MSP hits back at council ‘barriers’ over teacher interviews

Coatbridge and Chryston MSP Fulton MacGregor has hit back at Education convener Frank McNally who claimed North Lanarkshire Council were keen to help him speak with local schools.

Flags flown at half mast outside the Scottish Parliament. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Scrapping EU freedom of movement ‘will damage Scotland’

Scrapping the European Union freedom of movement rule in a hard Brexit will be economically damaging for Scotland, a EU campaign group has warned.

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Councillor Logue, centre, is warning of  a council tax increase.

Leader warns of three per cent council tax rise

North Lanarkshire Council’s leader has warned a three per cent council tax rise is inevitable.

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The First Minister has announced �29 million of funding to help tackle poverty.

£29 million to tackle poverty

Organisations that tackle poverty can now have access to a new £29 million funding pot set up by the Scottish Government.

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James Dornan MSP criticised North Lanarkshire Council for refusing to allow teachers out of class to be interviewed for Scottish Parliament committee

Being interviewed by MSPs is not a good use of teaching time

North Lanarkshire Council has stated it will not take teaching staff away from their classroom duties at the whim of MSPs.

Councillor Bob Burrows

Finance convener warns of Scottish Government council tax changes

North Lanarkshire Council’s finance convener has urged residents to be aware of changes brought in by the Scottish Government to the top levels of council tax.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Press freedom in Scotland “at risk” from UK Government proposals

Proposals to regulate the press in England and Wales would “pose a potential threat to press freedom” in Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

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Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows and Wishaw GP Dr Alex Logan meet Dr Ghaith Rukbi after they fought to allow him to come to Scotland.

Victory as Syrian GP allowed into UK

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows has won a victory over the Home Office after a Syrian GP was denied access to the UK.

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Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Scotland is set to pilot a radical scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI), regardless of whether they work or not.

Motherwell councillor Paul Kelly wants to see a better public transport network in North Lanarkshire.

Council is looking to get on the buses

Councillors are keen to set up a publicly-owned bus network in North Lanarkshire amid fears that people without cars are being cut off.

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First Minister's Christmas party.

First Minister’s Christmas message

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Christmas is about spending time with those we love, and for thinking about friends and family at home and abroad.

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Councillors want quiet in the chamber.

Time for council to cut back - on noise

The threat of more public service cutbacks might be expected to dominate discussion for councillors this week - but it seems some are more concerned about their noisy colleagues.

A ribbon was cut to mark the official opening of the Dementia Garden in Motherwell from left: Mark Smillie, Director of the Environmental Key Fund; Matt Moorcroft from Motherwell who has contributed to the creation of the garden; Graeme Miller from Miller Cycles, Wishaw who organised a team of 23 volunteers who raised around �4,000 by cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh; Councillor James Coyle, Convener of Planning and Transportation; Councillor Thomas Lunny; and Charge Nurse Hazel Boyle.

Planning boss to step down after 25 years

A Holytown councillor is retiring from politics after 25 years of decision-making on the area’s planning issues.

North Lanarkshire Council has scrapped alarm charge for sheltered housing residents.

Residents sheltered from alarm charges

Sheltered housing residents have been given some festive cheer with the news they won’t have to pay for personal alarms after all.

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows

MP attacks child maintenance shambles as arrears top £4.5m in Motherwell and Wishaw

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows, has condemned the UK Government for failing single parent families and their inaction over child maintenance arrears.

Airdrie & Shotts MP Neil Gray. Pic: Anthony Upton.

MP launches Bill to tighten the law on pre-paid funerals

Airdrie and Shotts MP Neil Gray has launched a 10-minute Rule Bill to tighten the law on the selling of pre-paid funerals.

New legislation introduced by the Scottish Parliament will tighen up planning controls for pay day lenders and betting shops on Scotlands high streets.

Tighter controls over high street “blight”

The “blight” of pay day lenders and betting operators on Scotland’s high streets will be tackled with stricter planning controls from now on.

A welcome event was held in August for those arriving in Motherwell and Bellshill from Syria

Council agrees to give a home to more refugees

North Lanarkshire Council has agreed to increase the number of Syrian refugees it will take.

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Save Newarthill Library campaigners at Motherwell Civic Centre yesterday (Thursday)

Newarthill Library saved from closure

North Lanarkshire Council is to keep Newarthill Library open after an extensive campaign by members of the community.

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Could you be North Lanarkshire’s newest millionaire?

Could you be North Lanarkshire’s newest millionaire?

The National Lottery is on the lookout for a Lotto Millionare winner who is from within North Lanarkshire, it has emerged.

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