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17/11/2023
Grant Funding For Highland Community Transport Providers ConfirmedThumbnail for article : Grant Funding For Highland Community Transport Providers Confirmed
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.  
17/11/2023
YES Vote For Dornoch Business Improvement District
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.  
17/11/2023
Almost 2 Million Single Mothers Face Motherhood Penalty In RetirementThumbnail for article : Almost 2 Million Single Mothers Face Motherhood  Penalty In Retirement
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.  
10/11/2023
Two Sutherland-based Businesses - Gmg Energy And Melvich Bay Caravan Park - Put Financial Muscle Behind Olivia's Bid For Surfing Glory At Brazilian ChampionshipsThumbnail for article : Two Sutherland-based Businesses - Gmg Energy And Melvich Bay Caravan Park - Put Financial Muscle Behind Olivia's Bid For Surfing Glory At Brazilian Championships
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.  
10/11/2023
‘Siuthad! Tachartas Dhreuchdan Gàidhlig A' Tilleadh Gu Eden Court - ‘siuthad!' (go On!) Gaelic Careers Event Returns To Eden CourtThumbnail for article : ‘Siuthad! Tachartas Dhreuchdan Gàidhlig A' Tilleadh Gu Eden Court - ‘siuthad!' (go On!) Gaelic Careers Event Returns To Eden Court
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.  
7/11/2023
New Members Wanted For Local Access Forums
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.  
2/11/2023
New Fellowship Launched To Support Small North Highlands Farms And Make Local Food More Widely AvailableThumbnail for article : New Fellowship Launched To Support Small North Highlands Farms And Make Local Food More Widely Available
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.  
31/10/2023
Capital investment for Sutherland council housing improvements
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.  
31/10/2023
Voters Encouraged To Return Community Council Election Ballots
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.  
23/10/2023
Still Time To Vote In Dornoch Business Improvement District Ballot
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: election@highland.gov.uk.  
16/10/2023
To EV Or Not To EV? That Is The Question For The DM Hall Property ProfessionalThumbnail for article : To EV Or Not To EV? That Is The Question For The DM Hall Property Professional
To EV or not to EV? That is the question for the DM Hall property professional Graham Forbes who covers the huge and sparsely populated Highland region.   It has been a gradual transition, but I now have to confess that I am a convert to the concept of the electric vehicle, despite the fact that my beat - the Highlands and Islands - is the biggest and most thinly populated area in the UK.  
12/10/2023
The Highland Council Is Ready For WinterThumbnail for article : The Highland Council Is Ready For Winter
The Highland Council's winter maintenance programme starts on 14 October 2023 and the Council is ready to treat - according to its policy - the 6,766km of roads for which it has responsibility.   Chair of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Ken Gowans said: "We have the supplies and resources in place to provide a winter service according to the Council's policy.  
10/10/2023
Community Council Elections 2023 - Postal Ballots To Take Place
Following the close of the withdrawal period today at 12 noon (Tuesday 10 October 2023), an election will be held for the 10 contested community councils across Highland.   The contested community councils are: Bettyhill, Strathnaver and Altnaharra Croy and Culloden Moor Dunvegan Glengarry Kiltearn Melvich Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry Thurso Watten Wester Loch Ewe Ballot papers are being posted out second class on Tuesday 31 October 2023.  
10/10/2023
Save Up To £2,000 A Year On Childcare Costs For Your Little Pumpkins
Autumn is here and as the October school holidays have started, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working families to give their childcare budget a treat this Halloween by opening a Tax-Free Childcare account.   Parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to help with childcare costs for school holiday clubs, breakfast or after school clubs, childminders or nurseries.  
4/10/2023
28 Fail To Reach Numbers in Community Council Nominations - October 2023
The election day is scheduled for Monday, 27 November 2023 and voting is by means of a postal vote.  The maximum membership of each of the Highland Community Councils is determined by the population it serves and varies from 7 to 13 members.  
4/10/2023
10 Sutherland Groups Among Highland Organisations To Benefit From Community Regeneration Funding Towards Revenue Projects
A funding boost of nearly £1million of revenue investment is set to benefit rural areas across Highland.   The Highland Strategic Local Action Group who met during September, considered, and agreed funding for revenue projects submitted to the first round of the 2023/24 Community Regeneration Fund.  
12/9/2023
Highland Skills Challenge Fund - An Opportunity For Businesses To Develop Their Green Skills
The Highland Council, with support from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, is inviting Highland businesses to apply for funding to support the costs of green skills training for their workforce.   Cllr Ken Gowans, Chair of the Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee explained: "This Challenge Fund has been set up to support Highland businesses who wish to invest in their workforce and develop their green skills.  
11/9/2023
UHI A Tuath, An Iar is Innse Gall a' comharrachadh a bhith air a stèidheachadh mar a’ cholaiste as ùire ann an AlbaThumbnail for article : UHI A Tuath, An Iar is Innse Gall a' comharrachadh a bhith air a stèidheachadh mar a’ cholaiste as ùire ann an Alba
UHI A Tuath, An Iar is Innse Gall a' comharrachadh a bhith air a stèidheachadh mar a' cholaiste as ùire ann an Alba Tha UHI A Tuath, An Iar is Innse Gall a' comharrachadh a bhith air a stèidheachadh mar a' cholaiste as ùire ann an Alba an dèidh co-aonadh UHI Taobh Tuath na Gàidhealtachd, UHI Innse Gall agus UHI Taobh Siar na Gàidhealtachd.   Stèidhichidh UHI A Tuath, An Iar is Innse Gall buidheann acaire ùr, a bhios a' ceangal choimhearsnachdan dùthchail agus eileanach tro fhoghlam agus rannsachadh comharraichte air a chumadh a rèir cultar, àite agus seallaidhean-tìre Taobh Tuath agus Siar na Gàidhealtachd, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach agus Innse Gall.  
2/7/2023
Armadale Medical Practice Transferred To Nhs Highland
NHS Highland will take over the responsibility for running Armadale Medical Practice in Sutherland from Friday 1 July 2023.   We have worked closely with Armadale Medical Practice over the last few months to ensure continuity of care and an effective transfer of responsibility.  
23/5/2023
Analysis Reveals What Is Thrown Away In Household Bins In HighlandThumbnail for article : Analysis Reveals What Is Thrown Away In Household Bins In Highland
Recent analysis shows that that over a third of waste in the average household refuse bin could be recycled or composted at home! The Highland Council has conducted a Waste Composition Analysis of the waste that householders put in their refuse and recycling bins.  Funded by Zero Waste Scotland as part of a national analysis of the waste in household bins across Scotland, the results will enable the Council to focus on waste prevention and increasing recycling.