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NHS Lothian paid out almost £33m for medical mistakes

NHS Lothian has emerged as one of the top three health boards in Scotland for medical negligence pay outs.

Health
St Andrew Square and The Mound precinct will be transformed into zen-like portals of tranquillity

Helen Martin: I’m raging over Edinburgh’s chill-out zone

City of Edinburgh Council is spending £80,000 on Edinburgh Lumen – zen-like, free chill-out zones which will run for five hours each evening for several weeks.

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Labour group leader Cammy Day

John McLellan: Me? Influential? Cammy Day’s having a laugh

My council colleague Cammy Day somewhat exaggerated my influence when he wrote in this week’s Evening News that I had persuaded the Conservative group to support a tourist tax.

Opinion
Cameron House on Prestonfield Avenue.. Picture; Steven Scott Taylor

Cost of council community centre ran £1 million over initial budget

A BOTCHED original estimate of costs led to a controversial council-funded community centre over-running by £1 million, it has emerged.

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Those with least should benefit most from schemes like concessionary travel. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Susan Dalgety: I may be 60 but I won’t be getting my free bus pass

I am in a bit of a quandary. The time has come when I am finally eligible for a free bus pass. Thanks to the generosity of the Scottish taxpayer, I could, if I wished, travel across our glorious city every day, for nothing.

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Lord Provost Frank Ross has made the One City Trust one of his priorities. Picture: Ian Rutherford

John McLellan: Edinburgh remains a sharply divided city

This year is the 15th anniversary of the One City Trust, the Edinburgh-wide charity created as a result of the then Lord Provost Eric Milligan’s Commission on Social Exclusion.

Opinion
Levying a small tax on thousands of tourists would  bring millions of pounds to the city. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Donald Anderson: How a tourist tax would help Edinburgh stay great

I’m always fascinated at how great things start. I remember trying to tell a journalist that I hadn’t personally brought the MTV Awards to Edinburgh and being accused of false modesty.

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Councillor Chas Booth

John McLellan: Spirit of Eric and Ernie visits Edinburgh council chamber

It was the last council meeting of the year and Green Councillor Chas Booth was in a generous mood.

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A different way of working is needed to tackle rough sleeping. Picture: John Devlin

Iain Whyte: We need to do better for Edinburgh’s homeless

Rough sleepers should be given a home immediately and support to help them stay there, writes council Conservative group leader Iain Whyte.

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Margaret Black with her niece Janice Warden. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Care resident’s niece: ‘Where is my aunt going to go?’

UP to 70 more care home places are needed for the Capital’s elderly, a health chief has told Holyrood.

News
Andy Gray, Grant Stott and Allan Stewart in this years Kings Theatre panto, Cinderella. Picture: Douglas Robertson

Colin Montgomery:

Panto season. It’s a right old laugh eh? Oh no it isn’t! That joke was brought to you by the year 1956 – I haul it out of the loft and dust it off every Christmas, much to the chagrin of many a reader, no doubt.

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Children take part in a "School's Out For Summer" event organised by Edinburgh Leisure (Picture: Steven Scott Taylor)

Steve Cardownie: How you can influence Edinburgh’s future

Edinburgh City Council’s budget engagement process closes on 19 December so there are still a few days left for those who want to submit their views on the proposals which the Capital’s coalition have put forward and which have been extensively reported on by this newspaper.

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Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Tommy Sheppard: Edinburgh needs to get a grip on its Airbnb craze

Ever rented out a room in your flat? I have. Many people in Edinburgh have too. The city sees a massive influx during August and without residents offering up spare rooms – or indeed their whole home – there’d simply be nowhere for the festival to live.

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Opposition is growing over a �25 annual charge for collecting garden waste in Edinburgh.

Steve Cardownie: Doesn’t take Nostradamus to predict garden waste charge uproar

It seems that councillors’ postbags are starting to fill up with opposition to the proposed £25 annual charge for the collection of garden waste, which is expected to raise £1.3 million in revenue.

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Vulnerable city residents are stuck in hospital because a home care package cannot be provided for them

Robert Aldridge: SNP cuts are coming – so make your voice heard

As Christmas approaches, so does the Edinburgh council budget with the prospect of yet more SNP cuts to important services.

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A smile and some reassuring words can mean a lot (Picture: Getty)

Susan Morrison: A Brexit heartache that won’t be cured by £350m a week

Clever doctors say that married people are less likely to develop dementia. It’s because of the companionship and the conversation, which leads to mental stimulation.

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Parents and children protest outside Currie Community High School (Picture: Ian Georgeson)

Steve Cardownie: Edinburgh’s school closure plans will unite opponents

The proposed school rationalisation across the west and south west of Edinburgh by the SNP/Labour coalition will attract a great deal of determined opposition by local groups comprising of parents. pupils, community groups and local politicians to name but a few.

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A homeless person on Edinburgh's Royal Mile (Picture: Lisa Ferguson)

Steve Cardownie: The homeless aren’t ‘what you step over after opera’

The Conservative MP, Sir George Young, once described homeless people as “what you step over when you come out of the opera”.

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Representatives from many faiths and religions, the city council and Police Scotland took part in the interfaith event

Cammy Day: Breaking down religious barriers vital for society

Last week, I co-chaired the Edinburgh Interfaith Association annual conference, aptly held in the Mandela Room of the City Chambers.

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Neil Renilson, photographed with a model tram in 2008, was a sceptic throughout. Picture: Julie Bull

John McLellan: Edinburgh’s tram scandal could happen again

With officials described as “lying, conniving and arrogant”, the Edinburgh tram inquiry is getting to the heart of what made the project a civic embarrassment; an ever-changing cast of people spectacularly ill-equipped to run a multi-million-pound engineering project and who came to loathe being in the same room.

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