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Positive progress made on North West tourism dialogue
The Highland Council is pleased to report that a very positive meeting was held this afternoon (Monday, 15 October 2018) at Highland Council's headquarters in Inverness with Community Councillors from the North West Sutherland area.   Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee hosted the meeting.  
Trade Unions Recommend Reject Vote On Revised Local Government Pay Offer
Local services throughout Scotland could be plunged into crisis after - UNISON, Unite and the GMB - wrote to COSLA to say they will recommend their members reject their revised pay offer when they consult them in the coming weeks.   The revised pay offer, made by COSLA on 6th September 2018, was a 3% increase for all local government workers earning up to £80,000, but the trade unions are angry that this is below inflation and does not improve low pay.  
New Chief Exec Appointed To The Highland Council - Donna MansonThumbnail for article : New Chief Exec Appointed To The Highland Council - Donna Manson
The Highland Council has appointed a new Chief Executive.  The successful candidate is Donna Manson, currently Service Director for Children and Young People in the Scottish Borders.  
Algal toxins affecting shellfish in coastal waters in the North West Sutherland - Loch Eriboll and Kyle of Durness
The Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring at Loch Eriboll and Kyle of Durness.   Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weekly update from CNSRP - weeks commencing 3rd & 10th September 2018.   Energy & Business Services: Tomorrow (Monday 17th) CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in association with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Scottish Government, is launching a programme called "Fit For Offshore Renewables (F4OR)" This is a service to help the UK supply chain get ready to bid for work in the offshore renewable energy sector.  
Council to consult on closure of Altnaharra Primary School
Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee have agreed for the Council to conduct a statutory consultation on a proposal to discontinue the provision of education at Altnaharra Primary School and to formally close the school.   In a report to committee, Councillors were informed that the school has been mothballed since February 2017 and that there are no prospective pupils in the foreseeable future, and no long term prospect of the school having a viable roll.  
Council To Consult On Set School Easter Holiday
A proposal to set a fixed school holiday for the first 2 weeks in April each year from 2019 onwards will go out to consultation by The Highland Council's Care and Learning Service.   The service will consult with Head Teachers, Parent Councils, the Local Negotiating Committee for Teacher representatives and other relevant educational establishments in Highland.  
Science Skills Academy Progress Welcomed By Councillors
Progress on the development of the ground-breaking Science Skills Academy initiative in Highland has been welcomed by Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Councillor Andrew Baxter, Chair of the Care, Learning and Housing Committee said: "I commend the work that the Science Skills Academy is achieving in bringing exciting opportunities for young people to experience the applicability of STEM subjects.  
Funding Confirmed To Establish UKs First Spaceport In SutherlandThumbnail for article : Funding Confirmed To Establish UKs First Spaceport In Sutherland
Plans to launch micro satellites into space from the northern Highlands of Scotland have taken a major step forward with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announcing further funding to develop the space sector.   Plans to launch micro satellites into space from the northern Highlands of Scotland have taken a major step forward with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announcing further funding to develop the space sector.  
New Website Provides One-stop Shop For Postal Surcharge ConcernsThumbnail for article : New Website Provides One-stop Shop For Postal Surcharge Concerns
The issue of parcel surcharging has long been a bone of contention for many internet shoppers.   However, consumers across the United Kingdom, and especially those living in Northern Ireland and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are now set to benefit from the launch of a new website which provides a one stop shop to acknowledge these concerns, which include:.  
A Craft Gin 2000 Years In The Making!Thumbnail for article : A Craft Gin 2000 Years In The Making!
Unique Caithness collaboration will delight both archaeology and gin enthusiasts.   Archaeology and craft gin may seem like worlds apart, but two entrepreneurial companies from the far north of Scotland have teamed up to create a special craft gin, inspired by the prehistoric landscape of Caithness.  
Highlife Highland Volunteer Awards - Morag Martin, HelmsdaleThumbnail for article : Highlife Highland Volunteer Awards - Morag Martin, Helmsdale
High Life Highland recognised top performing volunteers last Thursday at its annual award ceremony held at Strathpeffer Pavilion.   The event saw volunteers from across the Highlands recognised for significant contributions to the charity, its clients and customers.  
New community land management scheme launched
Crown Estate Scotland has opened up coastline, seabed and rural estates for local management under a new scheme launched on (20 June 2018).   The Local Pilots Scheme enables community bodies and local authorities to take on land and property to test new and innovative ways of sustainable development.  
Highland beaches meet strict environmental water quality standardsThumbnail for article : Highland beaches meet strict environmental water quality standards
The Highland Council welcomes the findings published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) that 16 beaches designated for bathing across the Highlands and Islands have met strict environmental standards for water quality.   The results for designated bathing beaches across the Highlands and Islands show 8 classed as excellent, 4 good and 4 falling into the sufficient category.  
International Trade Workshops
HIE is calling on businesses across the region to be ‘Business Brave' and take the leap into trading overseas by signing up to its Selling Online International trade workshops.   Share The organisation has kicked off a series of free international trade workshops in a bid to support businesses that aspire to sell to overseas markets via the web but lack the knowledge and expertise to do so.  
Fast Track Pathfinder For Business Start-ups
HIE is now recruiting for the 2018 intake to its Pathfinder Accelerator, a tried and tested business programme nurturing growth in life sciences and technology.   Share The Pathfinder Accelerator is specifically designed to help companies and start-ups develop novel business ideas relating to life sciences or technology and reduce time to market by testing it in the most time-efficient, cost-effective way to determine its commercial viability.  
Fair Work Supported
Support for trade unions and business.   New measures to support fair work - backed by an extra £350,000 funding - have been set out by Fair Work Secretary Keith Brown and Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn.  
Highlands And Islands Businesses Moving To New Technologies
Use of social media and mobile technology is on the increase by Highlands and Islands businesses, according to the region's second Digital Economy Business Survey (DEBS) released today.   Share The findings of the survey carried out by Ipsos MORI, were launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) during the week-long DataFest18 Fringe event being held in Inverness for businesses and the wider community for the first time.  
Help is available to reduce Council Tax charges
The Highland Council is advising low income households, including home-owners, to apply for help to reduce their Council Tax.  Eligible households can receive up to 100% reduction from their Council Tax which means that those households who receive the full reduction will only have to pay their Scottish Water and Wastewater charges.  
Highland Child Protection Toolkit launched
The Highland Child Protection Committee has launched a Toolkit to assist individuals, volunteers and community groups working with children and young people understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to child protection.   Over 60 people providing activities for children, young people and families in a paid and voluntary capacity came along to the launch event in Inverness yesterday.