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University of the Highlands and Islands opens residences on Inverness CampusThumbnail for article : University of the Highlands and Islands opens residences on Inverness Campus
THE University of the Highlands and Islands has opened new student residences on Inverness Campus.   Students are moving into the £6 million facility this week in time for the start of the new academic year.  
Calum becomes tenth Highland Youth ConvenerThumbnail for article : Calum becomes tenth Highland Youth Convener
Calum Maclennan (18) from Alness took up the role of Highland Youth Convener this week and started the job by saying he was looking forward to spending the next 12 months working with the Highland Youth Parliament, Area Youth Forum and Pupil Councils in secondary schools across the Highlands.   As the tenth Youth Convener, Calum will be based at High Life Highland's Head Offices in Inverness fulfilling the bursary position until August 2017.  
Seafood sector to benefit from £11.4 million
Fishing groups across Scotland are set to benefit from £11.4 million of European funding to help deliver economic growth, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said today.   This funding is part of the first round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund and will support 65 projects across the country, enabling investment of up to £48 million in sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing industries.  
Highland families to benefit from further school clothing grant increase
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.  
Local priorities under the spotlight at Sutherland County Committee
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.  
Too good to throw away!Thumbnail for article : Too good to throw away!
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.  
Business case for Regional Sports Hub submitted
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.  
Exciting developments for Dornoch and Bonar Bridge schools
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.  
Highland Council Agrees Funding For Three Projects
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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).