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Are savings still required?

North Lanarkshire is waiting with baited breath to learn if proposed council cuts can now be shelved - at least for this year!

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Anger at council committee meeting as SNP emergency motion is denied

Anger at council committee meeting as SNP emergency motion is denied

A row erupted at North Lanarkshire Council’s Infrastructure Committee when the SNP attempted to discuss gritting policy around icy schools.

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Draffen Tower in Motherwell

Tower block consultation

The first stage of consultation is now beginning on the council’s ambitious plans for the demolition of its 48 residential tower blocks over the next 20 years.

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Hugh Gaffney Labour MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill. Pic: John Devlin

Bellshill MP apologises for homophobic speech

Bellshill MP Hugh Gaffney has made an unreserved apology for his comments made at a recent Burns supper.

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The Care and Repair Handyperson service is a lifeline to many elderly and disabled residents.

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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The Care and Repair Handyperson service is a lifeline to many elderly and disabled residents.

Repair service is set to continue in 2018

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

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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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Birkenshaw Sports Barn

Residents urged: ‘Sign up to save Sports Barn’

Birkenshaw Development Project has launched a petition in a bid to save Birkenshaw Sports Barn from closure.

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Airdrie and Shotts MP Neil Gray

Stranded staff were told to use leave, claims MP

Airdrie and Shotts MP Neil Gray accused North Lanarkshire Council of callousness towards its employees during the recent cold snaps.

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Jerviston Community Centre was built in 1965 and played host to a variety of events and organisations over the decades, however now it is used less than 10 hours a week

A cut worth making?

A councillor has questioned if it is worth closing a community centre in Motherwell because the estimated saving would be so small.

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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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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.

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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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Councillors voted against suspending standing orders

Attempt to force vote on school transport fails

An SNP Group motion to suspend standing orders at North Lanarkshire Council to force a vote on school transport was defeated.

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Motherwell's skyline could be changed forever if North Lanarkshire Council moves forward with plans to demolish all of its tower blocks over the next 30 years

Council proposal to demolish all towers

All of Motherwell’s tower blocks could become resigned to history under ambitious plans announced by North Lanarkshire Council.

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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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