More people facing money worries

Figures released by the Citizens Advice Bureau has revealed more people than ever in Dumfries and Galloway are facing financial problems.

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'Independence will reduce the flow of trade'

The Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has been in Dumfries and Galloway today to launch a paper that claims independence will reduce the flow of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK by more than 80 percent.

The 'Yes Scotland' campaign says that the paper is irrelevant as it draws on out-of-date data from Canada and the USA.

Margaret Curran toured a factory in Lockerbie to highlight the so-called border effect earlier today, as Jenny Longden reports.

Claims of 'Border effect' by Shadow Scottish Secretary

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tours a Lockerbie factory
Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tours a Lockerbie factory Credit: ITV News Border

Independence will create a 'border effect', reducing the flow of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK, according to a new report by Scottish Labour.

The briefing paper claims trade will be 83% lower after 30 years in the event of independence.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran highlighted the so-called 'border effect' during a trip to a Lockerbie factory this afternoon, Thursday 17 July.

The Yes campaign claim the paper is based on out-of-date data that is irrelevant to Scotland.

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Shadow Scottish secretary to visit southern Scotland

Shadow Scottish secretary to visit southern Scotland
Margaret Curran, shadow Scottish secretary, is visiting southern Scotland

The shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran is visiting Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders today.

With just weeks to go until the independence referendum, the Labour MP will be speaking about the potential effect that having a more formalised border could have on international trade.

The SNP are arguing any negative assertions are based on what they describe as "inaccurate data".

Inquiry launched into issues affecting southern Scotland

An inquiry into the issues affecting people in the south of Scotland is underway.

The investigation, 'Our Borderlands - Our Future' is being held by the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.

It aims to address two central questions:

  • Are current structures working as effectively as they could to benefit the people in the south of Scotland
  • How can the UK and Scottish Governments work together with Local Authorities to deliver appropriate and effective policies to support economic development and growth in the south of Scotland?

People can respond to the inquiry online and address the differing points relating to EU structural funds, unemployment, economic development and enterprise, among others.

The inquiry has been welcomed by one local MP, Michael Moore:

“I am glad to see that the inquiry is looking into issues such as unemployment, economic development and the need for a new enterprise body for the region.

“I want to encourage Borders businesses and local people to take part in this inquiry and make their views known so that we can raise awareness of the obstacles that are holding our region back and begin to tackle them.”

– MICHAEL MOORE MP, BERWICKSHIRE, ROXBURGH AND SELKIRK

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Armed Forces Day

Military organisations are celebrating Armed Forces Day.

It focuses on those who are currently serving, by raising awareness and showing support for the contribution they and their families make.

There are events today (Saturday 28th June) in Carlisle, Workington, Cockermouth and Stranraer.

  • Cockermouth:11.00 to 14.00 at Victori Hall, High Sand Lane
  • Workington: 10.45am to midnight at the Royal British Legion Club, St John's Court
  • Carlisle: 10.00 to 16.00 on the pedestrianised area
  • Stranraer: 12.00 to 22.00 at Agnew Park

'Bag Monster' supports 5p charge for carrier bags

Campaigners outside the Scottish Parliament invented a 'bag monster' to show support for a plan to introduce a charge of 5p for carrier bags.

Inside, the Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead told a committee Scotland uses 750m bags a year - the equivalent of 12 bags per person each month.

Bag Monster and Litter Bin
Keep Scotland Beautiful said the 5p charge would tackle Scotland's 'throwaway society'
Bag Monster
Bag Monster - but the charge would also apply to paper and biodegradable bags
More carrier bags are used in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK, said campaigners

More on Representing Border on Wednesday 21st May at 2250.

Scotland's fisheries low on stocks

The fishing industry is key to the prosperity of many of South Scotland's coastal communities. But some fishermen are concerned that stocks are getting low.

They claim the management of inshore waters is under resourced and more action is needed to support the sector.

Kathryn Samson reports from the Borders coastal town of Eyemouth:

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