ITV Border's Political Editor dissects the battle ahead after George Osborne's Autumn Statement.
ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon takes a look at the Autumn Statement.
Proposals to cut the number of MPs in Scotland have been branded a complete waste of taxpayers money by one local MP.
Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson has pledged to scrap free prescriptions if they get into power in Holyrood.
She told the party conference in Edinburgh that the money would go towards funding 1,000 extra nurses and midwives in the NHS.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has pledged to scrap free prescriptions in order to fund 1,000 extra nurses and midwives in the NHS if her party gains power at Holyrood.
The additional staff would be recruited using money saved from ending universal free prescriptions, which were introduced by the SNP government almost three years ago.
– Ruth Davidson MSP, Scottish Conservative leader
"Under the SNP, the number of nurses and midwives in Scotland has gone up and down like a fiddler's elbow. Two thousand posts gone over two years.
"Right now - hundreds of places down, creating an intolerable pressure on those who are left.
"It's time we did something about it. That's why today I am able to announce the Scottish Conservatives will pledge an extra 1,000 nurses and midwives for Scotland. And, once introduced, we will not let numbers drop below that mark."
ITV's Pam Royle speaks to Councillor Colin Smith from Dumfries and Galloway council about proposals for new railway stations in the region
The council decided today it would put in a bid to get a slice of a £30million pot from the Scottish Government, which has been set aside to redevelop railways throughout the country.
If successful, Stranraer would be refurbished and new stations would be built at Thornhill, Eastriggs, Dunragit-Glenluce and Beattock. The council says they would be built in that order - based on the greatest need - as passenger numbers continue to grow in Southern Scotland.
Earlier today Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce spoke with ITV Border about what today's news on the Cumbrian economy means for jobs and business in the area.
There has been mixed reports on the state of the Cumbrian economy.
Businesses say they believe the county is on the road to recovery.
Many firms are reporting that they're more optimistic than at any time since the recession began.
But that optimism seems to be at odds with the experience of many workers, who still say they are facing tough times and seeing little sign of improvement.
Those in the public sector seem to be hardest hit.
The union, UNISON, says across the North West of England 40,000 jobs have gone since 2012.
They say that's seven per cent of public sector jobs.
So is the economy turning a corner or is there more hardship ahead?
Tim Backshall has this special report:
Businesses in Cumbria say they believe the county's economy is on the road to recovery, while some MPs and individuals think there's still a long way to go.
Many firms are reporting that they're more optimistic than at any time since the recession began with some now beginning to take on extra staff.
David Durnford is the Managing Director of Motive Technology:
The Copeland MP gives his views on the state of Cumbria's economy.
ITV Border's full special report on the issue will be on Lookaround Monday, 13 January at 6pm.
Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart believes that the government is on the right path to pulling the country out of the economic doldrums.
He does admit that there is no quick fix and that not everyone has seen things improve yet.
The coalition Government in Westminster says the Autumn Statement hands Scotland an extra £308 million in the next two years. But the Nationalist Scottish Government says that doesn't make up for £3.1 billion of previous cuts.
SNP ministers are under opposition pressure to spend the extra cash on their flagship policy of extra childcare.
Our Political Editor Peter MacMahon got this reaction at Holyrood today:
Chancellor George Osbourne's had good news about our economy in his Autumn Statement today but said the job is not finished yet - and the decisions he announced will affect us all.
The state pension is to rise by £2.95 from next April. But younger people will work for longer. The pension age is increasing to 68 and then 69 sooner than planned - and there will be no rise in fuel duty in September 2014.
Our reporter Matthew Taylor has been speaking to families and businesses to find out how they think the Chancellor's statement affects their lives: