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22/12/2020
Changes To The Start Of Term For Highland Schools After Christmas
The First Minister announced at the weekend (19 December 2020) new plans for the return of Scottish schools in the New Year.  The Scottish Government has extended the school holiday period for all schools nationally until 11 January 2021.  
22/12/2020
Advice For Holiday Accommodation In Level 4 Covid Protection Area
From Boxing Day (26 Dec 2020), the Highland Council area will be in a Level 4 Protection Area when ALL holiday accommodation requires to be closed to tourists.   Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and self-catering can remain open for essential customers only.  
22/12/2020
Schools Guidance From Scottish Government - Updated Measures For Pupils And Staff
Guidance on arrangements for the phased reopening of schools in January 2021 has been updated to take account of public health advice and Scotland's on-going work to supress coronavirus (COVID-19).   This guidance has been issued in response to the First Minster's announcement of 19 December and aims for a full return to school buildings and face-to-face learning and teaching for all children from 18 January.  
21/12/2020
£104 Million Tourism And Hospitality Lifeline
Tourism and hospitality businesses across Scotland are to benefit from a £104.3 million package of support in the New Year.   The funding is part of the short term response to the Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce recommendations and follows lengthy discussions with industry to target support specifically where it is needed the most.  
20/12/2020
Very Strict New Guidance Issued For The Festive Period In Scotland
Restrictions tightened due to spread of new variant of COVID-19.   Scotland will significantly tighten protections against Coronavirus (COVID-19) to prevent the spread of the new, highly contagious strain of the virus.  
19/12/2020
Very Strict New Guidance Issued For The Festive Period In Scotland
Restrictions tightened due to spread of new variant of COVID-19.   Scotland will significantly tighten protections against Coronavirus (COVID-19) to prevent the spread of the new, highly contagious strain of the virus.  
19/12/2020
Prime Minister's Statement On Coronavirus (covid-19): 19 December 2020 - New Tier 4 For London And South East - Close Down From Midnight Tonight
Good afternoon, I am sorry to report that the situation has deteriorated since I last spoke to you three days ago.   Yesterday afternoon, I was briefed on the latest data showing the virus spreading more rapidly in London, the South East and the East of England than would be expected given the tough restrictions which are already in place.  
19/12/2020
Savers Receive Help To Save Bonus Payment
More than 60,400 savers across the UK have earned their first Help to Save bonus payment, each receiving an average of £378 in time for Christmas, HMRC can reveal.   Help to Save is the UK government backed saving scheme.  
19/12/2020
Emergency Funding For Football In Scotland - Over £11 Million Split Between Lower-league Clubs
Emergency grants worth £11.35 million will be split between football clubs in an agreement between the Scottish FA and the Scottish Government.   The funding will support clubs below Premiership level after the loss of spectator revenue due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with £10 million coming from the Scottish Government's emergency sports package that was announced earlier this month, and a further £1.35 million from the National Lottery.  
19/12/2020
Urgent Emergency Statement - Coronavirus (covid-19) Update: First Minister's Speech - 19 DecemberThumbnail for article : Urgent Emergency Statement - Coronavirus (covid-19) Update: First Minister's Speech - 19 December
Thank you for joining us.   As you can imagine, the fact that I am speaking to you at 5pm on the Saturday before Christmas - having just chaired an emergency meeting of my Cabinet and spoken to the leaders of the opposition parties - suggests a serious situation, and one that requires action to be taken.  
18/12/2020
Open Reach To Create 275 New Scottish Jobs At Several Locations
Openreach today bucked the prevailing economic trend by creating at least 275 new Scotland-based engineering jobs to be filled during 2021, alongside more roles in its supply chain.   The new Openreach roles in locations across the country will enable the company to continue improving service levels across its existing networks, whilst building and connecting customers to its new, ultrafast, ultra-reliable ‘Full Fibre' broadband network at a record pace.  
17/12/2020
Common good consultation begins for Royal Dornoch Golf Club
The Highland Council is today (17 December 2020) launching a Common Good consultation giving the Dornoch community until 12 March 2021 to respond to a proposal to dispose, by new lease, of an area of Common Good land to Royal Dornoch Golf Club (RDGC) who are the existing tenants.   Also included are proposed changes of use in respect of part of the current golf course for construction of a new clubhouse and for improving access, moving the Bowling club and improved car parking.  
16/12/2020
Town Centre Fund projects agreed at Sutherland County Committee
Members at a special meeting of Sutherland County Committee this week (14 December) agreed on projects to receive funding from the Town Centre Fund for investment in Brora, Golspie and Dornoch.   Earlier this month (4 November) the Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee announced that extra funding has been made available from The Scottish Government to boost town centres across the region.  
16/12/2020
Council reminder that all civic Hogmanay events are cancelled
The Highland council is reminding people that the Red Hot Highland Fling at Hogmanay event in Inverness will not be taking place this year.   It, like all other Christmas and New Year-themed civic events including the Winter Wonderland at Whin Park and the Christmas lights switch-on parade, has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.  
7/12/2020
Footway Improvements on the A9 At Brora
4TH GENERATION TERM CONTRACT FOR MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF THE SCOTTISH TRUNK ROAD NETWORK - NORTH WEST UNIT A9 BRORA FOOTWAY IMPROVEMENTS.   INFORMATION BEAR Scotland, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will be undertaking essential footway improvements at various locations, adjacent to the A9 Trunk Road, between Dudgeon Park Road and Harbour Road in Brora.  
4/12/2020
Digital Directory Serves Up Innovative Traveltech Solutions To Scotland's Tourism Smes
A new digital directory of more than 100 traveltech businesses and 30 industry case studies goes live today (Friday 4 December 2020).   Developed by the Traveltech for Scotland cluster, it showcases how various technologies such as online ticketing, smartphone apps and social distancing solutions can help tourism businesses in Scotland adapt and diversify in a post-COVID-19 world.  
4/12/2020
Scotgrad Graduate Placement Welcomed To The Spirit Of The Highlands Project
The Leader of the Council and Provost of Inverness today welcomed recent history graduate Sophie Gartshore to her role of Data Curation Graduate Placement in the Spirit of the Highlands project team.   Sophie was attending her first virtual meeting of the Spirit of the Highlands Delivery Group, a group co-chaired by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism Fergus Ewing and Cllr Helen Carmichael, Provost of Inverness and Area.  
4/12/2020
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4/12/2020
Council's Role In Realising Green Hydrogen Potential In Highland
Discussions have taken place this week on what the Council's role in respect of the emerging hydrogen economy should be and how best to advance hydrogen opportunities across the Highlands.   The Leader of The Highland Council met with representatives from Scottish Power to focus on hydrogen generation and this was followed by a meeting, arranged with officers from across Council services, that included a presentation by Fiona Landy from the Hydrogen Accelerator.  
4/12/2020
Jobs Boost As Scottish Enterprise Unlocks £0.5 Billion Of Economic Investment
Scottish Enterprise (SE) today announced plans to approve large grant funding for up to 160 new company projects before the end of the financial year.   Together, these projects have the potential to unlock up to £0.5 billion of investment by businesses into Scotland's economy, creating or safeguarding more than 9,000 jobs.