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Tram costs hit £600m with two years to go

MORE than £150 million has been spent on Edinburgh’s troubled trams scheme in the last 12 months, bringing the price to almost £600m and raising concern the total cost of the scheme could exceed its latest budget.

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Communal bins for Old and New Towns after years of resistance

LARGE communal bins are to be introduced to most streets within the world heritage site, ending years of resistance to the proposals by residents.

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Homeless lose meal as city spends £30k on provost portraits

COUNCIL chiefs have sent a letter to homeless people in bed and breakfast accommodation telling them their breakfasts are being scrapped to save money.

Fury As Transport Scotland releases heavilly censored tram files

THE Scottish Government was today accused of “breathtaking” secrecy over the trams project after Transport Scotland responded to a Freedom of Information request with 17 pages of documents almost completely blacked out. Officials took a thick marker pen to page after page of the information, leaving just the odd paragraph intact.

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City vows to save Leith Festival

City chiefs are to hold crisis talks with organisers of the Leith Festival about using public money to save it from collapse.

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Bin men end strike in effort to keep jobs

BIN men in the Capital today announced an end to two-and-a-half years of industrial action – in order to stave off the threat of their jobs being privatised.

Council’s real time grit tracker to keep drivers on the move

ROAD users are set to have real time displays of gritting operations across the Capital as part of a major investment to battle severe weather.

Talks save city coalition from bust-up

The coalition running the Capital has been saved from the brink of collapse after the two warring political groups agreed to continue to work together.

Council to weigh up cost of day off for Queen’s jubilee

GIVING council staff the day off for the Queen’s diamond jubilee would land the authority with a £320,000 bill, it has emerged.

City to save £72m as private firm lined up to empty bins

THE council is to save almost £72 million as part of a proposed shake-up that would see more giant communal recycling bins introduced to the Capital’s streets.

Contractors called back in as waste dispute flares up

PRIVATE contractors have been called on by council chiefs once again following the latest flare-up in the Capital's long-running bin dispute.

Building probe deepens as seven more staff suspended

THE number of council officials suspended amid fraud investigations into millions of pounds of property repair contracts has nearly doubled to 14.

The Outlook's dim for council's 'Pravda'

USE of the taxpayer-funded newspaper Outlook for information about the city council is "very limited", consultants have told city chiefs.

Ex-city council worker 'blew the whistle on repairs scam six years ago'

A FORMER Edinburgh city council employee has told the Evening News how he first raised concerns about the city's property repair department six years ago.

Million pound pot for retiring council man

A SENIOR director of the city council has left his role - triggering a huge pension pay-out.

Bin dispute flares up as workers plan more strikes

A NEW flare-up has emerged in the Capital's long-running bin dispute, with new protests planned by refuse collectors.

Cammy calls lawyers over timesheet claim

A CITY councillor is considering legal action after a publicly-funded trust he used to work for accused him of "irregularities" in his timesheets.

Review of roles puts the hunt for replacement city directors on hold

THE hunt for replacements for two of the city council's biggest earners has been put on hold for a review that could see one of the posts being axed.

Property repairs scandal to herald shake-up of system

A BUILDING firm gained access to confidential information to blow the whistle on the city council's scandal-hit property repair department, it emerged today.

Overflowing bins cause a stink after collection shake-up

BINS have been left overflowing and unemptied in several areas of Edinburgh because of a shake-up of collection routes.

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