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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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The new interactive map makes it easy to have your say.

Pinpoint priorities to help plan future

People in South Ayrshire are being urged to pinpoint priority areas in their local communities to help shape planning for the coming decade.

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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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Have your say on council plans for next decade

Have your say on council plans for next decade

People across South Ayrshire are being given the chance to help shape the way their communities will change in the coming decade.

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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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Do you have an idea which could improve North Carrick?

£80,000 funding for north Carrick groups

£80,000 PAR North Carrick Initiative Expression of Interest Open until 20th January 2017.

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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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Council’s £200k for airshow

Council’s £200k for airshow

South Ayrshire Council has confirmed £200,000 funding package – as well as in-kind support worth tens of thousands of pounds – for the Scottish International Airshow 2017.

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Girvan's new Quay Zone

Quay Zone jobs on the way

An interim manager has been appointed for Girvan’s new Quay Zone with more job opportunities in the centre on the way.

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Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

Council tax bills set to rise in highest bands

Around £2.5 million is expected to be raised by local residents in South Ayrshire next year as a result of changes to Council Tax bills for properties in Bands E to H.

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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.

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Gala day funding rethink

Gala day funding rethink

Community volunteers from around Carrick presented a petition to halt plans to cut funding for gala day celebrations.

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The old nursery site at Coalpots Road has been used as a temporary travellers’ site since February this year.

Council commit to Coalpots Road for new travellers’ site

South Ayrshire Council has committed to investing in a replacement travellers site in Girvan following severe storm damage to the original site at Houdston late last year.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with Peter Davidson and Morris Heggies to choose the design of the Christmas Card 2016

Oor Wullie to feature on First Minister’s Christmas card

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen “national treasure” Oor Wullie as the illustration for her official Christmas card this year.

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The Quay Zone swimming pool has passed its water test and has been emptied and dried.

Quay Zone to open mid-April 2017

Girvan’s new Quay Zone will be open in mid-April 2017, the annual general meeting of the group tasked to deliver it heard recently.

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Ballantrae Gala Day is one of the south Ayrshire events hit by the council move.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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