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Rural businesses charged more for postage

David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has expressed concern for rural businesses in Scotland after a report showed they pay additional postage costs.

The report, issued by Citizens Advice Scotland, showed that additional charges are added based on geographic location.

“Businesses in rural areas such as Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale are already facing challenges through their location, without having unreasonable extra charges thrust upon them. I wholly support this CAS report...and call on these companies involved to also take note of and meet its recommendations.”

– David Mundell, MP

The report found that:

  • Almost nine out of ten businesses regularly faced an additional surcharge for delivery due to their geographic location
  • 76%, a total of more than 15,000, felt the costs of ordering items online had a ‘substantial impact’ on their business
  • 80% of respondents regularly encountered that surcharges were imposed, due to their location, on orders that stated 'free delivery'

MP criticises high postal charges

The MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has expressed concern after a recent report showed high delivery charges to rural businesses in Scotland.

David Mundell MP is concerned for small businesses within his constituency Credit: David Mundell MP

David Mundell MP said the report, published by Citizens Advice Scotland, showed that rural businesses had additional postal charges applied to their orders, even when 'free delivery' is advertised.

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Families demand more help from Foreign Office

A family from the Scottish Borders are part of a protest in London demanding more help from the foreign office when British people die abroad.

Julie Sheppard's son Andrew Watt was found dead in a country lane in France, close to where he was living in 2010.

French investigators said he died from heart failure but Julie and her husband Les, who live near Selkirk, say information about his death has been kept from them.

They are hoping to convince British officials to help them find the answers they need.

Family of mysterious death abroad to protest today

Andrew Watt died in France in 2010 Credit: ITV Border

The family of a man who died in France will protest outside the Foreign Office later in a bid to find out more details surrounding his death.

Andrew Watt's parents live in Selkirk. He was 31 when he was found dead in 2010. His body was returned to the UK with some of his major organs missing and Andrew's parents say they still don't know how he died.

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Police investigate Scottish Borders break-ins

Police Scotland are appealing for information after several hundred pounds worth of items were stolen from a house in the Scottish Borders.

The incident is thought to have happened in Galashiels between 3pm and 4:50pm on Thursday 3 April.

It's the second break-in in the area within a 24 hour period.

The first incident happened in Coldstream between 2:30pm on Wednesday 2 April and 9:45am the next day.

Nothing has been reported stolen from that property.

Border councils meet to discuss region's future

It's been a historic day for the region with the top people from five border councils getting together for the first ever Borderlands Summit.

Councillors from Carlisle City, Cumbria and Northumberland County councils in England and Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders councils in the south of Scotland met today in Peebles.

The meeting was prompted by the impending vote on Scottish independence, but the councils say it's important that they increase cooperation whatever the outcome of September's referendum.

Tim Backshall has been in Peebles today.

Councils 'need to work more closely in future'

Councillors on both sides of the England/Scotland border say they need to work more closely in future whether or not Scotland votes for independence.

Councillors on both sides of the border say they need to work more closely in future Credit: PA

Representatives of five councils, Carlisle City, Cumbria County, Northumberland County and Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, are meeting for the first time today near Peebles.

Hadrian's wall used to mark the border between Scotland and England Credit: Roger Clegg

They're discussing ways of improving economic opportunities across the border.

The meeting follows the publication of the Borderlands report by Northumbria University which recommended joint working by councils to make the most of social and economic links.

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