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Borders farmers calling for changes to meat production

Farmers in the Borders are calling for changes to what they say is a "bizarre" system which means the meat they produce cannot be labelled as Scottish.

Lambs and pigs from the area are having to be slaughtered in England because there are no longer any abattoirs in the Borders.

However, that means the meat has to be labelled as British rather than Scottish.

Watch the full report from Jenny Longden below.


National fire service 'will remain local'

The Borders new senior fire officer, Peter Heath Credit: ITV News Border

The new senior fire officer in the Borders says the fire and rescue service in the region will be enhanced, even though it is being nationalised.

Peter Heath will head up the service in the Borders alongside Mid and East Lothian from an office at Galashiels Fire station.

The 45-year-old from Innerleithen was appointed to the role following the announcement that all eight fire and rescue services in Scotland will be merged into one.

Government advisors in Hawick and Galashiels this week

A twenty a day smoker spends on average £50 a week on their habit, enough to feed a family of four for a week.

This week the Scottish Government is sending experts in breaking nicotine addiction to pharmacies in Borders towns to give free advice.

Stand location details are:

Mon 21st Jan - Morrisons, Mart Street, Hawick

Tues 22nd Jan - Asda Currie Road, Galashiels

Scottish Secretary welcomes help for rural motorists

The Berwickshire MP and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said motorists across the Borders will welcome the decision by the Chancellor to abandon a planned 3p rise in fuel duty, due in January:

"I think that it's particularly important that the Chancellor has abandoned the proposed fuel duty increase. That will help motorsits across the south of Scotland and the north of England, and in rural areas.

"As well as that, we've got a cut to people's taxes- taking low and middle income tax payers out of tax all together and reducing the burden on others.

"For people across the south of Scotland and the north of England that's very important."

– Michael Moore, Berwickshire MP and Scottish Secretary
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