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20/1/2021
Online Enrolment For All Early Learning And Childcare Places In HighlandThumbnail for article : Online Enrolment For All Early Learning And Childcare Places In Highland
Enrolment for all ELC providers, including local authority nurseries, partner settings and commissioned childminders, will take place online this year.   Enrolment week for ELC places will take place on Monday 8 February to Friday 12 February 2021.  
19/1/2021
Highland Council Formally Rejects Boundary Commission's Proposals
Following discussions at the recent Council meeting, the Council Leader has formally written to the Local Government Boundary Commission on their proposals for councillor numbers and ward boundaries in the Highland Council area.   She advised the Boundary Commission that the Council rejected the Commission's proposals in their entirety and formally requested that they halt this process immediately and review the whole issue of remote and rural area boundaries and councillor numbers in consultation with the Highland Council and other local authorities who have mainland councils with inhabited islands.  
18/1/2021
Public Contract Opportunities For Highland BusinessesThumbnail for article : Public Contract Opportunities For Highland Businesses
The Highland Council is encouraging businesses to sign up to an upcoming free webinar event to find out more about public contract opportunities.   The Council, along with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, have teamed up with the Supplier Development Programme (SDP), a free business support service that offers tender training and advice to Scottish micro, small and medium sized businesses.  
18/1/2021
Support For Taxi And Private Hire DriversThumbnail for article : Support For Taxi And Private Hire Drivers
New fund to support taxi and private hire drivers affected by the pandemic will launch this week.   Local authorities will directly approach an estimated 38,000 private hire and taxi drivers inviting them to claim a £1,500 grant to assist with fixed costs, boosting the support from other funding for loss of income available through the Scottish and UK Governments.  
18/1/2021
Extra Funding To Support Unpaid Carers
An investment of £750,000 in local carer centres will increase support for unpaid carers of all ages, helping them to take a break from caring and access other much-needed help.   This recognises some of the challenges faced by unpaid carers, with many regular sources of support having stopped or moved online due to the pandemic.  
16/1/2021
If You Intend To Travel Abroad Check Your Health Insurance Following Brexit
Before you travel, make sure you've got a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or travel insurance with health cover You may not have access to free emergency medical treatment and could be charged for your healthcare if you do not have an EHIC or GHIC when visiting an EU country, or travel insurance when visiting Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.   If you have an EHIC it will still be valid while it remains in date.  
15/1/2021
Dry Cleaning Firms Facing Hardship
MSP Rhoda Grant has called for the Scottish Government to extend its business support schemes to industries including the dry cleaning sector which are struggling during the pandemic and do not qualify for government support.   The Highlands & Islands Labour MSP spoke in Holyrood today asking Ministers to step in with a support package.  
11/1/2021
At Least 250,000 Uk Small Businesses Set To Fold Without Further Help, New Study Warns
FSB publishes the findings from its latest Small Business Index study.   Quarterly Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI) shows confidence at second lowest ebb in report's ten-year history.  
11/1/2021
How Will Vaccines Affect The Length Of Lockdown?Thumbnail for article : How Will Vaccines Affect The Length Of Lockdown?
England has gone into a tough lockdown to halt spiralling COVID-19 hospitalisations and relieve pressure on its health system.  The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has said the new lockdown will last at least seven weeks, but it's safe to assume that, with many hospitals near capacity, it will stay in place as long as is needed to suppress the threat of the NHS being overwhelmed.  
11/1/2021
Extending Support For Hospitality, Retail And Leisure - January Grants Top-up Announced.
A significant top-up to the grant support available for hospitality, retail and leisure businesses across Scotland closed by level 4 restrictions will be paid following an announcement by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes.   In addition to the grants businesses receive through the Strategic Business Framework Fund, eligible businesses will also get a one off grant of.  
11/1/2021
Concerns Grow After Fake Covid Vaccine Scams Emerge
The Highland Council 's Trading Standards team and NHS Highland are warning Highland residents to be very aware of the latest Covid scams that are emerging across the UK.   It is very likely that these scams are linked and the consequences of being a victim of these scams may go beyond financial harm.  
10/1/2021
Covid-19s £669m Impact On Scottish Government Finances
The Scottish Government overspent its 2019/20 budget by nearly £700 million responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.   Net spending for the year across the government's consolidated accounts was £39,385 million - £669 million more than budget.  
10/1/2021
Oxford Astrazeneca Vaccine National Roll-out In Scotland
Doses to be administered at over 1,000 GP practices and community centres.   Many more people will receive the first dose of the Oxford/Astrazeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in GP practices and community vaccination centres across Scotland from tomorrow (Monday 11 January 2021) The vaccine, approved for use in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on 30 December, has already been administered in primary care settings in NHS Tayside, Lothian, Orkney and Highland.  
9/1/2021
UK Government Announces Major Boost To Coronavirus Recovery Through Expansion Of Dormant Assets Scheme
Expansion will help unlock over £800 million for communities across the UK.   Expansion will help unlock over £800 million for communities across the UK.  
7/1/2021
Council Gives Reassurance On Actions To Support Communities During Covid Lockdown
At today's (7th January 2021) meeting of The Highland Council the focus was on the Covid pandemic response and the many actions the Council are taking to support communities during the current lockdown.   The Leader of the Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson said: "At Council today elected members raised many important issues that we will follow up.  
7/1/2021
Royal Bank Issues Urgent Scam Warning
Vaccination email scams seen as biggest emerging threat Help and advice to avoid becoming a victim.   Royal Bank of Scotland has issued an urgent scam alert following the new lockdown.  
7/1/2021
Impact Of Brexit Discussed By Highland Councillors
The Highland Council met today (7 January 2021) and took the opportunity to discuss Brexit.  A number of issues arising from the UK's exit from the EU were discussed and the complexity of the situation was recognised particularly since there are a number of other concurrent issues such as COVID.  
7/1/2021
Learning under current Covid lockdown
The Highland Council has issued a letter to all parents providing an update regarding the reopening of schools and early learning and childcare settings following the announcement made yesterday by the First Minister that the country is now in a national lockdown.   All Highland schools will remain open but the only pupils who should attend are those identified as vulnerable and the children of Key Workers when no other arrangements can be made.  
7/1/2021
NHS Test And Trace Told A Record Number Of People To Self-isolate Over Christmas Week
During the week of 24 to 30 December, 684,747 people who had tested positive, and their contacts, were reached and told to self-isolate.   More people than ever before reached and told to isolate over festive period.  
7/1/2021
Eviction Ban Extended - Extension To Protect Tenants In Scotland
A temporary ban on eviction orders will be extended until the end of March 2021.   Regulations will be laid in the Scottish Parliament on 14 January to extend the current ban, which is in place at present until 22 January.