Thousands of new homes set for Lothian

About 60,000 homes are expected to be built in Lothian as a part of the City Deal Programme. It hopes to transform the City of Edinburgh’s housing situation by providing 25,000 extra homes by 2026, according to official estimates.

Last week’s Autumn Statement revealed the UK Government is committed to securing a multi-billion pound investment in the Lothian region, to respond to the growth in population that has recently affected the area.

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Expectations in the face of tomorrow’s Autumn Statement

by Noemi Distefano

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The Autumn Statement will be announced tomorrow. Photo credit: Robin Gillie

Tomorrow at 12.30 am, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver first Autumn Statement to the Parliament in London.

The Autumn Statement is one of two big economic statements made by the government every year. It is based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) for the economy and public finances.
The first Autumn Statement was held in London in 1982, although people used to refer to it as a Spending Round.
Under the last Labour government, it was called the Pre-Budget Report – George Osborne changed the name back to the Autumn Statement in 2010.

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ScotRail’s Future Off The Tracks

by Stuart Mackenzie and Noemi Distefano

 

Photo credit: Rory Nicolson

Photo credit: Rory Nicolson

 

Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf will make a statement to the Scottish Parliament tomorrow to discuss how to improve the Scottish rail services.

This follows pressure from opposition politicians for him to speak after various proposals to bring ScotRail’s railways into public ownership.

ScotRail, who are currently operated by Abellio, have been experiencing various problems with their services.

Charlotte Twyning of Abellio UK, told to the BBC: “It should be recognised that half of the rail industry is already nationalised in the form of Network Rail and any operator that runs the ScotRail franchise – public or private – does so to a tightly specified Scottish government contract.” [Read more…]

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