Figures released by the Citizens Advice Bureau has revealed more people than ever in Dumfries and Galloway are facing financial problems.
Labour have taken control of Carlisle City Council for the first time in 13 years.
Voters in several parts of the region go to the polls tomorrow in the local elections.
People across Cumbria and southern Scotland have been marking Armed Forces Day. Events were held in Stranraer, Workington, Cockermouth and Carlisle, from where Fiona Marley Paterson sent this report.
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
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.
More on Representing Border on Wednesday 21st May at 2250.
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:
Anti wind farm campaigners in Cumbria and Southern Scotland have welcomed the Government's announcement that subsidies to onshore wind farms will be reduced.
They say the change will dramatically cut the number being built in the region.
I**nstead more money is going to be spent subsidising off shore wind farms.
Environmental campaigners like Friends of the Earth say the change merely reflects how wind power has become more affordable, reducing the need for the government incentives.
Samantha Parker reports:
There are concerns about the number of people with money problems in Dumfries and Galloway. A report by the Citizens Advice Bureau says low income households are being penalised by welfare reforms.
The CAB says it's having to specialise in financial advice, as more people struggle with debt and changes to the benefit system. Andy Burn reports.
Many vulnerable families across Dumfries & Galloway are facing financial crisis according to the local Citizens Advice Service.
The charity has published a report which it says shows evidence that many low income households are being hit hard by the Government's welfare reforms.
The Charity claims the report reveals:
- The service dealt with 27,000 cases last year.
- The most common issue was the benefits system. 46% of all cases were from vulnerable people (higher than the scottish average of 38%)
- The second biggest issue was debt, more than 500 new clients in the region reported an average debt of £19,000
Dumfries and Galloway CAS Chief Executive Sue Irving says,
"Many people will be shocked by just how many families in Dumfries & Galloway are suffering.
"The Citizens Advice Service offers free, impartial and confidential advice to anyone who needs it. Our trained advisers offer advice on any issue. But the report shows how we are having to specialise in financial advice - whether it's helping people who are in debt, or those who have been caught out by the changes being made to the benefit system.
– D&G CAS Chief Executive Sue Irving
"It's very worrying that nearly half of all cases we see now are about the benefit system. This rate is higher than the numbers seen by the Scottish CAB service as a whole, which suggests a growing crisis for vulnerable people here in Dumfries & Galloway."
A bright start to the morning for most, with some cloud developing in western areas throughout the course of the day.
Top temperatures should reach around 18 degrees.