Scottish news bulletin: 23th 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.
UK Budget: There is widespread coverage of yesterday’s Budget announcement by Chancellor Alistair Darling. (Scotsman page 1 page 4, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 1, FT page 1, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Daily Express page 1, Daily Mirror page 1, Daily Mail page 1, Record page 1)
Job cuts: John Swinney sparked further tension with Westminster yesterday when he claimed 9000 jobs could be lost in Scotland as a direct result of efficiency savings announced in the Budget. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 1 Alf Young, Times page 4, Courier page 16, Daily Express page 5)
Recession: The jobless total hits a 12-year high as Scotland officially entered into recession yesterday. The number of people out of work in the three months to February, including those not eligible for benefit, rose by 5000 to 143,000. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 2 page 40, FT page 29)
North Sea: North Sea oil and gas companies have welcomed new tax breaks in the Budget designed to stimulate investment, which has been battered by falling oil prices and a shortage of finance. (FT page 8)
NHS Health board: Shetland Health Board has been ordered to apologise after leaving a paralysed woman without food or water for 20 hours, in one of a series of errors in her treatment. (Herald page 6)
C Diff Inquiry: The Scottish government has ordered a public inquiry into the C diff outbreak at a Scottish hospital in which 18 patients died. Cabinet Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday that the time was right to proceed with an inquiry after she received interim reports from the Crown Office. (Times page 11, Courier page 6)
Scottish Secretary: First Minister Alex Salmond is to set a date for one of his main political opponents, Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy, to attend a Scottish Cabinet meeting. (Scotsman page 8)
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