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1/7/2020
Beware The Sassenachs Are Coming!Thumbnail for article : Beware The Sassenachs Are Coming!
By Peter Body - an Englishman and owner of Thermohaus, the Caithness based company which will design and supply highly energy efficient timber frame kit homes, throughout the UK.   According to the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA) the Highlands is one of the most popular places to build your own home.  
1/7/2020
Poverty In Scotland: A Discussion With Jrf On Progress Pre, During And Post Covid-19Thumbnail for article : Poverty In Scotland: A Discussion With Jrf On Progress Pre, During And Post Covid-19
A podcast from Fraser of Allender Institute with the Joseph Rowantree Foundation (JRF).   At the end of the parliamentary year, we would normally have received a progress report form the Scottish Government on their efforts to tackle child poverty and how they are making progress towards the statutory child poverty targets.  
1/7/2020
Communities Leading In Tourism - Cohort 2Thumbnail for article : Communities Leading In Tourism - Cohort 2
Communities Leading in Tourism programme delivered by Social Enterprise Academy.  SEA, which has supported over 14,000 social economy learners, is delivering the blended learning programme of six live online learning sessions, six days of online learning, and three planned two-day residential tourism visits in Skye, the Trossachs and Stranraer.  
1/7/2020
Executive Chief Officer For Health And Social Care, Lesley Weber Is To Leave The Highland Council In September 2020Thumbnail for article : Executive Chief Officer For Health And Social Care, Lesley Weber Is To Leave The Highland Council In September 2020
Lesley, who previously worked for Hackney Local Authority in London, expressed how much she has enjoyed working for the Council.   Lelsey started with highland council on 13 August 2019.  
1/7/2020
Thurso And Wick Amoung Highland Towns To Gain Active Travel InterventionsThumbnail for article : Thurso And Wick Amoung Highland Towns To Gain Active Travel Interventions
Committee gives unanimous support to Covid-19 Spaces to People project in Highland.   At today's (Wednesday 1 July 2020) Economy and Infrastructure Committee members gave their full support to progress made with the Spaces for People programme in Highland following the news that the Council has been successful in receiving a further £1.2M of funding.  
1/7/2020
Pentland Venture Ferry Cancels Summer SeasonThumbnail for article : Pentland Venture Ferry Cancels Summer Season
Trips to Orkney in the Pentland Venture ferry have been cancelled for this year.   With two months already lost operators have decided the losses would be too great.  
1/7/2020
Mandatory Mot Testing To Be Reintroduced From 1 AugustThumbnail for article : Mandatory Mot Testing To Be Reintroduced From 1 August
mandatory MOT tests for car, motorcycle and van owners in England, Scotland and Wales to be reintroduced to keep roads safe.   drivers encouraged to book a test in advance to ensure vehicles are in a roadworthy condition vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a 6-month exemption.  
1/7/2020
The Outlook For The Scottish Budget In 2020 And Beyond
David Eiser, Fraser of Allander Institute.   The outlook for the Scottish budget in 2020/21 has changed substantially since it was published in March.  
1/7/2020
Private Water Supply Advice To Tourist Accommodation Providers
As Scotland prepares for the easing of lockdown and the re-opening of the tourism and hospitality sector, The Highland Council's Environmental Health are advising holiday accommodation providers to make sure their private water supplies are safe to drink.   A large number of self-catering and tourist accommodation in the Highlands are served by private water supplies and with these being closed during the lockdown period, the water supply system may not have been maintained and could create a risk to the quality and safety of the drinking water.  
1/7/2020
More Firms Can Now Benefit From The Future Fund
More start-ups and innovative firms will be able to apply for investment from the government's Future Fund from today (Tuesday 30 June 2020).   companies which have participated in accelerator programmes now eligible for the popular scheme.  
30/6/2020
Budget Deficit Tops £100 Billion In Just Two Months
From the Office of Budget Responsibility 25 June 2020.   May's public finances data continue to show the budget deficit rising sharply.  
30/6/2020
Online Cryptocurrency Trading Platform Shut Down By Courts
Online cryptocurrency trading company falsely claiming support from high-profile entrepreneurs has been wound-up after losing £1.5 million of clients' funds.   GPay Ltd was wound up in the public interest on 23 June 2020 in the High Court before Deputy Judge Baister.  
30/6/2020
Uk Economy Has The Biggest Fall Since The 2008 Bank CrashK
The latest figures form the Office of National Statistics show just how bad the economy has been doing.   UK gross domestic product (GDP) in volume terms was estimated to have fallen by 2.0% in Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2020, the largest fall since Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2008.  
30/6/2020
Extra Funding For Service Charities As Veterans Support Is Stepped Up
Today the Office for Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the MOD have announced that 100 Armed Forces charities will benefit from nearly £6million of extra funding to support serving personnel, veterans and their families during the coronavirus pandemic.   £6million of new funding announced for 100 military charities across the UK Consultation will be launched in July on tax relief for businesses that employ veterans Enhanced support for ex-service personnel announced during Armed Forces week part of government's drive to make the UK the best country to be a veteran.  
29/6/2020
From Today High Street Shops Re-open
The public are being encouraged to shop local as retail businesses across the country prepare to re-open today.   Under the move to phase two of the Scottish Government's route map out of lockdown street-access retail can now re-open once guidance is implemented.  
29/6/2020
Farmers Views Sought On Agri-tech
Beef and sheep farmers, consultants, vets and researchers are being asked for their views on the use of modern technology.   Information collected in a new survey will be used to identify key areas for the use of agri-tech to improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability in both beef and sheep production systems in Scotland.  
27/6/2020
Go-ahead For Space Hub Sutherland Starts Countdown To Launch Of Orbex Prime From ScotlandThumbnail for article : Go-ahead For Space Hub Sutherland Starts Countdown To Launch Of Orbex Prime From Scotland
The first orbital spaceflight from the United Kingdom has come a step closer following the Highland Council's decision to give the go-ahead for the Space Hub Sutherland spaceport.  Orbex, the UK-based space launch company, has confirmed that Orbex Prime will be the first vertical launch vehicle to fly into orbit from the Space Hub, which will be constructed near Melness on the northern coast of Scotland.  
26/6/2020
Highland On-street parking enforcement returns today
Drivers are being advised by The Highland Council that parking enforcement staff will be returning to enforcement duties from Friday 26th June.  Initially focusing on all On-Street restrictions.  
26/6/2020
Dounreay Cash Reaches Groups In Need During Coronavirus LockdownThumbnail for article : Dounreay Cash Reaches Groups In Need During Coronavirus Lockdown
More than 30 community groups received help from a fund supported by Dounreay and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority during the COVID-19 crisis.   In March 2020, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd anticipated an upsurge in demand from community organisations for small-scale financial assistance.  
26/6/2020
Independent Review Panel Members Appointed For The Nhs Highland Healing Process
The Healing Process, set up to support individuals who suffered bullying or harassment in the past while working for NHS Highland in Highland and Argyll and Bute, has announced the members of its independent review panel.   Access to the independent review panel is one of the options available to those who seek help through the Healing Process.