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£10 million pounds for organisations to tackle climate change

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 100 organisations across Scotland are to benefit from £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.

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Aberdeenshire Council

Council agrees its budget for year ahead

Aberdeenshire Council has agreed its budget for 2017/18 which will see support for local services worth £546 million.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the NFUS annual general meeting.

Pledge to fight for farming industry

Scotland’s farmers have been assured that the Scottish Government will fight for the best possible deal for the industry at home and in Europe after Brexit.

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Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotlands Place in Europe

MSPs to debate Article 50

The Scottish Parliament will have a vote on Tuesday on the triggering of Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union

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Legal affairs minister Annabelle Ewing.

Review of legal aid system launched

An independent review of the legal aid system has been announced by the Scottish Government.

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Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

ScotRail reward patient passengers with a ‘free week’

More details of a package of discounted travel for Scotland’s rail passengers have been confirmed today.

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The petition that cllr Ford signed

Councillor signs petition opposing Trump state visit

East Garioch councillor Martin Ford has signed a petition to the UK Government opposing an official state visit by Donald Trump during his term as US president.

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Areas of Aberdeenshire were badly hit during Storm Frank last winter.

£2 million to tackle storm damage

More than £2 million will be dedicated to dealing with damage caused across Aberdeenshire by last year’s severe storms.

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Parliament set to debate concerns with pylon scheme

Parliament set to debate concerns with pylon scheme

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has successfully gathered cross party support for a parliamentary debate on the proposed national grid transmission line from Blackhillock to Kintore.

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Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett

MSP urges councillors to listen to traveller site concerns

Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett has urged councillors to listen to the views of the local community who are objecting to plans for a seven-pitch gypsy-traveller site near Kemnay.

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Local Government minister Kevin Stewart.

New law to aid community buyouts

Scottish communities will find it easier to take over land or buildings currently in public ownership due to a new law which came into force today (Monday).

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Councillor Martin Ford

Councillor welcomes cycle route progress

East Garioch councillor Martin Ford has welcomed progress being made towards a cycle route between Inverurie, Kintore, Blackburn and Aberdeen.

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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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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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MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond

Salmond issues flood support reminder

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has issued a reminder to constituents of the flood support programmes from the Association of British Insurers.

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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.

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Rumbles continues stand against pylon project

Rumbles continues stand against pylon project

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has met with representatives of Insch Airfield who are opposed to the preferred route of Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Blackhillock and Kintore pylon project.

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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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Councillor Martin Ford

Ford joins Council HQ Group

Democratic Independent and Green Group councillor Martin Ford is to serve on Aberdeenshire Council’s Office Space Strategy Working Group.

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Cllr Martin Ford says a Council Tax increase is necessary next year.

Council Tax rise 'necessary' says DIGG

Aberdeenshire's Democratic Independent and Green Group (DIGG) councillors – Paul Johnston and Martin Ford – have made clear their belief that Aberdeenshire Council needs to do all it can to protect vital public services.

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