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£29 million to tackle poverty

Organisations that tackle poverty can now have access to a new £29 million funding pot set up by the Scottish Government.

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Press freedom in Scotland “at risk” from UK Government proposals

Proposals to regulate the press in England and Wales would “pose a potential threat to press freedom” in Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

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An artist's impression of the planned Home Bargains store in Dalkeith, directly south of the Tesco petrol station at Hardengreen.

Plans for new retail unit to be heard tomorrow

Midlothian Councillors have been urged to turn an “eyesore” into an “asset” by granting planning permission for a Home Bargains store in Dalkeith.

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Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Scotland is set to pilot a radical scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI), regardless of whether they work or not.

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Aerial shot of Straiton retail park.

Affordable housing SHIP sails

Midlothian Council leaders have approved plans to deliver 1441 new affordable homes through the Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2017/18-2021/22 (SHIP).

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Midlothian House.

Leader just survives dismissal motion

Midlothian Council leader Catherine Johnstone last week narrowly survived calls for her to be removed over accusations she put her party ahead of local people.

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First Minister's Christmas party.

First Minister’s Christmas message

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Christmas is about spending time with those we love, and for thinking about friends and family at home and abroad.

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New legislation introduced by the Scottish Parliament will tighen up planning controls for pay day lenders and betting shops on Scotlands high streets.

Tighter controls over high street “blight”

The “blight” of pay day lenders and betting operators on Scotland’s high streets will be tackled with stricter planning controls from now on.

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Cllr. Margot Russell and Stephen Curran, Labour's candidates for the Dalkeith ward at the 2017 Midlothian Council elections.

Labour unveil Dalkeith election candidates

Labour has announced its two candidates to stand in the Dalkeith ward at next year’s council elections.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with Peter Davidson and Morris Heggies to choose the design of the Christmas Card 2016

Oor Wullie to feature on First Minister’s Christmas card

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen “national treasure” Oor Wullie as the illustration for her official Christmas card this year.

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Actress Louise Linton  at Melville Castle, where she grew up.

Midlothian actress set for the White House

The fiance of Midlothian-born Hollywood actress Louise Linton has landed a job in US President-elect Donald Trump’s team.

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Shawfair.

Deal agreed in latest Shawfair building phase

A deal to build hundreds of much-needed new homes in Midlothian has been agreed in a major boost for the county’s newest area.

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Finance minister Derek Mckay said the new legislation will "design an approach to taxation which will suit Scotlands needs".

New tax-raising powers for Parliament

Legislation which will give the Scottish Parliament further powers over income tax will be laid today (Wednesday).

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Tackling gender stereotyping

Tackling gender stereotyping

Transforming gender stereotypes is key to tackling violence against women and girls, according to a report published today.

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Who's your winner at Midlothian Council?

Who is the best Midlothian Council employee?

Nominations are now open for Midlothian Council’s Great Place to Grow Awards.

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Toblerone

Brexit? It’s not over by a long choc!

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie has hit back at critics of his Toblerone motion at Holyrood, claiming it highlights the reality of Brexit.

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Midlothian MP Owen Thompson (SNP)

Meeting called to discuss Glencorse

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson (SNP) is inviting his Midlothian constituents to meet with him to discuss their thoughts and concerns on the proposed closure of Glencorse Barracks in 2032.

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Sir David Hamilton, Former MP for Midlothian and former jailed miner.

‘We need an inquiry into strike clashes’

Midlothian Council has called on the Scottish Government to investigate the miners’ strike, which saw clashes between pickets and police in Midlothian.

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Midlothian police on patrol.

CAT teams’ cuts nearly reversed

A Labour motion to reverse the decision to scrap the police community action teams (CAT) was narrowly defeated last week by Provost Joe Wallace’s casting vote.

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Midlothian House.

Council to write to Holyrood about tax

Midlothian Council will write to the Scottish Government condemning plans to remove £1.2 million of council tax raised here.

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