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22/6/2020
Remobilisation Of Nhs Dental Services
Urgent care to be made widely available.   Dental practices can resume seeing see NHS patients in need of urgent care from today (22 June 2020).  
22/6/2020
Huge Membership Rise For Unison Scotland Ahead Of New Ad Campaign Launch
A new ad campaign, aimed at increasing the record number of public service workers who've joined UNISON Scotland since the start of the pandemic, is being launched by the union today (Monday).   The 60-second animated advert is being screened on Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and YouTube with the message that no worker should feel alone in these uncertain times.  
20/6/2020
How Tourist Destinations Can Rebuild After CoronavirusThumbnail for article : How Tourist Destinations Can Rebuild After Coronavirus
An article from The Conversation web site 18 June 2020.   Author - Anna Leask - Professor of Tourism Management, Edinburgh Napier University Tourism has virtually stopped thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns.  
19/6/2020
Towns And Bids Resilience And Recovery Fund: Information And Application
The £2 million Towns and BIDs Resilience and Recovery Fund, announced by the Scottish Government on 12th June 2020, is intended to support localised response activities contributing to town centre and high street resilience and recovery.   Overview £1 million of this funding will be allocated directly to towns to address immediate priorities as lockdown restrictions are gradually eased.  
19/6/2020
Deferral Of Vat Payments As A Result Of Covid-19
HMRC contacted employers today with an update on VAT.   As part of the government's support for businesses during COVID-19, HMRC gave businesses the option of deferring their VAT payments if they were unable to pay on time, without incurring late payment interest or penalties.  
19/6/2020
Face Coverings Mandatory On Public Transport From 22 June
New approach put in place as Scotland moves to Phase 2 of recovery.   Face coverings will become mandatory on public transport from Monday 22 June, as part of operators' preparations for progress towards recovery and to reduce the risk of transmission.  
19/6/2020
Gradual Introduction Of Phase 2 - Scottish Government Latest Moves To Reopen
Progress continues but caution urged to suppress COVID-19 Further changes to lockdown restrictions in Scotland have been announced today (Thursday, 18 June 2020) by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.   Those shielding are now able to go outdoors for exercise from today.  
19/6/2020
Update On Covid-19 Business Grants Awarded In Highland
The COVID-19 small business and self-catering grant scheme, set up to help companies stay in business during the coronavirus crisis, has now paid out over £63 million to 5,892 Highland businesses.   Councillor Trish Robertson, Chair of The Highland Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee said: "Our staff that are processing applications are still working very hard and thanks to their efforts and to applicants for providing the correct information when they apply, the percentage of grants processed is currently at 99%.  
19/6/2020
High Life Highland Plans Route Map To Reopening
Following on from the statement today (18 June 2020) by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and a subsequent board meeting High Life Highland has initiated the first tentative steps of its own plans to fit in with the Scottish Government's "Scotland's Route Map through and out of the crisis".   Ian Ross, Chair of the High Life Highland Board informed fellow Directors, "A substantial amount of work has gone on before and during lockdown to protect customers, staff and the wider services provided by the Charity.  
19/6/2020
Scottish Parliament Asked To Back European Union Continuity Bill
New powers and measures to align devolved Scots law with those in the European Union after the end of the Brexit transition period have been published.   The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill will allow or provide for continuity of provision that would otherwise be lost on withdrawal from the EU.  
19/6/2020
Support For Zoos
Further measures have been announced to support Scotland's zoos and aquariums.   First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that from 29 June outdoor areas of zoos and gardens will be able to open to the public, provided appropriate measures are put in place to ensure physical distancing and compliance with phase 2 restrictions.  
18/6/2020
Enhanced Protection For Animals And Wildlife
Increased animal cruelty penalties and new legal protections for service animals to be introduced.   MSPs have supported increased penalties for the worst types of animal cruelty and ‘Finn's law', which gives new legal protections for service animals such as police dogs and horses.  
18/6/2020
Tough Decisions Required At Cairngorm Mountain -High Cost To Repair The Funicular RailwayThumbnail for article : Tough Decisions Required At Cairngorm Mountain -High Cost To Repair The Funicular Railway
The public body responsible for Cairngorm Mountain acted appropriately when selecting a private company to manage the resort, but tough decisions on its future are now required.   Cairngorm Mountain Limited (CML), which operated the mountain's winter sports and leisure activities, went into administration in 2018 following the closure of the funicular railway due to structural problems.  
18/6/2020
Important Information For EmployersThumbnail for article : Important Information For Employers
The Employer Bulletin (June 2020, Issue 84) includes all of the latest Covid-19 updates to help you continue to meet your payroll obligations to HMRC and to claim any relevant grants and rebates during this challenging time.   We've included the latest update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, along with updates on the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and a reminder for reporting Expenses and Benefits for the tax year ending 5 April 2020.  
18/6/2020
Work on Highland Schools projects to resume
Highland Council is pleased to report that preparatory work to resume construction activity on three key school projects has commenced.  This is a significant step towards the completion of new buildings at Alness Academy and Merkinch Primary, and the refurbishment of Inverness High School.  
18/6/2020
Highland Pupils To Receive Free School Meals During Summer Holidays
Following the First Minister's announcement on Tuesday, 16 June 2020, eligible school pupils are to receive free school meals during the summer break to help tackle food poverty.   In Highland, P1-3 pupils entitled to school clothing grants and P4-S6 pupils who are eligible for free school meals have been receiving £15 per pupil, per week, which is paid fortnightly using a voucher system.  
18/6/2020
Economic Output Fell By 2.5% In 2020 Quarter 1
Scotland's GDP fell by 2.5% during the first quarter of 2020, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician which cover the period from January to March.  Over the year, compared to the first quarter of 2019, the economy has contracted by 2.3%.  
18/6/2020
A Clear Simple Message - Scottish Parliaments Covid-19 CommitteeThumbnail for article : A Clear Simple Message - Scottish Parliaments Covid-19 Committee
CHIEF Executive of The Highland Council, Donna Manson was invited to give evidence at the Scottish Parliament's COVID-19 Committee on Wednesday 17 June.   Mrs Manson's advice to the Committee was the importance of a clear and simple national message during the COVID-19 emergency.  
18/6/2020
Employment, Unemployment And Inactivity For Young People (16 To 24 Years): Scotland
New statistics from the Annual Population Survey show that 309,000 young people aged 16 to 24 years were in employment in Scotland in April 2019 to March 2020.  The employment rate for young people was 54.8 per cent, lower than a year ago (58.3 per cent).  
18/6/2020
Virtual energy assessments launched to help Scottish businesses save cash
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to bring their costs down with free, one to one, virtual support available from Zero Waste Scotland.   Through the recently launched Energy Efficiency Business Support Service, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Zero Waste Scotland is offering small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) energy assessments to identify where simple actions could result in significant financial savings.