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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
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.  
20/8/2020
Access To Cash - The New NormalThumbnail for article : Access To Cash - The New Normal
Which the consumer group are running a campaign to save cash.   Coronavirus has accelerated the shift away from cash, putting greater strain on the already fragile cash system and making it even harder to access and pay with cash.  
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
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
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.  
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.