Following a "Priorities for Sutherland" workshop held in Lairg at the start of the month, today (Tuesday 30 August) local councillors had the chance to discuss in more detail the list of strategic priorities drawn up in order to give more of a voice for Sutherland and its people. The list includes a wide range of topics including transport, the coastal environment, economic development, infrastructure, employment, fragile communities, supporting vulnerable children and adults and promoting engagement with communities.
Parents and carers of primary and secondary school children who are eligible to claim for assistance with school clothing for their children are to benefit from an 11% increase in the grant being made available by The Highland Council. Members of the Highland Council's Resources Committee have agreed to increase the amount of school clothing grant per pupil to £90 for all applications received from 1 April 2016 for the 2016/17 academic year.
The Highland Council Waste Team are encouraging people to give quality unwanted items a new home by donating to a good cause. Passing your stuff on to be used by someone else is a great way to help out family and friends or support a local charity.
The Highland Council, schools and Parent Councils in the Dornoch Associated School Group are working together to create new management arrangements that will secure schools in the local communities for the foreseeable future. The aim is to maintain schools in each location but to explore new management arrangements for the three schools by August 2017.
Funding applications totalling £558,000 from the Highland Council's Capital Discretionary Fund have been agreed by Resources Committee, for four local proposals in the Highlands. £18,000 was awarded to Evanton Community Trust towards the urgent repair and reinstatement of three local footpaths.
A business case for the council's proposal for a regional sports hub has been submitted to the council's finance service. Councillors agreed in March 2015 to progress an ambitious Regional Sports Facility for the Highlands, which could include a significant contribution by Sportscotland to the project.
The rural economy across Scotland is now benefiting from almost £310 million worth of subsidy payments that has been made to farmers Fergus Ewing confirmed today. The Rural Economy Secretary said significant progress has been made over the last few weeks, with £90 million worth of final payments having been made since June 23 - giving a total of £112 million paid out since the end of May.
Non-domestic property charges to be transformed. Vacant non-domestic properties are to be brought into the water charging regime, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed.
The Highland Council can confirm that it will sustain the current funding for Additional Support Needs in Primary and Secondary Schools for the new school year - 2016/17. While the Council has taken measures to address a £40m budget gap, it will not require to reduce the funding to schools for children with additional needs.
Residents of Sutherland had the chance to cast their votes on Saturday (21 May 2016) at the Stronger Sutherland participatory budgeting event held in Lairg community centre. Over 50 people took part in deciding which projects should be supported from the £15,000 that was available.
The Sutherland District Health and Social Care Partnership meets on Friday 27th May, 10am, in The Chamber, Highland Council Offices, Drummuie, Golspie. Issues to be discussed include an input from Helen Houston of Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust in relation to Community Empowerment and Localism in Sutherland, as well as a presentation from Stephen Pennington of Highland Home Carers.
The Highland Council is to seek the views of local communities on the future of two Highland educational establishments - Kinbrace Primary School and Black Isle Education Centre. Members of the Councils Education, Children and Adult Services Committee have agreed to undertake separate public consultations on proposals to formally close the schools.
The budget for Road Maintenance for 2016-17 is to be distributed between the eight Local Area Committees to enable greater local decision making in line with the Council's localism agenda. The budget for road maintenance contains four main and distinct activities.
People in the Highlands and Islands will be able to vote for an independent candidate with their second vote in the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections for the first time since 2003. James Stockan, an Independent Orkney Islands Councillor of over 13 years, launched his campaign at the end of March 2016 and is now on a tour around the region covering as much ground as he can before the election.
Highland Council Trading Standards have warned of - rates reduction - firms who are targeting local businesses. The Highland Councils Finance Service raised concerns when they began to receive calls from Highland businesses about receiving unsolicited marketing letters.
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) has welcomed the Bonar Bridge Residents' Group to the project site. The five members of the group were invited to take a tour of the site that will house a new substation at Loch Buidhe - just north of Bonar Bridge - and will link up via an overhead line connection to a further new substation at Lairg.
Sutherland and Edderton Members of The Highland Council have set aside £15k of funding to let the local communities decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area. Whether you want to organise a club for young people, a healthy living project, a crime prevention idea, a lunch club for older residents, a community arts project, the only limit is your imagination.
The - report it - campaign is a new initiative by The Highland Councils Corporate Fraud Team which is asking residents to help them tackle fraud. The Fraud Team, which is situated in the Finance Service, was established in August 2015 to detect, investigate and prevent all frauds against the Council, including housing tenancy fraud (the use of Council housing by someone not entitled to occupy that home).
The 2016 tourism season has started, and the Flows to the Future project would like to offer tourism businesses the opportunity to discover more about the project and how we hope to engage with visitors over the coming season. Therefore, if you are running a tourism business in Caithness and Sutherland, we would like to invite you to our familiarisation event about the Flow Country peatlands.
New waste and recycling collection calendars for 2016-2018 are now available on The Highland Councils website and at Service Points. The calendars can be downloaded and printed out from www.highland.gov.uk/bindays Type in your street address and the appropriate calendar will appear.