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Give us your views on free childcare

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Are you a parent or carer of a pre-school child aged two upwards or do you work in a nursery or offer childcare? If so, then we want to hear from you.

Braw Burns supper on the menu

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Lucky Pupils across Midlothian Primary Schools will once again be raising their forks in honour of the Bard on Tuesday (27 January) when they tuck into a Burns supper of haggis, neeps and tatties.

New confidence for business workshops

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Midlothian Business Gateway are launching new confidence workshops for people wanting to start up their own business in the New Year.

Meet the fostering team at Dobbies

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To coincide with the launch of our latest radio campaign, our fostering team will be at Dobbies garden centre in Lasswade on Monday 19 January.

New menus in time for free school meals rules

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With the likes of chicken curry and shepherd’s pie on the new primary school meals menus, it’s no wonder Midlothian Council boasts one of the highest uptakes of school meals in Scotland.

Sports Award winner gives thumbs up to Midnight League

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Who better to get young people along to our local Midnight League football programme than the winner of our Volunteer of the Year trophy in this year’s Sports Awards, Steven Costello?

Schools to work more closely with colleges

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Schools and colleges are to work more closely together to make sure senior pupils in Midlothian have the skills and learning to flourish when they leave school.

Bid to claw back repairs budget

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Repairs and maintenance like refreshing paintwork on public buildings in Midlothian may be done less frequently in a bid to save £250,000.

Intervening early to tackle crime

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Focusing resources on intervening early to tackle the causes of crime could save £250,000 by 2018.

Proposals to increase Telecare

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The council is proposing to increase Telecare charges from £2 to £3 a week. However, before any decision is implemented, the council will consult with service users.

Review of respite care

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A review is underway of residential respite for carers in Midlothian.

Plans for new recycling centre abandoned

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A proposal to open a new recycling centre off Eastfield Farm Road in Penicuik has been abandoned in the wake of concerns raised by local residents and Strathesk Primary School.

Family Get Going to fitness

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When blood tests ruled out any illness as causing young Nic Thompson’s moderate weight gain, the doctor had a surprise prescription for the whole family.

Council to set up family centres

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Support centres will work with families from before their children are born right up until they start school under new plans approved today (Tuesday 16 December) by Midlothian Council.

Centralising the children and families teams

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Midlothian Council’s children and families teams could be centralised in one modernised office to ensure continuity of its service and make best use of resources.

Grants for community groups

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A total of 173 community groups and charities will share grants totalling more than £2.5 million over the next three years.

An end to music tuition fees

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Midlothian Council is to end charging for instrumental music tuition for all pupils the summer of 2016.

Extra money for children and adult care

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Midlothian Council will commit an additional £3 million to make sure local children get the best start in life in 2015/16 and has earmarked an extra £4 million over three years to care for adults.