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20/7/2020
Inverness Castle Transformation - Major City Region Deal Investment To Boost Tourism For The HighlandsThumbnail for article : Inverness Castle Transformation - Major City Region Deal Investment To Boost Tourism For The Highlands
The Highland Council today announced the completion of the purchase of the South Tower of Inverness Castle, following the move of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service to the new Inverness Justice Centre in the city earlier this spring.   With the entire Castle now in the ownership of The Highland Council, the project to transform the building to become a visitor attraction is ready to progress to the next stage.  
20/7/2020
Energy Price Comparison Sites Are Bad News For Consumers - Here is How To Fix ThemThumbnail for article : Energy Price Comparison Sites Are Bad News For Consumers - Here is How To Fix Them
When it comes to electricity and gas, consumers in many countries choose between a wide range of tariffs.  In the UK there are hundreds of options from scores of suppliers, varying up to 30% in price.  
20/7/2020
More Mental Health Support For Health And Social Care Staff
New helpline will provide round the clock service.   All health and social care workers in Scotland will now have access to mental health support 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a new national helpline.  
20/7/2020
Latest Data On The Scottish Economy
This report from the Fraser of Allender Institute was published on 17th July 2020.   This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households.  
20/7/2020
Capital works in Council homes to restart
Following the Council's announcement that contract work valued at over £60 million for new housing development projects across the Highlands has resumed, the Chair of the Housing and Property Committee has confirmed that capital investment works for the Council's current housing stock will be re-starting shortly.   Contractors have supplied The Highland Council with detailed work plans for safe working, encompassing social distancing and following all guidance relating to Covid-19.  
20/7/2020
Bulky Items Collection Restarts in HighlandThumbnail for article : Bulky Items Collection Restarts in Highland
The Highland Council can now confirm that the Bulky Uplift Service is being re-instated from today, Monday 20 July 2020.  The service was suspended on the 23rd March due to the COVID-19 National Emergency and the need to prioritise staff to provide essential waste and recycling collections.  
20/7/2020
HMRC Covid Latest Important Information On Claiming For The Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeMRCThumbnail for article : HMRC Covid Latest Important Information On Claiming For The Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeMRC
We're writing to remind you about key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and actions you might need to take.   Key dates Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30‌‌‌ ‌June 2020 by 31‌‌‌ ‌July 2020.  
16/7/2020
Almost A Third Of Firms Will Decrease Size Of Workforce In Next Three MonthsThumbnail for article : Almost A Third Of Firms Will Decrease Size Of Workforce In Next Three Months
Results from the British Chambers of Commerce's Quarterly Recruitment Outlook, in partnership with Totaljobs, reveal the impact Coronavirus has had on the jobs market, with the two organisations calling for further action from government to protect businesses and jobs.   29% of businesses expect to decrease the size of their workforce in the next three months 28% decreased size of workforce in Q2 but 66% kept their workforce constant, reinforcing the success of the Job Retention Scheme The two organisations call for a cut in employer National Insurance Contributions to protect businesses and jobs.  
16/7/2020
Labour Market Overview, UK: July 2020
Extracts from the Report from the Office for National Statistics published today 16 July 2020.   As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic took hold, the labour market weakened markedly, but that rate of decline slowed into June, though this is before recent job losses were reported.  
16/7/2020
UK Government Supports Nearly 900,000 Jobs Across Scotland
New figures show the extent of UK Government coronavirus support for Scottish jobs and self-employed people.   Figures show, until the end of June, nearly 900,000 jobs across Scotland have been supported by the UK Government's unprecedented package of coronavirus support.  
16/7/2020
New Tourism Committee Set Up By Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : New Tourism Committee Set Up By Highland Council
The first meeting of Highland Council's new Tourism Committee was held virtually today (16 July 2020).  Cllr Maxine Smith was appointed as Chair and Cllr Gordon Adam as Vice Chair.  
16/7/2020
Police And Council Keep Businesses And People Safe In Inverness City CentreThumbnail for article : Police And Council Keep Businesses And People Safe In Inverness City Centre
Police Scotland and Highland Council Environment Health Officers were out-and-about in Inverness today visiting businesses and raising public confidence demonstrating that the city centre is doing all it can to ensure public safety as lockdown restrictions are eased.   On 15 July, and on the 22nd July - Police and Environmental Health are conducting checks and issuing advice and assistance to business and the public in the city centre.  
16/7/2020
Government Acts To Protect Jobs In Every Part Of The UK
Measures will protect the UK's economy by preventing new burdens on business and provide certainty to support coronavirus recovery.   New plans ensure trade between each part of the UK will prosper Holyrood, Cardiff and Stormont will receive new powers in at least 70 policy areas including parts of employment law, land use and air quality, among many others.  
16/7/2020
Government Bans Old Coach, Bus And Lorry Tyres From Roads In New Measures To Improve Road SafetyThumbnail for article : Government Bans Old Coach, Bus And Lorry Tyres From Roads In New Measures To Improve Road Safety
Tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned.   tyres aged 10 years and older to be banned to help improve road safety clearly visible date of manufacture mandatory on each tyre, ensuring older tyres are easy to spot latest action follows years of work by the government and determined efforts of campaigners Tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned from lorries, buses and coaches on roads in England, Scotland and Wales in a boost to road safety, Roads Minister Baroness Vere announced on 15 July 2020.  
16/7/2020
Battery Storage Boost To Power Greener Electricity Gri
Government to relax planning legislation to make it easier to construct large batteries to store renewable energy from solar and wind farms across the UK.   Government changes planning rules to maximise UK's renewable energy storage and create hundreds of new green jobs.  
16/7/2020
Councillors Commend Move Towards ‘real-time' Scrutiny Of Covid-19 Recovery Action Plan
Members of The Highland Council's Recovery Board have welcomed proposals that will enable them to scrutinise progress being made on the Council's Recovery Action Plan from the coronavirus pandemic at any time they choose in ‘real-time'.   Chair of the Recovery Board, Depute Leader Alasdair Christie said: "I am delighted that Members will soon be able to look into the Recovery Action Plan in real time through the Council’s performance management system to see what the progress is on the plan.  
15/7/2020
Advance notice of temporary closures affecting two Sutherland roads
The Highland Council is advising drivers in Sutherland that two temporary road closures will be in place from the start of August to enable SSE and Network Rail to carry out works.   Part of the U2437 Trentham Street in Helmsdale will be temporarily closed to all traffic from 8am on Monday 3 August until 10pm on Friday 4 September for SSE to carry out works.  
14/7/2020
Highland Council Warns Of Covid-19 Crisis Grants Scam
The Highland Council is warning the public to be on their guard for the latest COVID-19 scam which is circulating around the country.  Information on this scam was received by Highland Council Trading Standards, through a national intelligence network.  
13/7/2020
HMRC Invites Hospitality Industry To Register For Eat Out To HelpThumbnail for article : HMRC Invites Hospitality Industry To Register For Eat Out To Help
Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out.   The Eat Out to Help Out registration page went live this morning on GOV.UK, allowing businesses to join the scheme announced last week by Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.  
13/7/2020
Thinking Innovation - Five Top Tips For Making Your Customers More ValuableThumbnail for article : Thinking Innovation - Five Top Tips For Making Your Customers More Valuable
HIE organises training and courses for businesses.   This online webinar may be of interest.