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Lecturers walk out over pay dispute

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Lecturers are striking at colleges across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway today in a walkout across Scotland.

Members of The Educational Institute of Scotland members are walking out over pay disputes.

Lecturers think the 1% pay increase isn't enough.

The lowest won't get as much as somebody £10,000 up the line with a 1% pay rise and it's just so frustrating there doesn't seem to be any staged approach to harmonising pay and conditions."

– Steve James, Educational Institute of Scotland

Lecturers to strike at Dumfries and Galloway College

Lecturers at Dumfries and Galloway College will strike on Thursday 17 March, as a national campaign for fair pay and pay equality in Scotland's colleges escalates.

The strike action is planned to continue until the summer, rising to two and then three days per week, if no resolution is reached in the pay dispute.

Both college campuses will be closed on Thursday.

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Melvyn Bragg condemns arts cuts in Cumbria

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One of Cumbria's most famous faces has hit out at cutbacks to artistic and cultural centres in the county.

Lord Melvyn Bragg, who was born in Carlisle and grew up in Wigton, believes the government is ignoring the social and financial benefits of the arts.

When will this government understand that the arts are not only beneficial for people and a source of great pleasure... they make money?"

– Lord Melvyn Bragg

Views sought on Borders schools

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Parents, carers, staff, pupils and community groups are being asked to share their views on schools in the Scottish Borders.

An online questionnaire is available on Scottish Borders Council's website from today until April 11.

Information sessions are also being held at local high schools over the coming weeks.

The information gathered will be used by council officers to review the current school estate.

"This is not a programme about closure, about anything at all in that regard. What we're talking about is looking at what the estate is like, what the estate is going to be like going forward."

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC's executive member for education
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