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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.  
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
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.  
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
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.  
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
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.  
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.  
24/8/2020
Criminal Disclosure Reforms - Employers, Insurers And Applicants Should Be Aware Of ChangesThumbnail for article : Criminal Disclosure Reforms - Employers, Insurers And Applicants Should Be Aware Of Changes
Changes to rules about previous criminal convictions which people need to disclose to prospective employers will take effect this year.   The reforms will, from 30 November, reduce the length of time that many convictions need to be disclosed by most job applicants, or in other instances such as when applying for insurance.  
20/8/2020
New Chief Executive Appointed To NHS HighlandThumbnail for article : New Chief Executive Appointed To NHS Highland
NHS Highland is delighted to announce the appointment of Pam Dudek as its new Chief Executive.   Professor Boyd Robertson, Chair of NHS Highland said: "Pam was chosen from a strong field of experienced executive leaders from across the UK and beyond.  
20/8/2020
Job Start Payments for 16 to 25 Year Olds Have Begun Claim From NowThumbnail for article : Job Start Payments  for 16 to 25 Year Olds Have Begun Claim From Now
Young people are expected to face some of the greatest challenges with employment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  As such, Social Security Scotland would like to make as many businesses and individuals as possible aware of the Job Start Payment so that it can reach those who could benefit from it.  
20/8/2020
Over 1000 Cars Bought By Hi-scot Credit Union LoansThumbnail for article : Over 1000 Cars Bought By Hi-scot Credit Union Loans
A Hi-Scot credit union loan is now easier than ever to arrange for members.   Cars are a popular reason to borrow but loans can be arranged for a wide range of things.  
20/8/2020
Scottish Teenagers To Get Access To Pot Of Money Each, Over The Next Nine Years
Thousands of teenagers in Scotland are set to benefit for the first time from money in Child Trust Funds (CTFs) that has been waiting for them since they were young children.   Since 2002, around 6.3 million CTF accounts have been set up across the UK, roughly 4.5 million by parents or guardians and a further 1.8 million set up by HMRC where parents or guardians did not open an account.  
20/8/2020
Pay Attention - Is Your Child Due A £2,000 Windfall?
Over a million Child Trust Funds lie forgotten, some with balances of over £2,000.  With the first accounts due to mature on Saturday, here's how you can check if your child is due a four-figure windfall.