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Unemployment falls in Border region

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Unemployment nationally is at a seven-year low of 1.83 million, official figures showed today.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month also fell by 12,600 to 763,800, said the Office for National Statistics.

In Cumbria, the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance last month was 4,042. The previous month it had been 4,309.

267
fewer people claimed JSA in Cumbria last month compared to the previous month

Similarly, last month's figures fell in the Scottish Borders, down to 1,1138 from 1,1213

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fewer people claimed JSA in the Scottish Borders last month compared to the previous month

Dumfries and Galloway also saw a drop, from 1,896 to 1,783.

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fewer people claimed JSA in Dumfries and Galloway last month compared to the previous month

St Bees campaigners meet to consider injunction

St Bees.

Campaigners are meeting this afternoon to consider whether to pursue legal action against the governors of St Bees school.

The 400-year-old school is closing this year because of falling pupil numbers, and because the governors say it is not financially sustainable.

But campaigners say they don't feel the governors have considered all of the options, and this afternoon they will decide whether to seek an injunction, to stop the closure.

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Potential jobs boost for Selkirk

A timber company could take over the former Co-op home furnishing store Credit: PA

A Borders-based timber company's expansion plans could create more than 50 new jobs in Selkirk.

Oregon Timber - who are based at Dunsdale Haugh - want to take over the nearby former Co-op home furnishing store which closed last summer.

Oregon, who supply timber frames for house-builders such as Cala, Miller and Dawn, already have a 100-strong workforce in Selkirk.

The firm has applied to Scottish Borders Council for planning permission to change its use from retail to a timber manufacturing facility.

Documents lodged with the application state the new factory will have a proposed employment of 53 staff.

"The sole aim of making this application is to pursue the company's desire to acquire additional space suitable for the proposed expansion of its current timber frame manufacturing facility in Selkirk."

– Spokesperson, Oregon Timber

Unions enter talks over Sellafield site safety concerns

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Unions representing more than 1,200 construction workers at the Sellafield site have agreed to enter into talks with a mediator.

Workers voted in favour of industrial action last week after a 10 month dispute over health and safety concerns.

Unite and GMB say that their issue is not with Sellafield Ltd, but with the NAECI managers contractor.

They have warned that if their safety concerns are not addressed by NAECi, they will ballot for strike action once more.

Today at the NAECI Stewards committee, we voted unanimously to recommend to our members at the Report Back meeting this Friday that we accept the offer of the National Joint Council to mediate a meeting to resolve the issues ASAP.

"If the talks are unsuccessful, the process of balloting for industrial action will take place."

– Spokesperson, Unite and GMB Unions

Unions meet to decide Sellafield action

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Unions that represent more than 1,200 construction workers at Sellafield will meet today to decide what type of industrial action will be taken at the site.

Unite union says the move follows a 10 month dispute over health and safety, and a disagreement over the employment of a full-time shop steward.

Sellafield says the workers are contractors, employed by other companies, and that their actions won't affect site operations or safety

£5 million deal could create fifty new jobs

The land as it is currently used Credit: ITV Border

Fifty jobs could be created in Carlisle as the city council has agreed to sell five acres of land on the Rosehill Industrial Estate.

The deal is thought to be worth up to £5 million.

There are plans for the land to be used for the development of up to ten commercial and retail units, as well as a 350 space pay-and-display car park.

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