A new collection of coloured coins inspired by Beatrix Potter has been a victim of its own success...Read the full story ›
The campaigner behind a petition against the use of animal fat in plastic bank notes is threatening legal action over the Bank of England's decision to continue printing the notes.
Doug Maw, a vegan from Keswick, started a petition which has now been signed by more than 130,000 people.
He was invited to meet the Bank of England and discuss his concerns last month, however, the central bank has now said it will continue using the notes, as it would be too costly to replace them.
Mr Maw has said he is "angry" with the decision.
The fact that they've decided to go ahead and not withdraw and continue (circulating the notes), means they are forcing people who have religious and ethical objections to use something that's against their religious beliefs and their ethical beliefs.
I'm most definitely as of now looking at legal advice and we will definitely be bringing a test case against them because I'm pretty sure we will win it.
A petition against the use of animal fat in the controversial plastic bank notes was set up by a man from Keswick.Read the full story ›
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:
Find out about the changes to income tax and council tax, as well as the Scottish Greens controversial deal with the SNP government.Read the full story ›
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