co-architect of the Scotland Act, has authored a report which claims that devolution has hampered the delivery of public services in Scotland especially in the areas of health and education. There is wide debate and analysis throughout the press on the true effects of Scotland’s devolution, 10 years on since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. (Herald Page 15, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 7, Daily Mail page 14, Courier page 3, Press and Journal page 9, Sunday Times page 1, page 6, page 7, Sun page 12)

Bank Inquiry : MSPs are to be asked this week to back a ‘far-reaching’ inquiry into the collapse of Scotland’s two biggest banks. (Herald page 6, Sunday Herald page 1, page 2, page 14, page 15)


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