Changes to benefits top of the agenda

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MEMBERS of the public are invited to a meeting of Teviot and Liddesdale Area on Tuesday night to hear a presentation on proposed controversial changes to welfare benefits.

Jenni Craig, Scottish Borders Council’s head of customer services, will outline plans for welfare reform – with every recipient from carers allowances to child benefits due to lose money – which it is estimated will remove between £8-£12 million from the Borders economy.

But also high on the agenda is a presentation from Hawick Welcome Initiative on plans to allow campervans to stop overnight in the Common Haugh during the tourist season, in a bid to attract more visitors. Councillor and committee chairman Jock Houston commented: “Since the Common Haugh belongs to the Common Good, the six Hawick councillors will have to decide if they back the idea, and apply for planning permission for facilities including power points, mains water and dumping. There are lots of practical issues to be settled.”

The meeting, which will also include a police report and public forum, starts at 6.30pm in the Lesser Town Hall.