The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time. It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.
Those who apply before the deadline could qualify for an extra £300 Cost of Living boost thanks to Pension Credit backdating rules. Harry Redknapp teams up with DWP to urge pensioners to apply for Pension Credit ahead of deadline day on 10 December.
Total spending on five family payments passes £596 million. The families of more than 323,000 under-16s were benefitting from Scottish Child Payment at the end of September, official statistics show.
Dornoch businesses have voted yes for the Dornoch Business Improvement District (BID) for a period of 5 years from 1 March 2024 until 28 February 2029. Ballot papers for the Dornoch BID election were sent to eligible voters on Thursday 28 September 2023 and the businesses had the opportunity to cast their vote for the past seven weeks.
Jeremy Hunt has been warned against using next week's autumn statement to announce pre-election tax cuts for the wealthy while overseeing a multibillion-pound stealth raid on the incomes of 36 million workers. With the Conservatives trailing in opinion polls, the chancellor is considering deep cuts to inheritance tax for his set-piece speech to the Commons on Wednesday after receiving upbeat figures for the public finances from official forecasters.
Members of The Highland Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee on 16 November 2023 agreed to use up to £100,000 from its UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to support costs associated with the hosting of the 2024 Fort William Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup Event. Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Ken Gowans, said: "In August this year, Fort William very successfully hosted the UCI Cycling World Championships downhill mountain bike event at Nevis Range, drawing a huge number of competitors and spectators and showcasing what the region has to offer through its world-wide media coverage.
Highland Council's engagement with communities and staff will help to inform the budget proposals and consequent decisions which will be made in February 2024. This includes allocating resources to deliver the Council's strategic priorities and enable the best outcomes across the Highlands.
A campaign has been launched to support the recruitment of more adult social care workers and help address vacancies. The new Adult Social Care recruitment drive, ‘You can make the difference' includes TV, radio, outdoor and digital advertising.
Children across Scotland will be gifted a quarter of a million books and counting activities as part of the Read Write Count with the First Minister programme. Around 248,000 books will be given to pupils in primary two and three this year as part of a programme underlining the First Minster's personal commitment to supporting child literacy and numeracy learning across the country.
Twenty eight community transport initiatives across the Highlands have been awarded a share of £358,850 by The Highland Council to support them with the important role they play in delivering lifeline services to their local communities. Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Ken Gowans highlights the valuable work undertaken by providers.
A report presented on Thursday 16 November 2023 at the Environment and Infrastructure Committee of Highland Council provided members with an update on the overall 20mph programme in Highland ahead of a planned public consultation which will be launched in December. The report included the consideration for reverting some roads or sections of them back to 30mph speed limits.
Three in four single mothers face living in poverty when they retire, according to a new report released on 15 November 2023 by Scottish Widows. The 19th annual Women and Retirement Report reveals that the ‘motherhood penalty' - the financial and career disadvantages faced by working mothers - has an enduring impact into later life.
Dornoch businesses have voted yes for the Dornoch Business Improvement District (BID) for a period of a for a period of 5 years from 1 March 2024 until 28 February 2029. Ballot papers for the Dornoch BID election were sent to eligible voters on Thursday 28 September 2023 and the businesses had the opportunity to cast their vote for the past seven weeks.
Portskerra's Olivia McKay, currently the girls under 18s Scottish National Champion surfer, and who is set to participate this month in the ISA World Junior surfing Championships in Rio de Janeiro, has benefited by significant financial support from two local businesses. Directors of both Halladale-based GMG Energy and Melvich Bay Caravan Park have contributed to the travel costs that Olivia and eight other team mates will face before they can compete with the world's top surfing talent.
Thàinig luchd-labhairt òg na Gàidhlig bho àrd-sgoiltean air feadh sgìre Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd còmhla ri Leasachadh Sgilean na h-Alba (SDS) agus Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd air Diardaoin 9 Samhain san Eden Court ann an Inbhir Nis, airson a' chiad Siuthad! aghaidh ri aghaidh bho 2019. Tha an tachartas eagraichte le Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd agus SDS le maoineachadh a' tighinn bho Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd 's nan Eilean (HIE) agus Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
The Highland Council is looking for new members to fill vacancies on the six local outdoor access forums in Caithness, Sutherland, Ross & Cromarty, Inverness & Nairn, Skye & Lochalsh and Lochaber. There are currently at least 2 vacancies on each group.
A new Fellowship has been launched, providing funding for research into supporting the viability and sustainability of crofts and small farms in the North Highlands. The project seeks to investigate the potential of small to medium sized regenerative farmers to work at a scale that would allow them to supply to local hotels and restaurants, local shops and supermarkets.
Postal ballot papers for ten contested Highland community councils have been mailed out today (Tuesday 31 October 2023). The Highland Council is reminding voters that ballot papers need to be completed and returned by the deadline of 12 noon on Monday 27 November 2023.
Sutherland Committee Members have agreed the investment priorities in the Sutherland Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Capital Programme with £5.2m spent on projects to improve Sutherland Council homes for 2023-27. The HRA Capital Programme 2023-27 has been developed in line with the agreed principles within the 2022-27 HRA Capital Plan.
Ballot papers were issued on Thursday 28 September 2023 to all businesses who were eligible and who would become levy payers and members of the Dornoch Business Improvement District (BID). Any businesses who think they are eligible to vote but may not have received their ballot papers, or any electors requiring a replacement ballot must contact The Highland Council's Election Office on 01349 886657 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.