MP’s praise for island community

Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara, was full of praise for the island community during his visit to Bute on Friday.

Left to right: Ann Marie Knowles, Executive Director of Community Services, Neil McKnight, Head Teacher at Tarbert Academy; Councillor Rory Colville, Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning; and Anne Paterson, Head of Education.

Council launches education and vision strategy

Argyll and Bute Council has become one of the first local authorities in Scotland to launch an education vision and strategy which meets the requirements of the National Improvement Framework (NIF).

The First Minister has announced �29 million of funding to help tackle poverty.

£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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Bute Community Council will meet on Wednesday, January 18, at 7pm in the church centre of the United Church of Bute in Rothesay.

January meeting of Bute Community Council

The first meeting of 2017 for Bute Community Council takes place on Wednesday, January 18.

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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Stewart Stevenson new picture

MSP secures fishing debate

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has secured a Parliamentary Members’ debate on the Scottish Fishermen Federaton’s ‘A Sea of Opportunity’ campaign.

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.

Jamie Murray MSYP with the 29th and current Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, Judith Guichon

MSYP Jamie looks ahead to an exciting 2017

At the time of writing, it’s nearly Christmas 2016 and nearly 2017, writes MSYP Jamie Murray. What a year it has been!

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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Leisure and library services across Argyll and Bute may soon be delivered by a charitable trust,

Leisure and library plan makes progress

Plans to create a charitable trust to deliver Argyll and Bute Council’s leisure and library services have taken a step forward.

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.

MVs Bute and Argyle, pictured at Rothesay pier.

Give us a lift up!

A Port Bannatyne resident has spoken of his anger over disabled access to the ferry at Rothesay pier, claiming Argyll and Bute Council is failing to live up to its responsibilities.

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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Michael Russell, MSP for Argyll and Bute.

MSP calls for urgent ‘care summit’

Argyll and Bute’s MSP, Michael Russell, has called for an urgent ‘care summit’ to be held following serious problems in two care homes for the elderly in his constituency in the last month.

Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotlands Place in Europe.

Education Governance Review comes to Argyll & Bute

Anyone from Argyll and Bute with an interest in the future of education is invited to a public meeting in Dunoon hosted by Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe.

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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Veterans Scotland has welcomed news of continued support to ex-Services charities.

Funding support for veterans open for applications

A fund that helps a wide range of projects to support veterans is now open for applications.

Michael Gray.

Newspaper columnist to speak at Bute social

A columnist for a national newspaper will be the guest speaker at the Bute branch of the SNP’s social evening this Friday.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused the UK Government of sending out a "not welcome here" message.

First Minister calls for Trump to be “president for everyone”

Nicola Sturgeon has said that ties between Scotland and the United States of America “will always endure” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the country’s next president.

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