Five areas - in the Scottish Borders, Galloway, Lochaber, Loch Awe and Tay Forest - are in the running to be Scotland's next National Park. The Scottish Government committed to designating at least one new park by 2026, to join Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
More than one in ten patients seen by new cancer diagnostic services have been referred for cancer treatment, helping to speed up treatment and improve outcomes. Patients waited an average of 14 days from referral, to having cancer ruled in or out.
Young people will have a key role in supporting sustainable populations in rural and island regions. The Addressing Depopulation Action Plan, published last week, commits the Scottish Government to working with Youth Scotland and the Young Islanders Network (YIN) to develop ideas to support and encourage young people to remain on, move to or return to the islands.
With the cost of living going up, we're all looking for savings. But there are cheap toys for sale on online marketplaces that could seriously harm your child.
In order to support the continued growth in onshore and offshore renewables across the north of Scotland, supporting the country's drive towards Net Zero, investment in network infrastructure is needed. This will connect renewable power and transport it from source to areas of demand across the country.
SSEN Transmission and the Science Skills Academy (SSA), run by HIE, are joining forces to power up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills for hundreds of school pupils across rural Scotland with a four-month Pop-Up "Newton Room" programme. The out-of-classroom, hands-on sessions for school pupils, from 10-14 years old, aim to ignite interest in STEM subjects and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Soils around the world are running low on potassium, a key nutrient needed for plants to grow. This ultimately means we may not be able to grow enough food for everyone.
In the tranquil expanses of North America's woodlands and grasslands, a silent but concerning phenomenon is unfolding: chronic wasting disease (CWD). The condition, often dubbed "zombie deer disease", is stealthily spreading among deer populations, sparking concerns among scientists, conservationists and the public alike.
Unanimous support by Highland Council members of the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee has been given to the Council's Home to Highland Programme which works to return care experienced young people to the Highlands from out of authority residential placements. Councillors have considered two evaluations of the ‘Home to Highland Programme' and the services being developed to prevent young people requiring moving out of the local authority area.
The company deceived consumers into signing up to a subscription charging them almost £30 a month. Paragrim Ltd tricked consumers into signing up to the Mediacraze.net website Consumers were charged a monthly direct debit without their permission and which they were unable to easily unsubscribe from Insolvency Service investigations found no evidence the website provided any actual services or that the company was trading legitimately A company which tricked people into signing up for monthly direct debits has been shut down following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.
Funding farming to help tackle climate change More than £7 million has been awarded to 517 rural businesses in 2023 from the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS). Overall, £27m will be paid over the lifetime of the contracts to applicants, to help support land management activities that will benefit nature and mitigate against climate change.
The UK Space Agency has announced funding for work which aims to prolong the life of satellites, as part of efforts to ensure space remains sustainable for future generations. The package includes a £2 million upgrade to the Satellite Applications Catapult's In-Orbit Servicing and Manufacturing (IOSM) facility at the Westcott Space Cluster in Aylesbury.
Best Start Grants awarded without need for a separate application. More than 43,000 payments have been paid automatically to help parents and carers with the cost of living and starting school, latest official figures show.
The government is today investing a total of £45 million in the UK's quantum sector. It comes as part of its commitment to transforming into a quantum-enabled economy by 2033 - seizing this technology's potential to overhaul healthcare, energy, transport and more.
The Environment Agency launches Economic Crime Unit to address serious financial offences in the waste sector. The Environment Agency has launched a new Economic Crime Unit to boost its efforts to tackle money laundering and carry out financial investigations in the waste sector, ensuring crime doesn't pay.
information issued for users, owners and transport operators guidance designed to ensure public safety and mitigate fire risk Information around how to safely purchase, charge and use e-bikes and e-scooters has been published by the government today (1 February 2024) to improve consumer safety. Following extensive consultation with industry, guidance on battery safety for both e-scooters and e-bikes will raise awareness for owners on how to safely purchase an e-cycle or e-scooter.
A record-breaking 11.5 million taxpayers submitted their Self Assessment tax returns for the 2022 to 2023 tax year by midnight on 31 January, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reveals. More than 12.1 million taxpayers were expected to file a tax return and pay any tax owed.
Regular measles statistics updates issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). The latest number of laboratory confirmed measles cases in England have been published by the UKHSA in an updated epidemiological overview.
One year on since the publication of the Environmental Improvement Plan, the government launches new measures to halt and reverse nature's decline. Puffins, porpoises, and pine martens are just some of the species set to benefit from new measures set out by the Government today (31 January) to boost nature recovery on land and at sea.
New offences have been introduced to criminalise cyberflashing, fake news intended to cause non-trivial harm and other online abuse. New offences introduced to criminalise cyberflashing, fake news intended to cause non-trivial harm and other online abuse.