Elderly in care homes given less to spend than criminals

Care home residents are having to survive on just £3.19 a day

By Cara Sulieman

OAPS living in care homes are given less money to spend than prisoners.

Residents who get their essential living costs covered by the state are left with just £3.19 a day for personal items compared to the £3.86 a day inmates receive.

The shocking revelation has been branded “ludicrous” by politicians who are calling for the personal allowance to be increased.

Care home residents with less than £14,000 qualify to have their fees paid by the council but any income they receive has to be handed over to fund their care.

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Cash strapped council splurge on luxury hotel for staff

By Cara Sulieman

A SCOTS council facing hundreds of job losses over a £1 BILLION black hole in its budget is paying for a dozen staff to stay at the five-star Old Course Hotel in St Andrew’s.

Critics lashed out over news of spend on a dozen rooms which normally start at £165 a night, so staff can attend a back-slapping awards bash thrown by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Ironically for a council facing axing its own frontline staff to balance the books, the gongs they are shortlisted for include one for the council’s Job Education and Training programme.

Edinburgh City Council admitted they will spend around £2,000 on the jolly but insist they are getting the rooms at a “reduced rate”.

But the expense has been branded “unbelievable” by some as voluntary and community groups across the city face having their grants slashed by the cash-strapped council.

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Sheriff says 90 year-old Lady Risk is no risk to drivers

By Michael MacLeod

THE 90 year-old wife of the former Governor of the Bank of Scotland has been given the all clear to continue driving after smashing her car into a cyclist.

Lady Suzanne Risk sent Robert Benn, 40, flying off his bike after she failed to see him at a junction in Edinburgh.

The victim, who had been wearing high-visibility clothing, was taken to hospital and treated for internal bleeding.

Lady Risk appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Wednesday) with her 88 year-old husband, Sir Thomas, who retired as the head of BOS in 1991.

Admitting driving without due care or attention, she accepted she was at fault for the crash but set out a 20-minute plea to the court asking to be allowed to carry on driving, despite confessing to her “frailty”.
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Suffering dog found at roadside

The sick dog at the vets before it was sadly put down

By Cara Sulieman

ANIMAL welfare chiefs were last night investigating why a suffering dog was left wandering a Scots street to die.

The animal was rushed to vet surgeons for emergency after being found on a roadside in West Lothian.

But the dog was in such a bad state she couldn’t be saved despite receiving urgent treatment for dehydration and vomiting and diarrhoea.

Her coat was particularly badly affected, with her rear covered in matted faeces.

The Scottish SPCA were called in after a passer by found the animal next to the road in Strathlogie, Westfield.

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Scotland’s oldest book goes on display


An extract from the book

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTLAND’S oldest surviving book is set to go on display tomorrow (Friday) for the first time in over forty years.

The pocket-sized medieval book of Psalms is often described as Scotland’s Book of Kells due to the vivid and detailed coloured illuminations that cover the pages.

Dating back to the 11th Century and thought to have been made at the monastery on Iona, it is part of a display at the University of Edinburgh celebrating their extensive collection.

Experts believe the book could have been commissioned for St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland.

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Rise in Scottish drug deaths blamed on Trainspotting generation

By Cara Sulieman

A MASSIVE hike in the number of drugs related deaths across Scotland is being blamed on the nation’s Trainspotting generation – addicts who began shooting up in the 80’s.

Shock new figures showed a rise of people in their late 30s to early 40s – mostly men – dying from the effects of years of drug use and a lack of support services for their age group.

In all drug deaths rose 26 per cent to 576.

As with previous years, the vast majority of drug users dying are men – an overwhelming 80 per cent.

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Pensioner is suing her council after losing her front teeth

Marion's missing teeth

Marion's missing teeth

By Cara Sulieman

A PENSIONER is suing her council after losing her front teeth in two separate falls on the same stretch of pavement.

Marion McKeller, 82, faces an eye-watering £1,000 dentist bill after losing five teeth when she fell on wobbly paving slabs on Easter Dalry Road in Edinburgh.

Now she wants the council to repair the cracks on both sides of the road so others don’t fall victim.

She said: “The state of the pavement is just shocking. It is uneven and there are dips in it up to two inches deep. Even when you are being careful it is incredibly easy to fall down.

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