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SNP accuses Labour of ‘playing politics’

Labour’s claim that a Scottish Government blunder means 7,800 pensioners in Argyll & Bute will miss out on early winter fuel payments has been rubbished by the SNP.

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The GMB Union says the pay offer will widen the gap between the highest and lowest paid council workers.

Scottish council workers urged to reject ‘unfair’ pay offer

Council workers across Scotland are being urged to reject an “unfair and unacceptable” pay offer.

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Argyll and Bute Council's headquarters

Local council tax rise ‘highest in Scotland’

New figures released by the SNP Government show that residents in Argyll and Bute will be the hardest hit in Scotland for council tax rises.

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An increase in recycling

An increase in recycling

Recycling across Argyll and Bute is on the rise since the local council introduced its three-weekly collections, elected members have been told.

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Michael Russell MSP

Budget hailed by local MSP

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell believes the Scottish Government’s budget passed last week will give Scots the best deal in the UK.

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Re-shaping the council is key says leader

Re-shaping the council is key says leader

Safeguarding valued local services as much as possible through a long-term approach is a key element of this year’s council budget, says Argyll and Bute Council leader, Councillor Aileen Morton.

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Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

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The First Minister will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow t mark 100 years of women's suffrage.

Debate to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to celebrate the centenary of women having the right to vote in the UK.

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Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell.

Predicted NHS Highland £32m budget cut labelled ‘ridiculous’

Scottish Government Analysis claiming Tory tax proposals could mean cuts of £32.3 million to NHS Highland, has been branded “ridiculous”.

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Holyrood analysis paints a bleak Brexit for Bute residents

Holyrood analysis paints a bleak Brexit for Bute residents

The SNP government has been told to focus on making a success of Brexit, instead of “willing it to fail and using it to agitate for independence”.

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Driving examiners will strike today and tomorrow.

Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Education Secretary John Swinney

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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The public toilets in Port Bannatyne that are under threat of closure.

Council wants to hear from you ahead of cuts

People are being asked for their views on planning council services in advance of further cuts to council funding over the next three years.

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Councillor Garry Mulvaney, Julia Twomlow, Keith Brown and Council leader Aileen Morton.

Minister impressed by Pavilion

A Scottish cabinet minister visited Rothesay Pavilion this week, to mark the awarding of £1.06m in funds towards the building’s restoration.

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The Electoral Reform Society claims that 1.8 million votes cast in Scotland made no impact on the overall result.

1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

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Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O'Hara, who retained his parliamentary seat for the SNP in last week's general election.

Argyll and Bute MP slams PM for election gamble

Argyll and Bute’s MP Brendan O’Hara, who was re-elected last week, has criticised Theresa May’s ‘cynical’ decision to call an early general election.

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Live Blog: General Election 2017 fallout

Live Blog: General Election 2017 fallout

Our reporters across the country will give you updates and analysis as it happens after the UK was left with a hung parliament following the General Election.

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Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow as the party publishes its manifesto for the snap General Election

ELECTION 2017: Which of these manifesto pledges from parties in Scotland do you agree with?

As we enter the final week of campaigning, all the major Scottish parties have published their manifestos.

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ELECTION 2017 ROUND-UP: Polls predict ‘bluewash’ as Emily Thornberry turns airwaves blue

ELECTION 2017 ROUND-UP: Polls predict ‘bluewash’ as Emily Thornberry turns airwaves blue

The election machines have well and truly kicked into gear, so who’s had a good week, and who’s had a bad week on the campaign trail?

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