Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Borders Council

128 council bosses earn £100,000 or more

The number of local authority high-earners in Scotland being paid more than £100,000 is rising, official figures have shown.

New party for the Borders

A NEW political party has been formed in the Borders, arguing the region should shape its own futures rather than hang on to "Edinburgh's coat tails".

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Housing plan backed for Scott's view of the Borders

PLANS to build 79 houses opposite the historic home of Sir Walter Scott were yesterday approved by Scottish Borders Council in the face of major objections from leading heritage organisations.

At-risk adults now 'safer' after scandal in Borders

A FINAL report into a social work scandal concluded yesterday that safeguards were now in place to detect the abuse of vulnerable adults, but it said more work needed to be done.

Borders council set to sanction £50m PPP to replace old schools

BORDERS councillors are expected to sanction a £50 million public private partnership (PPP) package to pay for the replacement of three outdated secondary schools.

Benefit team warns of claims challenge

WELFARE benefit officers in the Borders, who secured a record £4.3 million in additional payments for hundreds of clients last year, have warned that revised claim processes are threatening to hamper the region’s anti-poverty strategy.

Schools cash system chaos turned round

GROSS financial mismanagement within the Borders education service - which allowed a £4 million overspend to go undetected until 2001 - has been replaced by the most rigorous and effective monitoring system in Scotland, say council leaders.

Move to protect vulnerable adults after abuse scandal

A DEDICATED unit for the protection of vulnerable adults is to be created in the Borders after damning reports uncovered failings in social work and healthcare services over a 30-year period.

Concern rises over state of Borders roads and bridges

CONCERN is growing over the condition of the road network in the Borders and many of the region’s bridges after surveys showed the backlog of repair and resurfacing work now stands at many millions of pounds.

Poll puts coalition to test

THE ruling Conservative/ Independent coalition which took control of Scottish Borders Council in dramatic fashion a year ago faces its first electoral test at today’s Kelso North by-election.

Care system overhauled after abuse case

THE local authority whose social work department was heavily criticised in three separate inquiry reports into a horrific abuse case claims to have made sweeping changes to protect vulnerable adults in its care.

Five-year bar on right to buy council homes

THE right to buy rented council homes may be suspended for up to five years in parts of Scotland in a bid to ease a housing crisis caused by lack of affordable accommodation.

Enterprise arm gets embarrassment of riches

THE enterprise company responsible for job creation and business support in the Borders has revealed an increase in its budget for 2004-5 only weeks after receiving a hand-out of more than £150,000 from the local council to safeguard two key projects.

Tories will vote down Borders school closures

SCOTTISH Borders Council has been urged to scrap its controversial school closure programme after it was revealed almost half the councillors in the ruling administration are unlikely to back the policy.

Borders Council 'has failed to learn financial lessons'

A FORMER leader of Scottish Borders Council has expressed serious concern over the management of the authority’s finances following claims of a further "massive" underspend on services.

Borders tax level to rise by 5.4%

BORDERS council taxpayers will have to find 5.4 per cent more next year after Tory and independent councillors, who administer local services, buried their considerable differences to come up with a compromise figure.

Council rebuilds trust after £4m education fiasco

A TEAM assembled to sort out the lack of financial control in the Borders education department has already rebuilt confidence and trust in the region’s schools, according to government inspectors.

Council to employ 20 new staff in wake of Miss X case

A RADICAL shake up within the Borders social-work department in the wake of the harrowing "Miss X" case will include the appointment of up to 20 new staff at a cost of about £580,000 a year.

Borders tax plan falters

A FINANCIAL strategy set in place less than a year ago to improve and extend council services in the Borders through substantial increases in local tax, now seems certain to be abandoned.

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