Category Archives: Local Authorities

Scottish Borders Council Local Development Plan 2017

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) are beginning the process of preparing their next Local Development Plan. The first stage of the process is to prepare what is known as a Main Issues Report, which will set out the important issues for … Continue reading

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Communities hit by SNP and Scottish Greens’ budget cuts

Last week I voted against a Scottish Government draft budget which will see Local Government across Scotland faced with a further cut of £169 million. Since 2011 the SNP has cut £1.5 billion from schools and care for the elderly. … Continue reading

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Lockhart Hospital must be protected

NHS Lanarkshire has recently announced that the Lockhart Hospital in Lanark will not be taking in any new patients. Due to staff recruitment issues and the complexities of General Practice both locally and nationally, medical cover provided by local GP … Continue reading

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South Lanarkshire Council Living Wage

This week I was delighted to attend an event which seen South Lanarkshire Council announcing they will yet again  be paying above living wage to all their employees from April this year. Not only this the South Lanarkshire Labour Group … Continue reading

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SNP back more cuts

The recent Stage 1 budget debate was an opportunity to make a real difference to peoples’ lives by using the powers of the Scottish Government to put more money into schools and other vital services. Despite having this power SNP … Continue reading

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Review flood defence funding

My thoughts go out to all of those who have experienced the devastation caused by flooding over the last few weeks. As we have seen only too graphically, yet again, there are certain parts of South Scotland that are extremely … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Cllr Gordon Muir

Scottish Labour’s Gordon Muir has become Scotland’s newest councillor following victory in the Clydesdale South by-election. The by-election for the South Lanarkshire Council seat was called following the resignation of SNP Councillor Archie Manson on health grounds. Labour gained the … Continue reading

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Food for Life

Earlier this month Parliament was visited by a catering team from East Ayrshire Council as part of the Soil Association’s Food for Life initiative. Food for Life works with caterers, producers and consumers to promote healthy and sustainable food choices. … Continue reading

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Participation urged in business rates consultation

The Scottish Government recently launched a consultation to review the non-domestic rates system in Scotland. Non-domestic rates are the business equivalent of council tax and are paid to local authorities.  Businesses pay rates based on the value of their premises which is periodically revalued. Organisations that … Continue reading

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Are you Ready for Winter?

With winter weather beginning to close in, the Scottish Government has set out is winter resilience plans during a debate in Parliament. The importance of this annual debate has been heightened over the past few years following the extreme weather … Continue reading

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