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23/9/2020
Virtual Education In Highland - Supportive, Interactive, EngagingThumbnail for article : Virtual Education In Highland - Supportive, Interactive, Engaging
Virtual education in Highland - Supportive, Interactive, Engaging.   The Highland Council can support and deliver education to any pupils who are asked to self-isolate by the Health Protection Team, in all of our 203 schools across the region.  
23/9/2020
High Life Highland Locations Still Open For BusinessThumbnail for article : High Life Highland Locations Still Open For Business
The Chief Executive of High Life Highland has spoken following the First Minister's statements to remind customers that the Charity's locations should not be affected by the restrictions coming into place later in the week.   Steve Walsh said, "High Life Highland has worked extremely hard to ensure that our locations are operating strictly in line with the Scottish Government's guidelines.  
18/9/2020
Hi-Scot Credit Union Members Saving and Borrowing Continues in the PandemicThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Members Saving and Borrowing Continues in the Pandemic
2020 has not been the easiest of years and, for many people, saving has been the last thing on their minds - but there's never been a more prudent time to think about putting money aside for a rainy day.  Or a global pandemic.  
16/9/2020
Migdale Hospital - What Constitutes A Ward Closure From NHS Highlands Viewpoint?Thumbnail for article : Migdale Hospital - What Constitutes A Ward Closure From NHS Highlands Viewpoint?
Highlands and Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant, is becoming increasing frustrated at the lack of transparency on the future of Migdale Hospital's Strathy ward in Bonar Bridge.   When the Sutherland hospital opened in 2011 it had 22 beds with two units - the Strathy ward, for older people with mental health problems, and another offering a range of in-patient services, such as palliative care, general medicine and rehabilitation services.  
1/9/2020
New Benefit To Help With Heating Costs - Extra Support For Families Of Disabled Children
The Scottish Government will lay legislation to enable delivery of the new Child Winter Heating Assistance later today.   This is the first disability benefit to be introduced using new social security powers.  
1/9/2020
Educators To Address Attainment Gap With Equity WeekThumbnail for article : Educators To Address Attainment Gap With Equity Week
¬†Education specialists from across the North-east, North and West of Scotland are to deliver a week-long series of digital professional learning events for teachers and practitioners from the end of September as part of a drive to increase awareness about child poverty in Scotland and the impact this has on learning.   Led by the Northern Alliance (Regional lmprovement Collaborative for the area's eight local authorities) in collaboration with Education Scotland, Promoting Equity Week will run from Monday 28 September and will help schools across the region consider the barriers faced by young people living in poverty and investigate the pressures the pandemic has had on vulnerable and disadvantaged children.  
1/9/2020
International Declaration Agreed - Calls For Global Biodiversity Action At All LevelsThumbnail for article : International Declaration Agreed - Calls For Global Biodiversity Action At All Levels
The Scottish Government is leading a global push to ensure action is taken at all levels to protect biodiversity.   A statement of intent, known as The Edinburgh Declaration, has been agreed between subnational, regional and local governments across the world and calls on the Convention on Biodiversity to take bold action to halt biodiversity loss.  
31/8/2020
Coming Of Age: Labours Child Trust Funds - From 1st September Funds Payable
From the Institute for Fiscal Studies - Authors Rowena and Crawford and Carl Emmerson.   From tomorrow (1st September), the first 18-year-olds will be able to access Child Trust Funds (CTFs) set up over a decade ago by Tony Blair's Labour government.  
31/8/2020
Space Hub Sutherland Application Submitted To Scottish Land CourtThumbnail for article : Space Hub Sutherland Application Submitted To Scottish Land Court
Plans to establish a vertical launch site for satellites in the north of Scotland have taken another step forward.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is applying to the Scottish Land Court for consent to build, operate and, ultimately, decommission Space Hub Sutherland on a crofting estate on the A'Mhoine peninsula.  
31/8/2020
Scotlands Implicit Budget Deficit Could Be Around 26-28% Of Gdp In 2020-21Thumbnail for article : Scotlands Implicit Budget Deficit Could Be Around 26-28% Of Gdp In 2020-21
Article published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on 26 August 2020 - Author David Phillips.   Summary Today's Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures show Scotland's implicit budget deficit increasing to 8.6% of GDP in 2019-20, around 6 percentage points higher than the UK as a whole, largely reflecting higher government spending.  
31/8/2020
Scottish Technology Ecosystem: ReviewThumbnail for article : Scottish Technology Ecosystem: Review
Review of the Scottish tech ecosystem by Mark Logan, commissioned by the Scottish Government, with recommendations on how to develop a world-class tech sector.   In May 2020, Cabinet Secretary of Finance Kate Forbes asked Mark Logan, tech entrepreneur and former Skyscanner COO, to conduct a short-life review into how Scotland's tech sector can contribute to Scotland's economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.  
30/8/2020
Coronavirus Recovery And Renewal - Programme For Scottish Government 2020-21
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will publish a Programme for Government next week focused on dealing with the economic, health, and social crisis caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).   Protecting public health will remain the priority, and the Scottish Government will also set out plans to help people, businesses and communities recover from the pandemic by creating new jobs, promoting lifelong health and wellbeing and tackling inequalities.  
29/8/2020
Highland Council Position On 1140 Hours Early Learning Childcare Provision
The Highland confirms that its actions on the provision of Early Learning Childcare (ELC) provision are in line with Scottish Government Guidance and directions issued.   With implications of COVID-19 the Scottish Government chose - following a Scottish Parliament decision - to remove the Statutory Duty for provision of 1140 hours from August 2020.  
29/8/2020
Free Debt Advice Expanded
¬£2.4 million of new funding to help households with money problems.   More people will be able to benefit from free debt advice following investment from the Scottish Government.  
29/8/2020
Aquaculture Vital For Coastal Communities
The aquaculture industry contributes to the long-term viability of many communities, according to a new report.   Commissioned by Marine Scotland, the report found the sector provides year-round, well-paid jobs and supports economic growth in rural, coastal and island areas.  
27/8/2020
#protectnorthhighlands Launches Offering Free Test And Protect Solution Across Caithness And SutherlandThumbnail for article : #protectnorthhighlands Launches Offering Free Test And Protect Solution Across Caithness And Sutherland
Caithness Chamber of Commerce's new Test and Protect service, #ProtectNorthHighlands, goes live today (26 August) across Caithness and Sutherland.  Offering a simple, secure way for businesses to store customer data in line with Scottish Government's requirements for Test and Protect, the service is free to all businesses across the region thanks to the generous support of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  
27/8/2020
New Payment For People Self-isolating In Highest Risk Areas
People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme.   Government to implement new payment for people on low incomes in areas with high rates of COVID-19, who need to self-isolate and can't work from home.  
27/8/2020
Sutherland Schools Among Scottish Schools Gaining Grants for Local CharitiesThumbnail for article : Sutherland Schools Among Scottish Schools Gaining Grants for Local Charities
SCOTS YOUNGSTERS SECURE FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND POVERTY EFFORTS.   Secondary students have raised vital funds and awareness for charities in their communities addressing a range of social issues.  
25/8/2020
Home-testing Kits No Use For Some Remote, Rural Areas, Health Secretary AdmitsThumbnail for article : Home-testing Kits No Use For Some Remote, Rural Areas, Health Secretary Admits
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has discovered that in some remote areas of the region home-testing kits for Covid-19 are unviable due to the amount of time taken to get them to the laboratory.   Moreover, there is a question mark over what is happening to mobile testing units in Highland locations after the end of August.  
25/8/2020
Highland Council Designs New Branding To Signpost Visitors To Nearest Comfort Scheme ToiletsThumbnail for article : Highland Council Designs New Branding To Signpost Visitors To Nearest Comfort Scheme Toilets
Highland Council has revealed new branding for its Comfort Scheme which its hoped will help people identify premises that have opened their toilets for public use.   The Comfort Scheme also includes premises where a community has taken charge of ex-Council toilets for the public to use.