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Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland,  has issued a hard-hitting statement about The Housing Bill currently being debated at Holyrood. He said:- "Across the developed world Scotland is held in high esteem for its landmark commitment to ensure that every homeless person has the right to a home by the end of 2012. Although that commitment was set...
The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) has just announced that more children are requiring compulsory measures of intervention, with a further rise in the number of children and young people on Supervision. Yet, SCRA’s Annual Report 2009/10, which is published this week, reveals that the overall number of children and young people being referred to...
The Lord Advocate, the Right Honourable Elish Angiolini QC, announced the appointment of the new District Procurator Fiscal for Edinburgh and Haddington this month. Stephen McGowan, who is currently District Procurator Fiscal in Aberdeen and Stonehaven, will now oversee prosecutions in Edinburgh and Haddington Sheriff Courts.  He will also have responsibility for the investigation of sudden, suspicious and unexplained deaths. Announcing...
The search is on to find the successor to a very illustrious Capital trio: Ian Rankin, JK Rowling and Sir Chris Hoy. Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2010 Edinburgh Award. This annual award was established in 2007 to honour an outstanding individual who has made a positive impact on the city and gained national and international recognition for Edinburgh...
A cutting-edge medical scanning centre is opened today at the University of Edinburgh. Opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) invested £3 million in the centre to give researchers a vital window on heart disease. Scientists at the Clinical Research Imaging Centre - which cost £20 million in total - will use the technology to...
Former World Champion Scottish racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart is gearing up to be the special guest speaker at a series of events devoted to raising the awareness of "hidden dyslexia". The City of Edinburgh Council's Libraries service is teaming up with Dyslexia Scotland for the week-long programme of events to mark Dyslexia Awareness Week, from 1-7 November 2010. Sir Jackie,...
If you choose to go to the airport and pick up or drop off a loved one by car, then you are from 29th October 2010 being asked by BAA to pay a £1 fee. You will be pulling into one of 52 dedicated bays on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park, where you will be shielded from...
Beautiful, beautiful chocolate brownies..... And great coffee...... The scraping of chairs on the floor is a bit of an irritation. Has no-one heard of felt pads for chair legs? Pity that the waiter chose this morning to throw the cutlery down the stairs and that someone's child was particularly irritable, but presumably these things don't happen every day!...
Midlothian Council has granted the county an early Christmas present. The Council voted to postpone any increase in charges for council services arising from the increase in VAT until April 2011. The decision grants people an extra three months at the current charges on relevant council services. The decision affects council charges which are VAT inclusive, the most important...
The City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils have both agreed to move ahead in a joint project to secure waste treatment facilities to deal with the food and residual waste they collect in the two authority areas. A report which was approved at recent Full Council meetings of each authority, recommended that the Project moves ahead to the procurement stage....
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