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Letter from Scotland

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There was a time when all government was local government.  Your town council organised most of public life, schools, colleges, hospitals, social and welfare services, waste collection, water and drains, trams and buses, police...

Letter from Scotland

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Meet the “Shoes Brothers”, the dancing clergy for Ayrshire.  Rev Neil Urqhart and Father Willie Boyd come from different sides of the religious divide in Scotland but they have joined forces to defeat sectarianism. ...

Letter from Scotland

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Scotland’s 32 local councils have made a rare appearance on the election hustings this week. The work-horses of politics have become the latest talking point in this “tax and spend” election, now just two...

Letter from Scotland

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From flood to frost. Last week we were all talking about the floods. This week we’ve had the first serious snowfalls of the winter. From my east-facing window I see Arthur’s Seat dusted in...

Council tax changes approved for empty homes

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COUNCIL TAKES FIRST STEP IN TACKLING ISSUE OF EMPTY HOMESThe City of Edinburgh Council is set to introduce changes to council tax that will aim to tackle the issue of empty homes in the...

Five win a draw to have their Council tax paid for a year

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Five lucky Edinburgh residents have won a year’s worth of free council tax following a prize draw that aimed to encourage more people to pay their council tax bills by direct debit.The City of...

The nuts and bolts of the City Council budget

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The Council took a long time yesterday to pass the budget but it went through unchanged by 30 votes to 29 when they did approve it. The Labour group in the council had prepared...

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