Scottish Borders Council faced with £30m black hole

Scottish Borders Council is facing a £30m black hole in its finances over the next 5 years.

The figures have been revealed as the local authority launches a new public consultation ahead of its next budget, which will be set in February 2020.

Crime figures up 7 per cent in Borders

Rachael Hamilton has expressed her concern at the increase in recorded crimes in the Scottish Borders area in the past year.

Across the Borders, there were 3,704 crimes committed in 2018-19, an increase of 7 per cent compared to the previous year 2017-18.