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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.
Cumbria County Council's cabinet has agreed a 3.99 percent council tax hike.
Two percent of the increase will be spent on Adult Social Care.
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Cumbria County Council's cabinet has agreed to increase council tax by 3.99% for 2017 to 2018. A final decision will be made on 16 February.Read the full story ›
Scottish Borders Council will announce plans for its budget and 2017 spending priorities today.
The council has previously said it intends to propose a 3% increase in council tax.
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?
- Closure date : 25th April 2017
- Nearest Branch : Dumfries
- Distance to nearest Branch : 18 miles
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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: