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    The average shopworker in Scotland is abused, threatened or assaulted more than once every three weeks. That’s according to figures from trade union Usdaw. Their research found more than 60% have experienced verbal abuse this year – with a third threatened by a customer. Labour MSP Daniel Johnson’s lodged a bill in the Scottish Parliament, […]

    One in four people in the Forth Valley say they don’t feel comfortable talking about their mental health at work. Charity ‘See Me’, which carried out the survey, think employers should do more to help workers feel confident about speaking out. Their research has been released to coincide with World Mental Health Day. They’ve launched […]

    Despite initially being cancelled, the Stirling Scottish Marathon WILL be held next year. Stirling Council have found a new backer for the event, with the race being moved to later in the year. There had been complaints back in April about it taking place on the same day as the London Marathon. The race will […]

    A Forth Valley politician says current local bank services are “insufficient”. Five branches have closed in Falkirk alone since 2014. Across Scotland, nearly 40% of branches have closed – with RBS cutting three-quarters of its network. Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald says the banking sector needs to have a greater presence: “The extent to which […]

    It’s hoped a Clackmannanshire conference today will help tackle the problem of child poverty. It’s the beginning of a week-long series of events, being hosted by the Clackmannanshire Alliance. It’s thought 240,000 children across Scotland are currently living in poverty. Council Leader Ellen Forson, Chair of Clackmannanshire Alliance said: “We all want our children and […]

    Listen to our weekly news highlights, as the First Minister visits the Forth Valley, the Scottish Government says no to fracking & smacking and ambitious plans to develop Falkirk are revealed to the public. Do you have a story you think we should be covering? Drop us an email at news@centralfm.co.uk or call the Central […]

    We’re taking a closer look at NHS Forth Valley’s new initiative, which aims to tackle isolation and loneliness for people in the local area who have recently lost a loved one. NHS Forth Valley Bereavement Service Co-ordinator, Sheena McCorrie says, “Often taking the first step to come to a club like this can appear daunting. […]

    The confidence of smaller companies in Scotland is “evaporating”, according to a new study. The FSB’s Small Business Index slipped by almost 17 points, during the last three months. The overall UK figure has now been in negative territory for five successive quarters for the first time. Andrew McRae, FSB’s Scotland policy chair, said: “Scottish […]

    The First Minister has been visiting a Forth Valley nursery today for updates on a policy to increase the amount of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. Nicola Sturgeon’s travelled to Sauchie Nursery – which is one of the first in the country to offer 1,140 free hours of care. That’s a rise […]

    Sanitary products are to be made available for free in all Stirling Council facilities, as part of an effort to tackle so-called ‘period poverty’. Locations include public libraries, community centres and the PEAK sports village. The supplies will be located in bathrooms. Earlier this year, the local authority announced free sanitary products will be offered […]