Petition to halt gala day costs

Community groups in Girvan and south Carrick have submitted a petition against a recent council decision to charge them for gala day services.

Finance minister Derek Mckay said the new legislation will "design an approach to taxation which will suit Scotlands needs".

New tax-raising powers for Parliament

Legislation which will give the Scottish Parliament further powers over income tax will be laid today (Wednesday).

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Ayr to host meeting on UK seats change

Ayr to host meeting on UK seats change

Ayr is to host a public meeting on proposals to reduce the number of UK parliamentary seats in Scotland.

Corri Wilson MP with the consultation document

MP urges constituents to join in rejection of tax credit changes

Corri Wilson, local MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, has called on her constituents to help reject plans from the Tory Government to restrict tax credits to two children and introduce a ‘medieval’ rape clause for vulnerable women who have been raped.

Some members of the creative group show Ms Watt their work.

Minister visits new mental health centre

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, paid a special visit to Ayrshire’s newest mental health facility, Woodland View, on Tuesday 1 November.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused the UK Government of sending out a "not welcome here" message.

First Minister calls for Trump to be “president for everyone”

Nicola Sturgeon has said that ties between Scotland and the United States of America “will always endure” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the country’s next president.

Hillcrest care home in Girvan

No final decision made on local care homes

Public engagement sessions on the provision of residential care for older people have been well attended at South Ayrshire’s two local authority run care homes.

New SNP role for Carrick MP

New SNP role for Carrick MP

The SNP Westminster Group has announced Corri Wilson, local MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, as their new spokesperson for Disabilities.

Ayrshire could lose out on EU funding

Ayrshire could lose out on EU funding

Local politicians have raised concerns over the cost of Brexit on South and East Ayrshire council areas, as the potential costs to the UK’s economy from leaving Europe continue to pile up.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidon arrives at the  Edinburgh count with partner Jen Wilson.
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Holyrood 2016: SNP fall short of overall majority

THE SNP has fallen narrowly short of a majority victory in the Holyrood election - despite a commanding win which will see Nicola Sturgeon returned as first Minister.

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Holyrood 2016 live blog: results and analysis

Our reporters are working throughout the night and tomorrow to bring you the results from every seat and list area alongside analysis of what they mean for the wider Scottish political landscape.

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SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the figures. Picture Neil Hanna

Crime levels drop by a third in South Ayrshire in last decade

A recent report by the Scottish Government shows that crime levels across South Ayrshire have dropped by 31 per cent in the last ten years.


Referendum Day: Parliament has been focal point for many

Landmarks across the country have been adorned with campaign paraphanalia and the Scottish Parliament has been a gathering point for many.

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Referendum Day: We’re into the last hour of voting

It’s a day which has been long in the waiting for both supporters and opponents of Scottish independence and now it’s nearly over.


Referendum Day: Long queues outside some polling stations

Voters at Scotland’s polling stations reported that some ballot boxes were already full when they arrived, while others spoke of long queues.

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Referendum Day: Scots voting in their droves

Scots have turned out to vote in their droves as the nation decides whether or not it will end its 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom.

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Voting has started in the referendum

Referendum day: Poll open for historic vote

The polls have opened on a historic day for Scotland as voters determine whether the country should remain part of the United Kingdom.

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Chief Counting Officer Mary Pitcaithly will make the official announcement of the result in the Scottish Independence Referendum

Referendum countdown: Mary’s sure it’ll be alright on the night

The votes have been cast, the counting is over and Mary Pitcaithly has made the momentous announcement on Scotland’s future.

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Campaigners are making a final push for votes

Referendum countdown: Last-gasp rallying call to voters

Leading figures from both sides of the independence debate have made a rallying call to voters as the final day of campaigning takes place.

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Referendum countdown: Spanish Ayes from Catalonia

English teacher Marta Vallbona is gathering up pro-independence leaflets and checking off names on a list.

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