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2/6/2022
Caithness And Sutherland Public Drop In Sessions Reveal Strong Local Support For The Flow Country
The Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland could soon become the World's first peatland World Heritage Site on account of its blanket bog habitat and important biodiversity.   Highland Council is one of the lead agencies on the Flow Country Partnership, which has just finished a 17-day series of community drop-in sessions around Caithness and Sutherland to find out what local people thought about this exciting opportunity.  
14/3/2022
Highland Council Election, 74 Councillors To Be Elected On Thursday 5 May 2022Thumbnail for article : Highland Council Election, 74 Councillors To Be Elected On Thursday 5 May 2022
The Notice of Election for the Highland Council has been published today, Monday 14 March 2022.   The Highland Council election, which takes place every 5 years, is now seeking candidates to come forward with their nomination to stand.  
8/3/2022
Temporary closure on B869 Lochinver - Drumbeg - Newton RoadThumbnail for article : Temporary closure on B869 Lochinver - Drumbeg - Newton Road
There will be a temporary prohibition of traffic on the B869 Lochinver - Drumbeg - Newton Road later this month.   The lengths of road affected include the B869 Lochinver - Drumbeg - Newton Road, which will be closed from its junction with A894 Loch Assynt - Laxford Road to its junction with A836 Invershin – Lochinver Road.  
1/3/2022
Sutherland capital investment for council housing improvements
At the meeting of the Sutherland Area Committee, Members agreed a one-year Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme that will see £533,000 spent on projects to improve Sutherland Council homes over 2022/23.   The HRA Capital Programme 2022-23 has been developed in line with the agreed principles within the 2022-27 HRA Capital Plan approved at Housing and Property Committee on 15 December 2021.  
9/2/2022
Support For Scotland's International Festivals
Scotland's major festivals are to benefit from a share of the Scottish Government’s £2m Festivals Expo Fund.   The funding has been awarded for events that run across the year including Edinburgh’s international, book, film and fringe festivals as well as Glasgow International Festival and Celtic Connections.  
9/2/2022
Uk And Faroes Reach Agreement On Fishing Opportunities For 2022Thumbnail for article : Uk And Faroes Reach Agreement On Fishing Opportunities For 2022
A more balanced deal than previous arrangements, securing UK priority stocks such as cod and haddock.   The UK has secured exchanges of opportunities valued at around £5.5 million for the fishing industry through the annual negotiations with the Faroe Islands, providing certainty for the industry on quota for this year.  
9/2/2022
New Plans To Slash Red Tape From 5G Roll Out And Improve Mobile Phone ConnectivityThumbnail for article : New Plans To Slash Red Tape From 5G Roll Out And Improve Mobile Phone Connectivity
Street lights, bus shelters and traffic lights will host more mobile network equipment to help boost mobile coverage as part of a new scheme to cut red tape and install more 4G and 5G kit.   Eight pilots to simplify local authority processes to speed up 4G and 5G deployment.  
9/2/2022
7 Out Of 10 People Have Experienced Potential Rip-offs Online, Worrying New Cma Research RevealsThumbnail for article : 7 Out Of 10 People Have Experienced Potential Rip-offs Online, Worrying New Cma Research Reveals
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today launched a brand-new campaign "The Online Rip-Off Tip-Off" to help shoppers spot and avoid misleading online practices that could result in them being ripped off.   In a poll of over 2,000 UK adults: 7 out of 10 had experienced misleading online practices 85% believed businesses using them were being dishonest with their customers And 83% were less likely to buy from them in the future The CMA has today launched a brand-new campaign "The Online Rip-Off Tip-Off" to help shoppers spot and avoid misleading online practices that could result in them being ripped off.  
9/2/2022
Amazon Prime membership fee could soon rise to over £90
Amazon Prime membership fee could soon rise to over £90, despite record UK sales of £23.6bn, says ParcelHero.   Amazon's UK revenue jumped over 20% last year.  
9/2/2022
Jobseekers Now Only Have Four Weeks To Find Work Before They Must Widen Their Search
From Tuesday 8 February, those who are capable of work will be expected to search more widely for suitable available jobs from the fourth week of their Universal Credit claim, rather than up to three months as was previously the case.   The changes in the regulations aim to support people into work faster as we recover from the pandemic.  
9/2/2022
Plan Today To Vote In May In The Council Elections
The Scottish Local Government Elections for The Highland Council are taking place on Thursday 5 May 2022 to elect 74 Local Councillors in 21 wards.   Local Councillors are responsible for making decisions on your behalf about local services.  
9/2/2022
£44 Million Dormant Assets Funding Unlocked For Charities And Social EnterprisesThumbnail for article : £44 Million Dormant Assets Funding Unlocked For Charities And Social Enterprises
Additional £44 million allocated through the Dormant Assets Scheme, taking the total to almost £850 million over the past decade.   Funding will help tackle youth unemployment, support communities in deprived areas and give people in need access to finance New Government Bill could unlock further £880 million for good causes Communities and good causes across England have been allocated an additional £44 million through the Dormant Assets Scheme.  
9/2/2022
New Vision For Justice
Victims placed at the heart of ensuring just, safe, and resilient communities.   A vision to transform Scotland's justice sector through the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond has been published.  
4/2/2022
Brora And Helmsdale Schools To Enjoy New Outdoor Learning ClassroomsThumbnail for article : Brora And Helmsdale Schools To Enjoy New Outdoor Learning Classrooms
Brora Primary and Helmsdale Primary and Nursery are now the proud new occupants of outdoor learning classrooms.  A place where pupils can connect to their environment, with each other and have free space to be creative, shelter from inclement weather and play together outdoors all year round.  
27/1/2022
Covid Recovery And Reform Bill Introduced
Legislation proposing the permanent adoption or temporary extension of some beneficial measures enacted during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been published today.   The Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill proposes changes in 30 specific legislative areas, which were modified by temporary provisions made under Scottish and UK coronavirus legislation.  
24/1/2022
Young People Across The Highlands Are Encouraged To Register To Vote During Welcome To Your Vote WeekThumbnail for article : Young People Across The Highlands Are Encouraged To Register To Vote During Welcome To Your Vote Week
This week (24-30 January 2022) is Welcome to Your Vote week which is the ideal time to start conversations with young people about democracy, politics, and all aspects of voting.   The Electoral Commission has created a set of online resources for young people, and those who work with them, to get the discussion started and help young people find out how to get and use their vote.  
24/1/2022
Northern Alliance Identifying Meaningful Measures To Address The Attainment GapThumbnail for article : Northern Alliance Identifying Meaningful Measures To Address The Attainment Gap
Northern Alliance Research Assistant Grant Murray explained: "We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the Data for Children Collaborative.  It's a great example of how working together across council areas means we can look to address shared challenges.  
24/1/2022
Four Million Still To File Ahead Of Self Assessment DeadlineThumbnail for article : Four Million Still To File Ahead Of Self Assessment Deadline
Millions of customers are still to file their 2020 to 2021 Self Assessment tax return.   Four million customers are yet to submit their completed Self Assessment tax return and pay any tax owed ahead of the deadline on 31 January, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned.  
24/1/2022
Keeping Eye Tests Free On The NHS In ScotlandThumbnail for article : Keeping Eye Tests Free On The NHS In Scotland
Increase in fees paid to optometry practices for free examinations.   The fees paid by the Scottish Government to optometrists for carrying out NHS-funded eye examinations will increase by 3% - helping to ensure everyone can continue to access high quality eye care.  
22/1/2022
Funding For Sustainable Islands
Projects delivering strong community climate themes across some of Scotland's islands will receive a share of almost £600,000 to support sustainability and provide more green travel options.   The projects are delivered through the Scottish Government's Island Communities Fund, which provides investment for community-led projects that support employment, community resilience and contribute to Scotland’s just transition to net zero and climate resilient living on islands.