Cuts to council funding

Scottish Government cuts in funding to council budget is equivalent to £116 per head in the Scottish Borders, according to analysis commissioned by Scottish Labour.

The Borders Search and Rescue Unit (�35,000) came into its own during the recent cold snap.

Search and rescue unit finds itself at the top in locality funding votes

Community projects across the Borders have benefited from the first tranche of payments from Scottish Borders Council’s £500,000 Localities Bid Fund.

Councillor Heather Anderson

SBC opposition budget

Scottish Borders Council’s SNP/Liberal Democrat opposition have produced their own 2018-19 budget which includes a £1.2m fairness fund to address rural poverty and isolation.

Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

Lord Palmer at Manderston House.

We should stay in EU to see it disbanded

Lord Palmer of Manderston, Duns gave his blunt view of the European Union last week when the House of Lords debated the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

The First Minister will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow t mark 100 years of women's suffrage.

Debate to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to celebrate the centenary of women having the right to vote in the UK.

Borders MP John Lamont.

MP’s concern over economy

Borders MP John Lamont has hit out at Scotland’s SNP Government after new figures showed the Scottish economy growing at less than half the rate of the rest of the UK.

Will the rise affect the council's budget?

Fears rate rise could leave Borders council struggling

Fears have been raised that the interest rate rise announced by the Bank of England last month could leave Scottish Borders Council struggling to make ends meet.

SBC Headquarters

£225.386m boost for Borders

A total of £225.386m is coming from the Scottish Government to pay for public services in the Scottish Borders.

Income Tax changes criticised

Income Tax changes criticised

The Scottish Government has been accused of steering the country into unchartered economic waters with its changes to Basic Rate of Income Tax.

When the Minister for Work and Pensions, MP Guy Opperman, dismissed calls for transitional pension arrangements  during a backbench debate in the House of Commons WASPI campaigners walked out of the public gallery, shouting''shame on you".

Borders MP was absent from WASPI debate

Last week’s House of Commons debate on pension changes that have impacted women born in the 1950s was watched from the gallery by Burnmouth’s Lynne Craighead.

Michelle Ballantyne MSP 23 May 2017. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

MSP Ballantyne quits council and forces by-election

Michelle Ballantyne MSP, who has exercised a dual mandate of serving as a member of the Scottish Parliament and a councillor at Scottish Borders Council since the local elections in May, has resigned from the council.

Driving examiners will strike today and tomorrow.

Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

Education Secretary John Swinney

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

Berwickshire Granarchists sought out Borders MP John Lamont to challenge him about the rolling out of Universal Credit in the region next year.

Borders Universal Credit roll out in 2018

Borders MP John Lamont came under pressure from Berwickshire Granarchists when the political activists lobbied him at Duns and Eyemouth last week.

Borders MP John Lamont in Westminster.

Chancellor supports Borderlands Growth Deal

Borders MP John Lamont has welcomed the 2017 Budget, saying that it ‘delivers for Scotland’ and shows the effectiveness of the lobbying by Scottish Conservative MPs.

Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam.

Public asked to help set budget priorities

Scottish Borders Council is asking for members of the public to contribute their thoughts and ideas on the council’s 2018-19 budget.

Borders MP John Lamont at the launch of this year's Poppy Scotland appeal at Westminster.

Borderers urged to say it with flowers

Borders MP John Lamont and MSP Rachael Hamilton are urging residents of the region to show their support for our war veterans by wearing poppies ahead of Armistice Day this Saturday.

The old Craw Wood nursing home in Tweedbank.

£850,000 plan agreed in bid to tackle bed-blocking at Borders General Hospital

Health bosses yesterday gave the go-ahead to a £850,000 pilot scheme aimed at tackling bed-blocking at Borders General Hospital this winter.

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