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Bank note campaigner invited to Parliament

Tallow is used in the £5 notes. Credit: PA

A man from Keswick who set up a petition against the use of animal fat in new plastic bank notes, has been invited to a meeting in Parliament.

Doug Maw, who is a vegan, will speak to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism.

His petition - against the use of tallow in the notes - has been signed by more than 130,000 people.

Recently he met representatives of the Bank of England, and after the meeting he spoke to ITV Border:


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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