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Public grill Salmond during Cabinet visit

Cabinet Secretary for Finance John Swinney visits Galashiels based ERIB� knitwear. Rosemary Erib� managing director in photo.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance John Swinney visits Galashiels based ERIB� knitwear. Rosemary Erib� managing director in photo.

First Minister Alex Salmond was in the Borders on Tuesday when the Scottish Cabinet held its third meeting in the region.

It was the 30th Cabinet gathering to be held away from Edinburgh.

Following the meeting, the public had the opportunity to put questions to Mr Salmond and members of his Cabinet at a discussion which focused on the Scottish Government’s vision for the country’s future.

During the day, the First Minister toured a site for affordable housing currently being developed by Eildon Housing Association at Easter Langlee, Galashiels.

He saw a completed property and met a resident before viewing other affordable homes presently under construction.

The South of Scotland Alliance presented Finance Secretary John Swinney with a Rural Regional Economic Development Programme for the area which builds on major investments under way in relation to the Borders Railway and Next Generation Broadband, together with the recent designation of Assisted Area Status.

Councillor Stuart Bell, chair of the South of Scotland Alliance and Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for economic development, said: “We believe that the programme is ambitious in the current institutional and financial context, and consider it is a starting point for new, larger strategic initiatives in future.”

 

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