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A national campaign to help young carers receive more help from the government has been backed by the Scottish Borders Council.
Three teenagers from the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) lobbied councillors for their support today, 26 June.
The SYP 'Care. Fair. Share' campaign aims to ensure young carers are treated fairly by society and in government policies.
Finlay Duff, 18 from Jedburgh, Scott Redmond from Hawick and Nicola Pringle from Oxton, both 17, are all part of the SYP and went to the council for their support.
– Nicola Pringle, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament
“A young carer is defined as someone under the age of 25 who has a significant role in providing care, often to a relative – parent or sibling - who is experiencing physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse or other needs. There is estimated to be over 100,000 young carers in Scotland. This is nearly 10% of all school aged children.”
Finlay and Nicola gave a presentation to Scottish Borders Council members this morning, 26 June, who offered their support for the motion.
– Finlay Duff, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament
“I am delighted to have the support of Scottish Borders Council. This is an important step in shedding light and addressing this important issue and the needs of young carers. Today’s motion is an important milestone and extends the hard work that we have put in to this campaign as members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and I am glad to see change happening as a direct result of this commitment.”
The Scottish Borders Council has said the community has been "hit hard" by events at the Jim Clark Rally.
Three people have been killed and two others remain critically injured in hospital after cars crashed into spectators in two separate incidents during the rally on Saturday.
A statement read:
– Convener Councillor Graham Garvie, Scottish Borders Council
"All our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones or whose loved ones were injured as a result of the tragic accidents yesterday. We offer them our sincerest condolences.
“The Jim Clark Rally and rallying generally is a longstanding and important part of our culture here in the Borders and our close knit community has been hit hard by yesterday's events.
“The Council, working with partner agencies, will ensure it offers the maximum level of support not just to our local communities, but to everyone affected by yesterday's tragic events. "
A bid for two new train stations at East Linton and Reston has been forwarded to the Scottish Government.
Scottish Borders and East Lothian councils and South East Scotland's transport partnership, SEStran, have submitted the proposal together.
Scottish Borders Council have increased the proposed level of funding towards the scheme to £1.2million and it is believed that this plan could benefit the economy, tourism and reduce road congestion.
Scottish Borders Council have approved plans to move its schools to a four and a half day week.
The local authority held a series of consultation meetings across the region to discuss the proposals. A report said the case for the move was strong in both "educational and financial terms".
A motorist has been charged with careless driving after crashing into an historic monument in the Scottish Borders.
The 147-year-old Mercat Cross in Galashiels was badly damaged following a single vehicle collision on Monday 12th March.
Police Scotland have confirmed a 55-year-old man has been charged with careless driving and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal at Selkirk.
Meanwhile, Scottish Borders Council say the monument will need to be taken down for repair and then carefully put back together again.
A former British Touring Car champion is backing a scheme to get young people to improve their driving skills.
The skills for life programme is aimed at reducing the numbers of fatalities and casualties on roads in the Scottish Borders.
Up to 400 young people will now be able to take their Advanced Driving Test free of charge, thanks to funding from Scottish Borders Council.
Those behind the scheme, including former racing driver John Cleland, hope it will set a benchmark for the rest of the UK. Jenny Longden reports.
A primary school in Galashiels has won the kitchen of the year award from Scottish Borders Council.
Pupils at Burgh Primary School starred in their own video highlighting the dedication of the three dinner ladies who work there.
Scottish Borders Council have approved the next stage of the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.
It means the £31.4million scheme had now been fully approved.
A decision on funding for the scheme from the Scottish Government is due in the next few weeks. If the bid is successful, the scheme will go ahead.
Nearly 600 properties in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas of the town are at risk of flooding.
Museums, community halls and libraries in the Scottish Borders could soon be run by a Charitable Trust.
Scottish Borders Council has agreed to transfer their Cultural Services in a bid to save £406,000.
The move could avoid the closure of such facilities under the council's control.
If the move goes ahead it will be launched by October 2015.