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Three percent council tax rise in Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders Council. Credit: Scottish Borders Council.

Scottish Borders Council has confirmed a three percent council tax increase will come into force in April.

The increase sees an end to to a nine-year freeze of Council Tax under the SNP Government, and will bring the local authority a raised income of £3.7m.

The announcement was made as the council revealed its proposed budget for the next 12 months.

It's receiving £8.362m less in funding from the Scottish Government, and will use the council tax hike to make up for this.

The council is also planning to cut an estimated 123 posts - this could mean job losses, however there are currently 150 vacancies therefore some of these could simple be retired.

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Clydesdale Bank: will my branch close? and where is my nearest one?

The Castle Douglas branch of Clydesdale Bank is set to close its doors for good Credit: PA

Scores of jobs are set to go in the region after Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank announced it is to close 79 branches nationwide.

The Unite union said more than 400 jobs would go and labelled the decision "deeply devastating" to the employees.

The closures amount to a third of the bank's branches and is the largest-ever closure plan by the company which will radically change the face of the bank, according to Unite.

Yorkshire Bank will close 39 branches and Clydesdale 40.

The company said the number of customers using their bank for day-to-day transactions across the industry had fallen by a third since 2011, while there had been a "sharp and sustained increase in digital and mobile engagement".

Where will the axe fall in our region - and how far to the nearest branch?

Castle Douglas

  • Closure date : 25th April 2017
  • Nearest Branch : Dumfries
  • Distance to nearest Branch : 18 miles

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People urged to wrap pipes before cold spell returns

People are being urged to wrap their external pipes before the cold spell returns.

Thousands of people end up with burst pipes every year because they've been allowed to freeze over.

Burst pipes can cause a huge amount of water damage, as well as extensive repair bills.

Simon Bullen, from United Utilities, has some helpful advice on what to do if you have burst pipes, and more importantly, how to prevent it from happening.

He's been speaking to our reporter Lori Carnochan:

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