A doctor from Dumfries has told ITV Border that the government should continue to fund foreign aid, to save lives across the world.
It comes after calls for the budget to be cut following allegations of sexual abuse by aid workers at a number of charities.
The Government has announced a £16 million investment to electrify the Windermere rail line in the Lake District.
The 10 mile branch line links the National Park to the west coast main line at Oxenholme. It will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route. The Government says it will mean faster and more reliable journeys.
The work will be carried out by Network Rail as part of its electrification programme across the north. It could be completed by 2017. Other routes being electrified include Manchester to Liverpool, Preston, Leeds and York, and Preston to Blackpool.
The Government says the National Park and the visitors using the railway will be taken into account as the work is carried out.
Campaigners have long called for the line to be electrified to improve the service and protect its future.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed has welcomed the launch of a consultation on the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely siting process:
The Government has announced that it wants to change the planning rules surrounding whether an underground nuclear nuclear waste could be built in Cumbria.
The last search for a site came to and end in January after Cumbria County Councillors voted not to pursue the idea.
That was despite district councillors in Copeland and Allerdale wanting to continue the investigation into whether west Cumbria would be a suitable location.
The issue has now come back onto the agenda with a consultation being launched that could lead to Cumbria being looked at again.
Under the revised process it could be left up to district councils or unitary authorities to decide whether the area wants an underground store.
The Government wants to start a new selection process in 2014.
Mike Sanderson from NFU England says some farmers will take years to recover:
William Evans is a farmer from Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway.
He said that given the chance, he would change the way the compensation claims are assessed:
Andrew McCornick is the Regional Chairman for NFU Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway).
He says that although the government aid is welcome, it is not the long term solution:
Farmers who were hit by the severe snow storms during spring only have until the end of the day to apply for government aid.
South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume is urging farmers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders to apply for their share of the £6 million aid package.
Thousands of sheep were left buried under massive snow drifts during the snow storms.
The MP for Dumfriesshire, Cyldesdale and Tweeddale has welcome a boost in capital expenditure for Scotland in the Chancellors' spending review and has called on the Scottish Government to deliver on infrastructure projects for southern Scotland.