A search is under way for a compromise on the "Tesco tax" to help the Scottish Government get its budget through the Scottish Parliament, the Scotsman reports. The Scottish National Party's plans to raise £30 million from a levy on large retail premises were defeated by Holyrood's local government committee when the opposition parties voted it down, the paper reports. The proposed retail levy was originally presented as a tax on large out-of-town supermarkets, but it would also hit large city-centre stores.
Environment secretary Caroline Spelman defends the Government’s plans to sell off the nation’s forests in the Times. She writes: "These proposals give us the opportunity to address the quirk in the Forestry Commission’s position, whereby it is the regulator of the very market in which it is the largest player."
Architecture and design experts are throwing their weight behind plans to transform the run-down former home of economist Adam Smith into a new hub for conferences, seminars, research projects and an archive, the Scotsman reports. But it says that conservation bodies have tried to block the plans on the grounds of its "inappropriate" glass-boxed atrium extension.
Margaret Eaton, the chairman of the Local Government Association, writes in the Guardian that communities secretary Eric Pickles' claims that council cuts won’t affect services show that he is "detached from reality"