Government confirms commitment to food standards

During a debate in the House of Commons led by Borders MP John Lamont, the UK Government yet again confirmed its commitment to upholding food, animal welfare and environmental standards in any future trade deals.

Armed Forces Day 2020

Yesterday marked the beginning of Armed Forces Week culminating with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June.

Due to social distancing restrictions, many of the usual events held across the country, such as parades, have been cancelled.

Action plan needed for Borders high streets

Local politicians are calling on the Scottish Government to set out a plan to rescue high streets in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

They are backing Scottish Conservative calls for a Town Centre Coronavirus Plan to help stop shop closures across Scotland.

Freeman admits testing not enough in Borders’ care homes

The Scottish Health Secretary has admitted that testing so far for care home staff in the Borders ‘is not sufficient’. The concession came as figures reveal only 22 care home staff were tested last week, according to Public Health Scotland.

Almost 13,000 furloughed in Scottish Borders

New figures released by HMRC show almost 13,000 Borderers are having 80% of their wages paid by the UK Government.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was brought in to save jobs which would have been otherwise lost due to lockdown restrictions.