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14/9/2017
Sutherland Committee considers the Councils role in local education governance
Members of the Sutherland County Committee have considered the implications of the Scottish Government's proposals for education governance and have agreed to seek views on the proposals through discussions in their communities and with their local Parent Councils.   The Council has agreed to seek to work with Government, including through CoSLA, the Northern Alliance and other fora in an endeavour to influence the proposals in a more positive and constructive direction.  
14/9/2017
Highland Council Leader Says Promises Broken And Commitments Not Met By Scottish Police Authority
Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has responded to a presentation at City of Inverness Area Committee by Police Scotland on their plans for the Inverness Control Room and establishing two National Database Enquiry Units (NDEUs).   She said: "Presentations to local committees on revised plans to establish two National Database Enquiry Units cannot be seen as consultation.  
13/9/2017
Network Rail Recruiting For Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme!Thumbnail for article : Network Rail Recruiting For Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme!
We are now accepting applications to our March 2018 Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme! We are looking to recruit to various locations throughout Scotland, including Helmsdale and Inverness.   Closing date 22 September 2017.  
24/8/2017
First Section Of A9 Dualling Programme To Fully OpenThumbnail for article : First Section Of A9 Dualling Programme To Fully Open
The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown, announced today that the first section of the mammoth A9 dualling programme is set to open in the coming days, on a visit to inspect finishing work on the two year construction for the £35m road between Kincraig and Dalraddy.   As fresh aerial footage of the new road was published, Mr Brown highlighted that the new 7.5km section of dual-carriageway will deliver a range of benefits to the public and the Scottish economy.  
23/8/2017
Investment In Hydraulic Bollards To Help Protect Inverness City Centre Pedestrians
Following on from the introduction of decriminalised parking in Highland, The Highland Council has invested £50k to help protect pedestrians in Inverness city centre.   Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Places Committee said: "I am very pleased that the new parking enforcement service has delivered these improvement works funded from the Council's Traffic Management and Control budget.  
23/8/2017
North Coast Leisure Centre To Join High Life Highland Management PortfolioThumbnail for article : North Coast Leisure Centre To Join High Life Highland Management Portfolio
Members of The Highland Council's People Committee have agreed to transfer funding from its third sector grants budget to High Life Highland to manage the North Coast Leisure Centre at Bettyhill in Sutherland.   Members have agreed that the budget of £39,309 for Tongue and Farr Sports Association (North Coast Leisure Centre, Bettyhill) from the Council's third sector grants budget will be moved to the budget for services commissioned from High Life Highland, and that the service delivery contract with High Life Highland be amended accordingly.  
17/8/2017
Police Scotland Plough On With Centralisation Despite Council Leaders Plea
Leader expresses disappointment following Police meeting.   Leader of the Highland Council Margaret Davidson commented following her meeting with Police Scotland on 16 August 2017, saying: "I am very grateful to ACC Hawkins and other officers for a very candid and useful meeting and for providing the information which we requested.  
17/8/2017
CORE POLITICS LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE TV SERIES MEET THE MPs - Jame StoneThumbnail for article : CORE POLITICS LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE TV SERIES MEET THE MPs - Jame Stone
From what our newest MPs did after winning their seat - to who they'd like to win Love Island - no subject is off limits.   Meet the MPs is an ambitious online series which will introduce the colourful new personalities who have recently joined Westminster's green benches following June's General Election.  
17/8/2017
Workshop focuses on food and drink innovation
Food and drink businesses looking to grow through innovation are encouraged to register for a free workshop which takes place in Inverness on 31 August.   Share The event will focus on the new ‘Make Innovation Happen' service which provides a single access point for all innovation support to the Scottish food and drink industry.  
16/8/2017
Scottish Government Urged To Use New Benefit Power
The Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson, has urged the Scottish Government to start using devolved powers to mitigate the impact of benefit changes in the Highlands.  The call follows a meeting with Inverness MP, Drew Hendry, where she discussed the problems created by the introduction of Universal Credit.  
16/8/2017
Free public Wi-Fi to be rolled-out across the Highlands
Members have today approved proposals to expand the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal funded free open public Wi-Fi system to 14 towns across the Highland.   Towns recommended for the free Wi-Fi programme are Alness, Aviemore, Dingwall, Dornoch, Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus, Fort William, Invergordon, Nairn, Portree, Tain, Thurso, Ullapool and Wick.  
16/8/2017
Money released to enable affordable housing schemes in Ardgay and Cromarty
Members of the Highland Council's Places Committee have approved the use of Landbank funding to assist in the development of affordable housing in Highland.   The Council holds a Landbank Fund which is used to enable affordable housing to be delivered either through loans and grants to our partner housing organisations, or directly to part fund the provision of new council housing.  
16/8/2017
New Developer Contributions for Education Infrastructure agreed
The Council has agreed to updated developer contributions for the delivery of new schools in the Inverness area.   Taking account of the forecasted phasing of housing sites, school roll forecasts indicate that 13 Primary Schools in Inverness will be under pressure within the next 5 years.  
14/8/2017
A Warm Highland Welcome For Probationer TeachersThumbnail for article : A Warm Highland Welcome For Probationer Teachers
One hundred and forty two probationer teachers who are on the Teacher Induction Scheme and a few probationer teachers on the Flexible Route were recently welcomed to the Highlands (on Friday 11 August 2017) at an induction course held in Smithton Free Church Hall.   Bill Alexander, Highland Council's Director of Care and Learning welcomed the probationers saying: "It's really good to see so many young people starting their careers in education here in the Highland and I wish them all well.  
14/8/2017
Developer Contributions For Schools To Be Reviewed
The Council is to review developer contributions for schools in the Inverness area.   Taking account of the forecasted phasing of housing sites, school roll forecasts indicate that Primary Schools in Inverness are under pressure and require significant additional capacity to support growth.  
3/7/2017
High Life Highland And University Of The Highlands And Islands Agree Partnership For The FutureThumbnail for article : High Life Highland And University Of The Highlands And Islands Agree Partnership For The Future
High Life Highland (HLH) and The University of the Highlands and Islands have signed an agreement to work together to benefit individuals, communities and businesses across the Highland area.   Both organisations already have a track record of collaboration with a number of programmes across various HLH services and study programmes, but have now formalised the arrangement through a memorandum of understanding that will see the relationship expanded to include initiatives in the fields of health and wellbeing as well as archives and museums.  
3/7/2017
New Joint Committee For Roads Collaboration Receives Cross-party Council Support
Members of The Highland Council have unanimously agreed to the establishment of a joint Committee with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Angus Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Comharlie nan Eilean Siar and Moray Council to be known as ‘The Northern Roads Collaboration Joint Committee'.   Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Places Committee commended the formation of the new Joint Committee, he said: "I commend this initiative which will help Highland Council and our partner Northern Authorities address the ‘big ticket' roads' issues that affect us all.  
29/6/2017
Less smoke and mirrors from Scottish Government demands Highland Leader
During a debate about the future of Highland Council finances, Leader of the Council, Margaret Davidson, has challenged the Scottish Government to be more open about the funding they provide for local councils across Scotland.   "In recent years' we've seen too much smoke and mirrors when it comes to the Scottish Government handing out their annual grant to local councils.  
28/6/2017
Highland Council To Debate Another 5 Years Of Cuts
Highland council will hear from the finance director Derek Yule on Thursday 29th June 2017 when he speaks on his paper "Financial Outlook 2018 - 2023".   The outlook for council finances as set out in the paper Financial Outlook 2018 - 2023 is for five years of cuts and reductions in services as the forecast is for reduction in grant income of 2%, 3.5% or 5% which would produce a budget gap of £129 million to £187 million over 5 years.  
27/6/2017
‘tell Us Once' Automatically Updates Government Departments
A new service for the bereaved in Highland is launched today by The Highland Council called ‘Tell Us Once'.   The service will ensure that when a death is registered in the Highland area, a notification is automatically issued to most government agencies which removes the need for grieving families to notify multiple public bodies.