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20/8/2020
High Life Highland Is Ready To Welcome Customers Back To Pools And GymsThumbnail for article : High Life Highland Is Ready To Welcome Customers Back To Pools And Gyms
High Life Highland have expressed delight at today's announcement from the First Minister that gyms and swimming pools can reopen from Monday 31st August 2020.   Steve Walsh Chief Executive of High life Highland said, "I am absolutely delighted with the news that we are able to welcome our customers back earlier than we had first thought.  
28/7/2020
The Truth Will Out - Understanding Labour Market Statistics During The Coronavirus CrisisThumbnail for article : The Truth Will Out - Understanding Labour Market Statistics During The Coronavirus Crisis
Mike Brewer, Laura Gardiner and Karl Handscomb wrting for the Resolution Foundation.   Labour market statistics matter.  
28/7/2020
UK Households Have Experienced The Biggest Immediate Income Shock Since The Mid-1970s
Policy response has massively boosted poorest households' incomes, but further shocks lie ahead.   The covid-induced crisis has caused typical working-age household incomes to fall 4.5 per cent between the pre-crisis period and May this year, despite the critical policy support that has cushioned the shock for millions of households, according to the Resolution Foundation's Living Standards Audit published on Tuesday 21st July 2020.  
28/7/2020
Covid-19 Raises Risk Of Public-sector FraudThumbnail for article : Covid-19 Raises Risk Of Public-sector Fraud
Scotland's public finances have been boosted after a data-sharing exercise identified over £15 million of potential fraud and errors across the public sector.   But auditors have warned that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought additional fraud risks.  
28/7/2020
Mens And Womens Time Use Is Converging - But A New Income Divide Is EmergingThumbnail for article : Mens And Womens Time Use Is Converging - But A New Income Divide Is Emerging
Gender differences in the amount of paid and unpaid work people do have shrunk over the past four decades, while the gap between low- and high-income households has grown to create a new ‘working time inequality', according to a major new report published today (Tuesday 28 July 2020) by the Resolution Foundation.   The time of our lives, supported by Trust for London, explores changes in people's time use over the past four decades, how these shifts differ by gender, geography and household income level, and where these trends may head in post-covid Britain.  
28/7/2020
Covid-19: Emerging Fraud RisksThumbnail for article : Covid-19: Emerging Fraud Risks
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges across the Scottish public sector as bodies seek to deliver services for individuals, communities and businesses in an extremely difficult time.   The Covid-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges across the Scottish public sector.  
27/7/2020
Contacts From Scottish Public To Charity Crimestoppers Hit Record High During LockdownThumbnail for article : Contacts From Scottish Public To Charity Crimestoppers Hit Record High During Lockdown
Over the past three months, independent charity Crimestoppers has received a record number of reports from the public across Scotland on domestic abuse, drug dealing and child harm and neglect.   In response to lockdown across Scotland, the charity ran a series of public awareness campaigns to highlight the increased risk of harm and abuse some people would experience.  
27/7/2020
Serco Northlink Ferries Introduces Pet-friendly Cabins On BoardThumbnail for article : Serco Northlink Ferries Introduces Pet-friendly Cabins On Board
Four-legged friends can now travel with their owners between the Scottish mainland and Orkney and Shetland - thanks to new pet-friendly cabins on NorthLink Ferries passenger vessels MV Hamnavoe, MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey.   Each ship has two pet-friendly cabins available which have en-suite facilities, side-by-side lower twin bunks and tea and coffee making facilities.  
27/7/2020
Inverness Looking Hard At Waste From Camper Vans And Wild Campers - Should Other Areas Join Them?
Ness-side councillor Ron MacWilliam has called for tough new local byelaws to deal with the recent surge in excessive littering, outdoor toileting and motorhome chemical waste tipping.  Reports of inconsiderate waste disposal have flooded in from every corner of the Highlands in recent days and in Inverness locations such as the Merkinch Nature Reserve have also been plagued by the problem.  
27/7/2020
Scottish Firms Regain Some Confidence Say Federation Of Small BusinessesThumbnail for article : Scottish Firms Regain Some Confidence Say Federation Of Small Businesses
Small businesses experience a significant boost to confidence across the UK, but overall levels of confidence in Scotland are still below the UK average.   The FSB Scottish Small Business Index (SBI) increased 144.7 points to reach -10.1 in the second quarter of 2020.  
27/7/2020
HMRC Urges Parents To Claim Child BenefitThumbnail for article : HMRC Urges Parents To Claim Child Benefit
Parents in Scotland are being urged to claim Child Benefit, even if they have not yet been able to register the birth of their new-borns, to ensure they don't miss out.   Between April and July 2019, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) received 49,637 more new Child Benefit claims compared to the same period in 2020.  
27/7/2020
GMB warns Trumps jobs killer tariffs threaten whisky jobs and economic recovery
GMB Scotland has today (Monday 27 July) warned the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that Donald Trump's tariff war on whisky will be a "jobs killer" on both sides of the Atlantic and urged the UK Government to "get in the game" and defend the industry.   Responding to the USTR's consultation, Concerning the Enforcement of US WTO Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute, the union for Scotland's whisky and spirits workers said: "On both sides of the Atlantic this tariff war will strangle hopes for economic recovery.  
27/7/2020
Events Sector Gets New Funding To Keep Scotland Centre Stage
A funding package of £10 million has been established to help the events sector recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Funding streams will be set up to provide direct support to organisers of cultural, community, and sporting events, as well as to supply chain firms facing hardship, to help keep them in business while restrictions on events are still in place.  
26/7/2020
Spain Removed From Travel Corridors Exemption List - Self Isolate Again For Two Weeks On Return
Notice issued on 25 July 2020.   If you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland from Spain on or after 26 July 2020 you will need to self-isolate.  
25/7/2020
Nearly 9 In 10 Scots Will Keep Shopping More Online Despite Covid-19 Restrictions Easing
Lockdown has led to Scotland becoming a nation of online shoppers - with millions in Scotland and across the UK planning to continue their digital spending spree despite restrictions being lifted.   In fact, 87% of Scots - nearly 9 in 10 - are planning to shop online at the same level, if not more, as restrictions ease, suggesting that Scots are committed to online shopping for the long haul.  
25/7/2020
Highland Council Calls On New Parents To Register Lockdown Births
From 29th June, Highland Council Registration Offices resumed birth registration.   As birth registrations were suspended since late March, The Highland Council's Registrars are now working through a backlog and it is important that they register births in date order wherever possible.  
25/7/2020
Ride Free: New Online Motorcycle Training To Improve Road SafetyThumbnail for article : Ride Free: New Online Motorcycle Training To Improve Road Safety
Ride Free is a free online training course that you should complete before taking your moped or motorcycle compulsory basic training (CBT).   The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced the launch of Ride Free - a free online training course that moped and motorcycle riders should complete before taking their https://www.gov.uk/motorcycle-cbt CBT course.  
25/7/2020
Scotland's Natural Economy Valued At Over £29 Billion Per AnnumThumbnail for article : Scotland's Natural Economy Valued At Over £29 Billion Per Annum
A new report has defined and detailed for the first time the value of the ‘natural economy' to Scotland's overall economic output, finding it represents more than a fifth of the nation's economy.   The natural economy is defined as comprising six sub-sectors that either directly use, rely or contribute to conserving natural resources, namely: tourism, food and drink, fishing and aquaculture, agriculture, energy (including renewables), and forestry, logging and manufacture of wood.  
25/7/2020
Vital Support For Museums And Galleries -new Fund To Launch
A new funding stream for the independent museums sector to help bolster resilience following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.   The £4 million Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund will provide support for Scotland's museums and galleries and will be administered by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS).  
25/7/2020
Excess Weight Can Increase Risk Of Serious Illness And Death From Covid-19
Supporting people to move towards and maintain a healthier weight may reduce the serious effects of COVID-19 on the population, PHE report finds.   Being obese or excessively overweight increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, a new Public Health England (PHE) report confirms.