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Consultation into Scottish Borders launched

The Scottish Affairs Committee launches a consultation on the Borderlands of Scotland in ‘Our Borderlands – Our Future’ (HC 556).

The Committee says that the region, covered by Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders Councils has been overlooked by governments in the past.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed in Local Government in the Scottish Borders, or if you live or work in the area, then this will be of interest to you.

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The UK should trust President Rouhani of Iran

President Rouhani of Iran should be trusted as being genuinely committed to a sustainable deal with the UN Security Council and Germany, says the report ‘UK Policy Towards Iran (HC 547)’.

The report, by the Foreign Affairs Committee, concludes that the President’ is a pragmatist who hopes to get sanctions lifted and should be judged by his actions rather than his words.

How does it affect me?

If you work in the energy sector, if you are concerned about Iran’s capacity to develop nuclear energy or if you are interested in the UK’s relationship with Iran, then this will be of interest to you.

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Royal Mail privatisation could have achieved more for the taxpayer

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report ‘Royal Mail Privatisation’ (HC 539) finds that privatisation of Royal Mail failed to achieve value for money for the taxpayer.

Around £1 billion was lost in the undervaluing of the service, which came as the result of a fear of failure of the sale and poor advice from advisers.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed by the Royal Mail, if you purchased shares, or if you are concerned about the value of the sale of publicly owned organisations, this will be of interest to you.

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