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16/12/2015
Fuel poverty in 2014 remains the sameThumbnail for article : Fuel poverty in 2014 remains the same
In 2014 the level of fuel poverty remained similar to the previous year: 34.9% or around 845,000 households were fuel poor and 9.5% were living in extreme fuel poverty.  This compares to revised estimates of 35.8% or 860,000 fuel poor households in 2013, with 9.8% living in extreme fuel poverty[1].  
16/12/2015
Big gains for fishing industry
The fish quota package agreed in Brussels includes big gains for the Scottish industry worth around £25 million to the whitefish fleet, Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said today.   Mr Lochhead said the overall package includes increased fish quota in 16 out of 23 key Scottish stocks, including cod and haddock.  
16/12/2015
Commission on Local Tax Reform
The Commission on Local Tax Reform has published Just Change: A New Approach to Local Taxation.   The cross-party commission, established jointly by the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), brought together representatives from across the political spectrum to look at options for a fairer local tax system.  
16/12/2015
Scottish Public Sector Employment
Public Sector Employment Statistics for Scotland, released today by Scotlands Chief Statistician, show that over the year to Q3 2015, employment in the public sector in Scotland has decreased by 500 (down 0.1 per cent) to 544,700.  The lowest level seen since the series began in 1999.  
16/12/2015
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.  
16/12/2015
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.  
21/10/2015
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.  
15/10/2015
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.  
15/10/2015
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.  
14/10/2015
£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.  
12/10/2015
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.  
12/10/2015
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.  
12/10/2015
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.  
12/10/2015
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.  
12/10/2015
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.  
12/10/2015
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.  
12/10/2015
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.  
12/10/2015
Orkney crab bid
Application for Orkney Crab to be given protected status.   An application is being lodged to gain European protection for Orkney crab.  
8/10/2015
Managing Rushes Without ChemicalsThumbnail for article : Managing Rushes Without Chemicals
Managing Rushes Without Chemicals, Caithness, Friday 6th November, 10-15 - 14.45 (First meeting).   Event kindly supported by Caithness Wetlands and Wildlife Initiative.  
8/10/2015
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.