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3/7/2016
More than 17,700 farms have now received a subsidy paymentThumbnail for article : More than 17,700 farms have now received a subsidy payment
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.  
3/7/2016
Vacant non-domestic properties will have water charges applied from 1s April 2017
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.  
23/6/2016
Independent Highland Council Administration Increases Support For Additional Needs Pupils
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.  
6/6/2016
Sutherland residents cast their vote and community projects receive fundingThumbnail for article : Sutherland residents cast their vote and community projects receive funding
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.  
20/5/2016
Sutherland issues under spotlight next week - 27th May 2016
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.  
Proposed closures of Kinbrace Primary School and Black Isle Education CentreThumbnail for article : Proposed closures of Kinbrace Primary School and Black Isle Education Centre
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.  
28/4/2016
Road Maintenance budgets to be devolved to Local Area Committees
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.  
14/4/2016
James Stockan Independent Challenges The Big Parties For MSPThumbnail for article : James Stockan Independent Challenges The Big Parties For MSP
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.  
11/4/2016
Highland Council Trading Standards - Non-domestic rates reduction scams warning
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.  
6/4/2016
SHE Transmission shares views with Bonar Bridge residentsThumbnail for article : SHE Transmission shares views with Bonar Bridge residents
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.  
4/4/2016
Stronger Sutherland - Money For Local Groups
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.  
4/4/2016
Join your Councils fight against fraud. Report it!
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).  
2/4/2016
The Flow Country Peatlands - Tourism Familiarisation EventThumbnail for article : The Flow Country Peatlands - Tourism Familiarisation Event
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.  
29/3/2016
New bin collection calendars now available on Highland Council website!Thumbnail for article : New bin collection calendars now available on Highland Council website!
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.  
29/3/2016
Highland Council celebrates double football success in HighlandsThumbnail for article : Highland Council celebrates double football success in Highlands
The Highland Council celebrated the historic event of holding two national football cup trophies in the Highlands with a photograph at Highland Council HQ marking the occasion.   Provost of Inverness Helen Carmichael (Independent) and Councillor Margaret Paterson (Independent) from Dingwall and Seaforth Ward greeted Club Representatives and examined the silverware.  
Farr Kids Clean UpThumbnail for article : Farr Kids Clean Up
Learning to become responsible citizens and helping to care for our local community is the theme for a series of events being undertaken by the children of Farr Primary School in Bettyhill, North Sutherland.   As a launch activity and also part of their Eco-schools focus, the P1-3 class with teacher Mrs Campbell and P4, 5 and 6 class with Mr Wylie undertook a village litter pick on Wednesday 23rd March 2016.  
Proposed closure of Achfary Primary School
The Highland Council is to seek the views of local communities on the future of Achfary Primary School which has been mothballed since the summer of 2012.   Members of the Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee have agreed to undertake a public consultation on a proposal to formally close the school.  
25/3/2016
Ranger Walks In Sutherland - 2016
Wednesday March 30, 2016 10.30am - 1.30pm Castle Bharraich Hill Walk, Tongue Guided walk to this enigmatic castle ruin and beyond over the hill.  Meet at Tongue village car park near the bank.  
25/3/2016
Land Fund Committee Members Announced
Land Reform Minister Dr Aileen McLeod today announced the appointment of seven members to the new Scottish Land Fund (SLF) committee.   The committee will be chaired by John Watt and is made up of Calum Macleod, Lisa Tennant, David Green, Duncan MacPherson, Anne Lear and Janet Miles.  
19/3/2016
Where will the spirit take you?Thumbnail for article : Where will the spirit take you?
From Wigtown to Wick, Dundee to Dornoch, or Stranraer to Stornoway, visitors can now embark on a round-trip of Scotland with just one ticket.   The Spirit of Scotland Travelpass, launched by VisitScotland in partnership with ScotRail and CalMac will allow people to travel the length and breadth of the country by land, sea and track for one fixed price.