Public Exhibition for Burns Square

An exhibition showing proposals to redesign Burns Square in Dumfries have gone on display, with the Council agreeing to spend almost £1m.

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D&G Council providing extra refuse sacks due to bad weather

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Dumfries and Galloway Council say that due to the severe weather over the past couple of days, they have been unable to collect all refuse bins in some areas.

The council are continuing to work with the Christmas collection timetable and are rescheduling collections as soon as possible.

A statement from the council says:

"Householders can collect two free waste sacks from any of our Customer Service Centres or Library's to help with additional waste and these will be uplifted with their wheelie bins."

Council apologises for 'distressing' council tax letter

The new Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Ronnie Nicholson, has said a change of culture is needed in the way it deals with the public.

He was speaking after the council was forced to apologise over letters sent to 3,500 people about their council tax bills.

They were questioning whether people were still eligible for single person discounts.

The council says the letters were sent by a company working on its behalf and contained unfortunate language which may have caused distress.

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Dumfries and Galloway Council issue apology

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A Scottish council is to apologise to 3,500 householders after they were sent official letters regarding council tax single person discount.

Dumfries and Galloway Council say the letter contained some unfortunate language which may have caused distress to some individuals.

They are writing to all recipients of the letter to apologise.

Former council leader: "cowardice and lack of moral fibre" of resigned councillors will be remembered

The former leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Ivor Hyslop, has said that the "cowardice and lack of moral fibre" of seven councillors who resigned ahead of his own decision to step down will not be forgotten.

"It has been a huge privilege to Lead this Council for 6 years, the support of collegues today in the Chamber is very much appreciated.

"I always said I would serve as Leader of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Conservative and Unionist Group and indeed the Council unless asked otherwise.

"At no time have the seven who have ripped our group apart challenged that, or had the courage to face me, their cowardice and lack of moral fibre will be remembered by all for many years to come."

– Ivor Hyslop, former leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Full report: Historic win for female workers in equal pay case

Hundreds of women employed by Dumfries and Galloway Council have won the right to equal pay, after the Supreme Court ruled that they had suffered discrimination.

It is expected to cost the authority about one and half million pounds to settle claims by 250 staff, including classroom assistants and nursery nurses.

The judgment paves the way for thousands more claims by female council staff in Scotland.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Dumfries and Galloway Council response to court ruling

Below is a statement from Dumfries and Galloway Council in response to the Supreme Court case ruling:

"This is a complex case, which has been considered by Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Session, and now the Supreme Court.

"The Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Session both ruled in our Council’s favour. The Supreme Court judgment is the most recent stage of the legal process.

"The appellants, including classroom assistants and nursery nurses, now have won the right to have their jobs compared to those of male manual workers, such as road workers and groundsmen.

"This judgment has implications for many local authorities and other public bodies. Our Council will now consider its position in response to the Supreme Court judgment."

– Dumfries and Galloway Council Spokesperson

D&G claimants to share £1.5 million in compensation

UNISON Scotland says that the 251 Dumfries and Galloway claimants can expect to share around £1.5 million in compensation.

The overall compensation figure for 2,000 female members of UNISON Scotland is almost £12 million, after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the claimants.

This is a landmark case in equal pay across the UK. UNISON’s determination to fight for our members has successfully defended the intentions of the Equal Pay Act.

"Losing this would have been a serious setback for the Act itself.

“It is a disgrace that it is taking so long for women to get equal pay with men and that councils have fought to defend discriminatory practice in this way.

“More than 40 years after the Equal Pay Act, and after 30 years of equal value claims and 20 years after Scottish local authorities and trade unions reached agreement on implementing equal pay, there is finally no hiding place.

“The unions, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government have been telling council leaders to get this sorted out.

“We are proud that it was UNISON alone who got the final answer from the Supreme Court. It is time for councils to stump up and give our members what is due to them.”

– Mike Kirby, Scottish Secretary, UNISON
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