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Seven news headteachers needed by Borders schools

A recruitment event is being held this week in an effort to get seven vacancies in the Borders for headteachers filled.

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Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman.

Invitation for views on social security

People across Scotland are being asked for their views to help shape the country’s new social security system.

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International Development Secretary Priti Patel.

Match funding for donations to East Africa aid appeal

The UK Government has pledged to match pound for pound the first £5 million of public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s new East Africa Crisis Appeal.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.

Borders MPs divided over push for second Scottish independence vote

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s latest push for a second independence referendum has divided opinion among the Borders’ MPs.

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Borderers votes in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum were  counted at Springwood Park, Kelso.

SNP spell out their referendum plans

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon is asking the Scottish Parliament to vote next week on whether to hold a second referendum.

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Zoey and Riley Kerr with the returned iPad.

Girl reunited with iPad thrown in bin

A prized Christmas present feared lost forever after being binned during a sibling argument has been found, thanks to recycling centre staff sifting through 150 tonnes of rubbish to track it down.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish people must be given a choice.

First Minister to seek second independence referendum

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that she will seek permission for a second referendum on Scottish Independence.

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Council defends its school food sourcing

Scottish Borders Council has defended its sourcing of food for schools after a local MSP claimed it had spent £31,000 on chicken from Thailand in the last financial year.

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Council defends its way of sourcing food

Scottish Borders Council has defended its sourcing of food for schools after a local MSP claimed it had spent £31,000 on chicken from Thailand in the last financial year.

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Oblo manager Anna Menydk receives the gold award from Dr Tim Patterson, joint director of public health for Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders.

Eyemouth bar nets gold award

A trio of licensed premises did Berwickshire proud last Thursday, March 2, in the Best Bar None Awards, held in the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells.

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Claudia Beamish Labour South of Scotland MSP

Borders carers are missing out

More than 1,000 Borderers’ carers are missing out on extra payments because the Scottish Government has failed to put carer’s allowances on a par with jobseekers’ allowance.

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MSP Finlay Carson

Time to stop banging on about independence

I read with interest Mr Arkless’s ‘View from Westminster’ column last week “Leaving the European Union will be catastrophic for Scottish exports.”

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Scottish Government Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse at the opening of  Borders College  business centre in Hawick.

Over 4,000 businesses facing hikes in rates

Only a small percentage of the 11,880 businesses in the Borders are expected to benefit from the business rates relief scheme announced by the Scottish Government last week.

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John Lamont MSP.

Council tax goes up but services reduce

The Scottish Government’s 2017-18 budget was passed by the Scottish Parliament last week, but not everyone’s happy with its contents.

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The region's libraries have computers but from April 1, they will not have daily newspapers.

Libraries turn their back on daily papers

Daily national newspapers will no longer be available in the region’s 12 public libraries from April 1.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the funding during a visit to South Lanarkshire.

£10 million pounds for organisations to tackle climate change

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 100 organisations across Scotland are to benefit from £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.

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Commission on Parliamentary Reform chairman John McCormick

Commission to visit region on mission to find out facts

By June this year, the Scottish Parliament will have heard from people across the country on how they think Parliament needs to change to meet the needs of the people it serves.

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Public toilets in Brierybaulk in Duns.

Bid to have 30p toilet charge scrapped fails

Last week’s decision to introduce a 30p entry charge at 27 of the region’s 41 public toilets, including six across Berwickshire, will stand despite being challenged by opposition members of Scottish Borders Council.

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Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker (centre) with depute leaders Catriona Bhatia and John Mitchell with their capital budget programme,

Cash boost for area forums as council sets budget

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to give major new spending powers to the region’s five area forums.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the NFUS annual general meeting.

Pledge to fight for farming industry

Scotland’s farmers have been assured that the Scottish Government will fight for the best possible deal for the industry at home and in Europe after Brexit.

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