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Employment continues to increase
The latest figures show that more people in Scotland are in employment compared to the previous quarter and the same time last year.  They also show that the number of people unemployed has fallen over the quarter.  
Planning Portal for Consultation On Planning Policies
Views sought on ­­Highland Planning Policies through new consultation portal.   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.  
Scottish Minister launches HITRANS rural airports project
HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, is spearheading a significant European-funded project to assist and develop rural and remote airports with use of new technologies.   SPARA 2020, which stands for Smart Peripheral and Remote Airports, is a three-year €2.4 million Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme area project.  
Work on new link road for Dingwall starts next week
Work on the first stage of the Kinnairdie Link Road Scheme in Dingwall will begin on Monday when contractor, Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd will be on site to carry out improvements to the junction of the A862 Newton Road and the A834 Burn Place near to the Council Offices.   The A862 will be widened to provide additional stacking length on the approach to the junction from the South.  
£520,000 RESURFACING IMPROVEMENTS - A9 Badacreamh Southbound and A9 South of Slochd
Works start Friday 16 October 2015.   Two locations on the A9 near Inverness are soon to be upgraded following an investment of £520,000 from Transport Scotland.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
Orkney crab bid
Application for Orkney Crab to be given protected status.   An application is being lodged to gain European protection for Orkney crab.  
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.  
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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.