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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Former Denny councillor, John Connolly

Tributes for Labour veteran

Tributes have been paid to Labour stalwart John Connolly who died last week.

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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Tackling gender stereotyping

Tackling gender stereotyping

Transforming gender stereotypes is key to tackling violence against women and girls, according to a report published today.

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Council concern over balancing the books

Council concern over balancing the books

Councillors face a crunch meeting next month to try and agree a way to slash spending by millions of pounds in 2017.

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Council leader Craig Martin, right, with Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael and John Swinney MSP discussing future of Ineos

Council leader among five Labour councillors not seeking re-election

The leader of Falkirk Council has announced he is to stand down to devote more time to his family and his employers.

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Councillor Craig Martin

Council leader to stand down

The leader of Falkirk Council has announced he is to stand down next year.

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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.

American intern Emily Porter with her vote at the Post Office in Cow Wynd

Falkirk plays its role in historic US election

Falkirk played an unexpected part in the historic US election which saw billionaire businessman Donald Trump elected to the White House today.

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Stirling set to stake a claim for Skinflats

Stirling set to stake a claim for Skinflats

Proposals in the UK Parliament Constituencies Review for 2018 are looking to place the village of Skinflats in a new Stirling South constituency.

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Picture: Michael Gillen

Bold £35 million bid to bring new homes to the Falkirk area

The local authority is trying to secure £35 million of funding so it can make 800 affordable homes available to rent over the next five years.

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Council making slow progress bringing in key improvements

Over a year after being warned a ‘team’ effort is needed to deliver value for money services, spending watchdogs have told Falkirk Council it still has work to do.

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The Franks Law initiative is named in memory of the late footballer Frank Kopel

Call for free care for under 65s who need it is backed by council

Councillors agreed to back a campaign to have free personal care extended to under 65s – but only after an angry exchange between the two main parties.

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Parking has been a major problem since police wardens stopped roaming the streets

Council relying on fines to curb town centre parking chaos

It was a shocking statement which highlighted the tough financial times we find ourselves in.

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MSP: Eco pledge needed for post-Brexit

MSP: Eco pledge needed for post-Brexit

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald is calling on the UK government to match the Scottish Government’s pledge to maintain environmental protection after Brexit.

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The number of councillors serving Fakirk Council will be cut from 32 to 30

Boundary change cuts out two councillors

Two councillor roles will be cut from Falkirk Council areas following recommendations from the Scottish Boundary Commission.

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The X86 was one of the services recently cut by First. Picture: Michael Gillen

‘Put people before profits’ on the buses

The Scottish Government has revealed it subsidises bus services that have been cut by private firms by £60 million a year – all taxpayers’ money.

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Bainsford and Langlees has once again been named as one of Scotland's most deprived areas. Picture: Michael Gillen

Education is the key to bringing communities out of poverty

The Bainsford and Langlees area has once again been recognised as one of Scotland’s most deprived areas according to the latest figures.

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Hallglen resident Thomas Smith and Councillor Colin Chalmers at one of the over grown sites. Picture: Michael Gillen

‘Hallglen is being left to rot’ says councillor

Take a walk around Hallglen and you would think you had stepped back in time to the 1980s before the days of regeneration projects.

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Falkirk's bus service is once again in the spotlight

Changes to bus services are the ‘biggest shake-up’ for years

Falkirk’s bus service is back in the spotlight this week after cuts brought anger to users across the district.

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