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Ofcom announce changes for ITV's coverage in Cumbria and southern Scotland

The television regulator, Ofcom, has announced the changes it would like to see to ITV's coverage in Cumbria and southern Scotland.

ITV's proposal to revert to a full half hour of local Border news in Lookaround has been accepted.

There will also be more tailored coverage in weekend, lunchtime and morning bulletins.

Southern Scotland will also receive an extra 90 minutes of current affairs programming a week. Some of the changes will begin in the autumn.

Political discussion from Westminster: Tonight at 11.35pm

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Helen Ford presents Around The House from Westminster Credit: ITV Border

On tonight's edition of Around The House, Helen Ford discusses the row over party funding and the political significance of the Lindisfarne Gospels with a panel of guests, including South Lakes Lib Dem Tim Farron and Southern Scotland Conservative David Mundell.

Helen Ford also talks to Beth Farhat about her new role as General Secretary of the Northern TUC.

Around The House is at 11.35pm tonight (Thursday 11th July) on ITV.

Around The House: Tonight at 11.35pm

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Around The House at 11.35pm on ITV Credit: ITV Border

Helen Ford presents our political programme from Westminster.

Tonight's guests include the new Regional Secretary of the Northern TUC, Beth Farhat.

Also in the programme, South Lakes MP Tim Farron and Southern Scotland MP David Mundell consider the row over party funding.

Around The House is at 11.35pm tonight (Thursday 11th July) on ITV.

Employers urged to think of young people

The Minister for Youth Employment, Angela Constance, is urging employers to make the most of the skills young people can offer.

“Supporting more young people into jobs is a top priority for the Scottish Government. We are working hard to improve the employment options available and these very positive figures from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway demonstrate that our work and that of local authorities is producing results.

“A record 89.9 per cent of our young people nationwide are rightly securing opportunities on leaving school, however, one young person not in training or employment is one too many and our work must continue.

“A vibrant Scottish economy needs Scotland’s young people to be a central part of a dynamic workforce and most young Scots want to rise to this challenge.

"That’s why I would urge more employers in Scotland to make our young people their business and take advantage of the support we’ve provided to do so.”

– Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment

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Youth unemployment falls in southern Scotland

The number of young people claiming unemployment benefit in the south of Scotland has fallen by 11% in comparison to last year.

The new figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that the claimant count for March 2013 across Borders and Dumfries and Galloway fell by 230 compared to the same time last year.

The figures are broken down as follows for each local authority:

  • Scottish Borders: 120 fewer young people claiming unemployment benefit
  • Dumfries and Galloway: 110 fewer young people claiming unemployment benefit

New 3G pitch for Palmerston Park

Palmerston Park in Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

Councillors have unveiled the details on three new '3G' artificial football pitches that will be built in Dumfries and Galloway, including at the ground of Queen of the South.

The council agreed to spend £750,000 on the new surfaces at Palmerston Park in Dumfries, Blairmount Park at Newton Stewart FC and St Mary's Park in Kirkcudbright.

The total amounts are:

£225,000 to Queen of the South

£275,000 to Newton Stewart FC

£275,000 to St Cuthbert Wanderers.

The money will be subject to match funding from Sport Scotland.

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