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Care and Repair continues

Many older and disabled residents have breathed a sigh of relief with the news that the Care & Repair Handyperson service will continue.

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Residents may be seeing more traffic wardens on the streets if the enforcement scheme goes ahead.

Parking scheme moves on

North Lanarkshire Council has received approval from the Scottish Government to progress plans for a Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) scheme.

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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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Council leader Jim Logue and minister Keith Brown have become embroiled in a war of words over how best to tackle the threat to HMRC workers in Cumbernauld

Task force needed to look at under threat HMRC jobs

North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim Logue has hit out after receiving no assurances an emergency task force would be set up to protect HMRC workers.

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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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Westerwood Community Council chairman Tom Law (left) and vice-chairman Bill Crosson

Time for residents to come together

Community council to hold first meeting after years of abeyance

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Cumbernauld East councillor Tom Johnston

‘Give us a fair share of cash’

A councillor has complained Cumbernauld is losing out to Kilsyth when it comes to receiving Local Area Partnership (LAP) funding for community projects.

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Bill for supply teachers in Scotland reaches £81m

The bill for supply teachers in Scotland has topped £81 million, sparking calls for the Scottish Government to review its deal on teacher pay.

Education
North Lanarkshire councillors join Scottish Labour leader and Central Scotland list MSP Richard Leonard as they protest at the Scottish Parliament ahead of the draft budget settlement being announced

Draft budget is ‘disastrous’

Members of the Labour administration at North Lanarkshire Council joined trade unions at the Scottish Parliament to protest cuts to the local authority budget.

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Braving the snow and the ice on Friday to demonstrate the safety issues that can be found of the safe walking route from Craigmarloch  to Greenfaulds High

Updated ‘walking to school’ policy is long overdue

North Lanarkshire Council has accepted that its current ‘Walking Routes to School’ criteria is badly outdated.

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Peter Andre supports Christmas Jumper Day, North Lanarkshire councillors are being asked to do likewise. Photo by Jamie Baker.

SNP school transport motions rejected

The SNP Group in North Lanarkshire has accused provost Jean Jones of being more interested in Christmas jumpers than school transport.

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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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Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Unemployed Workers Centre chairman Billy Lees  said he was disgusted by the councils decision

Council axes funding to advice service

North Lanarkshire Council has axed its funding to Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Unemployed Workers’ Centre.

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The report going to the Infrastructure Committee can be found in the MARS section of the councils website

Bin motions fail to find support

An SNP motion calling for a report into the ongoing difficulties in North Lanarkshire with the new bin scheme failed ... because one already exists.

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Alarm sounds over fate
of town’s fire station

Alarm sounds over fate of town’s fire station

An alarm has been sounded over the future of Scotland’s retained fire stations, including the one in Kilsyth.

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David Stocks

SNP quits sounding board after refusing to work with Tories

The SNP Group in North Lanarkshire has confirmed it will not be taking part in the budget sounding board as it wants to avoid doing a deal with the Conservatives.

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Staff are not to blame for bins ‘chaos’

Staff are not to blame for bins ‘chaos’

The SNP Group in North Lanarkshire says councillors cannot shirk responsibility for forcing through changes to bin collections.

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Council refuses to discuss bin issues

Council refuses to discuss bin issues

A request for North Lanarkshire Council to discuss problems with the new bin collection schedule was refused.

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