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Have your say on Highland Council transport services
The Highland Council is seeking public opinion on the future provision of school, public and dial-a-bus transport services across the region.   A series of consultation meetings will be held across the Highlands to discuss with communities their required needs and views on future Council transport services.  
Fairer approach to social security
Respect and dignity at heart of new Scottish system.   Scotland's new social security powers will make it fairer and simpler for people to access benefits, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has said.  
Renewables debate moves to London
Scottish Government to host renewables roundtable & meet UK Energy Secretary.   The Scottish Government will today take its campaign on the future of renewable energy to London as it renewed calls for the UK Government to change course on its cuts in support for renewable energy.  
Cracking the international dairy market
Scottish dairy and eggs exports have rocketed since 2007.   Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment today revealed that the value of Scottish dairy and egg exports increased by 77 per cent between 2007 and 2014.  
Record increase for renewable heat
Amount generated from renewables rises by over a third.   The amount of heat generated by renewable sources in Scotland grew by 36 per cent during 2014.  
A different path from austerity
Scottish Government plan would release ¬£150bn more for public services.   The First Minister has set out an alternative option for a UK wide fiscal mandate that would ensure sustainable UK public finances while releasing additional investment in public services and infrastructure compared to the UK Government's planned cuts.  
Results of Highland Council housing Radon home testing
In 2014 The Highland Council's Community Services commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to test around 1,150 Council houses in Highland at the highest risk from radon gas.  Highland is one of 16 local authorities in Scotland which has areas with a presence of radon exceeding recommended levels.  
Orkney crab bid
Application for Orkney Crab to be given protected status.   An application is being lodged to gain European protection for Orkney crab.  
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Managing Rushes Without Chemicals, Caithness, Friday 6th November, 10-15 - 14.45 (First meeting).   Event kindly supported by Caithness Wetlands and Wildlife Initiative.  
Transport providers invited to find out "How to supply Highland Council"
The Highland Council is inviting transport providers large and small to a series of events being held throughout the Highlands to find out how they can tender to supply transport services for the local authority.   Representatives from the Council's Transport and Procurement Units will be holding the events throughout October 2015 in Thurso (22nd), Ullapool (23rd), Portree (26th), Fort William (27th), Aviemore (29th), Inverness (30th) and on the 2nd November in Lairg and Auchtertyre, Kyle.  
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Brilliant moments in the Highlands, as well as autumnal short breaks and holidays, are all being promoted as part of VisitScotland's latest seasonal campaign.   The national tourism organisation, in partnership with the Highland Council, Cairngorms Business Partnership and Cairngorms National Park Authority, is using a combination of print advertising, digital and social media to target potential visitors from the UK.  
Members support promoting Power of Attorney
Members of The Highland Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee have agreed to support the role of Health and Social Care professionals in making people in the Highlands aware of the importance of making arrangements for Power of Attorney when they are still capable.   The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 provides a legal framework for safeguarding the welfare and managing the finances of adults who lack capacity due to mental disorder or inability to communicate.  
Dialogue in support of Highland Head Teachers
The Highland Council is to hold further dialogue with Head Teachers and stakeholders on proposals to enhance support for Head Teachers and create sustained management support in Highland schools.   The Council's programme, Highland First, includes a commitment to work collaboratively with Head Teachers to provide them with the best opportunity to maintain standards, reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and to drive further improvement.  
Community Council Nominations
Following the recent call for candidates wishing to serve on Highland Community Councils to come forward a total of 109 Councils attracted sufficient interest to form a new Council.   The new Community Councils will form following Election Day on 18 November.  
Breakthrough Achievement in supporting the recruitment of retained firefighters
Community Planning Partners (CPP) in Highland have agreed unanimously to support the recruitment of retained firefighters.   Chair of the CPP Board and Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Margaret Davidson said: "Resilient communities are dependent on having trained fire fighters available and accessible.  
Council Committee to discuss community transport grants
Details of a process for a call for community transport grants applications will be considered by The Highland Council's Community Services Committee at their meeting on 5th November 2015.   Twenty-two third sector organisations are currently grant funded through transport services and have been advised that their grants expire on 31st March 2016.  
Views sought on ­­Highland Planning Policies through new consultation portal
Consultations commence on a review of the Highland-Wide Local Development Plan, Onshore Wind Energy Guidance and the Local Housing Strategy.   The Highland Council has today launched three online consultations on planning and housing issues across the area, including a review of its main planning policy document the Highland-wide Local Development Plan.  
UKLPG supports safety drive for gas appliances in Scotland
LP Gas users in Scotland are being urged to stay safe this winter by ensuring their appliances have been checked and serviced to prevent gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.   UKLPG, the trade association for the liquefied petroleum gas (LP Gas) industry, has issued the warning as part of Gas Safety Week (14-21 September), the annual awareness event co-ordinated by the Gas Safe Register.  
Chair reflects after final Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee
At a meeting of The Highland Council on 3 September 2015 it was agreed to replace the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee with two new Local Forums so the meeting of the Committee, held in Golspie on 16th september 2015, was the final one.   East Sutherland and Edderton Councillor Deirdre Mackay has chaired the Area Committee since its first meeting in Golspie on 20 August 2012 and took the opportunity today to thank members, officers and partners for their contributions and to look ahead to new arrangements for local decision-making, local scrutiny and engaging with partners and communities.  
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At a meeting held on 16th September 2015 of the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee, councillors approved funding to a project to improve disabled access to St Andrew's Church of Scotland in Golspie.   The church, built between 1737 and 1739 to replace a succession of churches which have stood on the site since the thirteenth century, is a well- used local place of worship, considered by many to be the finest small Post Reformation country church in Scotland.