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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.
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 councillors are expected to sanction a £50 million public private partnership (PPP) package to pay for the replacement of three outdated secondary schools.
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.
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within the Borders education service - which allowed a £4 million overspend to go undetected until 2001 - has been replaced by the most rigorous and effective monitoring system in Scotland, say council leaders.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.