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.

Brexit minister Mike Russell has raised the possibility of a separate Great Repeal Bill for Scotland

MSP welcomes news of ‘redesign pause’

Argyll and Bute MSP, Michael Russell, has welcomed news of the Integration Joint Board’s decision to pause redesign works affecting facilities in Rothesay and Dunoon for six months.

At a meeting at Kilmory (pictured), the Integration Joint Board agreed to a pause in the redesign works at Thomson Court and Struan Lodge for a period of six months.

Care redesign works paused for six months

The Integration Joint Board has agreed to pause redesign work at Rothesay's Thomson Court and Dunoon's Struan Lodge for a period of six months.

A sample of ACHA tenants from across Argyll and Bute will be phoned and asked to contribute to the housing association's satisfaction survey.

ACHA seeks tenants' input

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) is pleased to report that a short tenant satisfaction survey will be carried out during November.

The Boundary Commission for Scotland has published proposed changes to constituencies across the country.

Boundary plans are ‘profoundly anti-democratic’

Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara, has criticised proposals from the Boundary Commission for Scotland which would see Scotland’s representation at Westminster reduced from 59 to 53 seats, describing the plans as “profoundly anti-democratic”.

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Brendan O'Hara MP paid tribute to the people of Bute during an emergency debate at Westminster on October 11 for the welcome given to Syrian refugee families who were resettled on the island last year.

MP praises people of Bute

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara has paid tribute to the people of Bute who, with the support of the Scottish Government, the Argyll Community Housing Association and Argyll and Bute Council, have welcomed 15 Syrian families to the island with more scheduled to arrive in the near future.

Thomson Court, Rothesay.

IJB board member says ‘plans should be deferred’

One of the members of the Integrated Joint Board - the body behind the decision to close the day centre at Thomson Court - has said the plans should be deferred in favour of ‘full consultation’.

Bute councillor, Robert Macintyre, has spoken of his anger at being removed as chair of Bute and Cowal Area Committee following his resignation from the council's administration.

Bute councillor's anger over committee ousting

Councillor Robert Macintyre has spoken of his anger at being removed as chairman of Bute and Cowal Area Committee.

Argyll and Bute Council's decision to collect general refuse on a three-weekly basis has been met with anger from Bute residents.

Three-weekly refuse collection 'a disgrace'

Island residents have criticised the new three-weekly refuse collection on Bute which will commence as of October 3.
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The Scottish Goverment has rejected a recommendation which would have seen the number of councillors and wards in Argyll and Bute cut.

'Good news for local democracy' says council leader

The decision by the Scottish Government not to accept a recommendation by the Local Government Boundary Commission to reduce the number of councillors and wards in Argyll and Bute is good news for local democracy says the Council Leader.

Syrian refugee Daoud, whose wife gave birth to a daughter two months ago, said he would be proud to be able to call his daughter both Scottish and Syrian.

‘I’d be proud to call my daughter Scottish and Syrian’

A Syrian refugee living on Bute who welcomed his baby daughter to the world two months ago has said he will never forget the support the island community has given him and his family.

Thirty-one-year-old Mounzer Aldarsami has thanked the island community for welcoming him and his family who were forced to flee their war-town home country of Syria.

Bute refugees speak out

Refugees on the Isle of Bute have spoken to The Buteman of their immense gratitude to the island community since they came to live here.

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Fifteen Syrian refugee families were resettled in Rothesay (pictured) on the Isle of Bute in December, 2015. (Photo credit: John McCaughey)

‘I love the island and its people’

Seven months after fleeing their war-torn home country of Syria, the 15 families who were settled on Bute are reportedly adjusting well to their new way of living, despite recent national media reports to the contrary.

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Argyll and Bute MSP, Michael Russell, has given his backing to NHS Scotland's 'We Need Everybody' campaign.

MSP backs Organ Donor Register campaign

Michael Russell MSP has called on constituents living in Argyll and Bute to join the NHS Organ Donor Register following the launch of a new TV publicity campaign by NHS Scotland.

An eight week consultation seeking views on the interim management arrangements to secure devolved control of the Crown Estate in Scotland continued today.

Consultation for establishing interim body to manage Crown Estate

The programme of work to secure devolved control of the Crown Estate in Scotland continued today, with the launch of an eight week consultation seeking views on the interim management arrangements.

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