Arran hotels closed till next year
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Arran hotels closed till next year

Two of Arran’s leading hotels are closing their doors until next year as ever changing guidelines and uncertain times ahead make it impossible for the businesses to trade viably.

Arran households face £20 benefit cut
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Arran households face £20 benefit cut

The UK government will reinstate the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) by April 2021, but  Scottish Government report calculates that the decision will cost households in Scotland up to £476 million.

Eager buyers flood Arran housing market
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Eager buyers flood Arran housing market

Arran is undergoing a period of unprecedented activity in the residential property market, an enthusiasm which shows no current signs of waning, according to an Ayrshire based property expert.

Warning over test waiting times
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Warning over test waiting times

Long waiting times for key diagnostic tests could signal ‘a tidal wave’ of health problems ahead for patients in Ayrshire and Arran, according to South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth.

Sport
Open water swimming is in the twins genes

Last week the Banner featured birthday twins Ann Hart and Heather Raeside who celebrated their 70th birthday last Friday and are still regularly open water swimming – but we were sworn to secrecy ahead of the event.

Leisure
Farming charity calendar

A charity calendar for 2021 has been launched by RHET Ayrshire and Arran Countryside Initiative, with all monies raised to help continue their work educating young people about farming in the region.