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Consultation on local Borders health and social care plans continue

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The Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership will continue holding a consultation on health and social care locality plans.

The plans were developed for Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot & Liddesdale and Tweeddale, and focus on local needs and priorities by those who use and deliver health and social care services, especially in response to:

  • increasing demand for services due to a rise in the population over 65 years of age
  • increasing pressure on resources due to the rise in demand
  • changing service user expectations and the desire to the improve health and social care experience.

It is important that local people, particularly service users, carers and health and social care professionals, have the opportunity to influence and inform service planning and I would ask all interested parties to consider these proposals carefully and provide their feedback.”

– Elaine Torrance, Chief Officer Health and Social Care Integration

The formal consultation, which began on Monday 17 July, is set to end on Saturday 16 September 2017.

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Scottish Borders Council names champions

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Scottish Borders Council’s Administration has announced the councillors who will take up the roles of special interest champions for the next five years. The appointments are:

  • Armed Forces and Veterans Champion – Councillor Harry Scott
  • Children and Young People’s Champion – Councillor Scott Hamilton
  • Energy Efficiency Champion – Councillor Gordon Edgar
  • Equalities Champion – Councillor John Greenwell
  • Learning Disabilities Champion – Councillor Kris Chapman
  • Older People’s Champion – Councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol
  • Voluntary Sector Champion – Councillor Robin Tatler
  • Wellbeing and Safety Champion – Councillor Kevin Drum

“They play a vital role in supporting not only the Executive Members for each relevant portfolio, but in their own right working to support and raise awareness of the issues relating to their particular remit."

– Council Convener, Councillor David Parker

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New LED streetlights for Scottish Borders

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A street light replacement scheme in the Scottish Borders will finish two years ahead of schedule.

All 19,000 lights across the Borders are being replaced as part of a £4.9 million project.

The council says new LED lights will last longer, cut down on repair bills and be cheaper to run - saving the authority £20 million over twenty years.

You can find out more about the progress of the work here.

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