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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.  
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.  
£3.6 million boost for 29 community groups from the Scottish Land Fund
Multiple projects across Scotland have received funding in the latest round of grants from the Scottish Land Fund.  The money will allow groups from both urban and rural areas to take ownership of local assets and put them to use for the benefit of their local communities.  
Guidance For Students Returning Home
Plans for mass testing of asymptomatic students.   Students travelling home at the end of term will be able to take voluntary coronavirus (COVID-19) tests through their college or university from next Monday.  
Council To Consult On Management Rules For Burial Grounds And Inverness Crematorium
The Highland Council is to consult on draft management rules for its 268 burial grounds across the region and crematorium located at Kilvean in Inverness.   The Council has a statutory duty to manage burials, oversee memorial safety and cremations for around 1500 burials and 1200 cremations each year.  
Carers Urged To Seek Support
Still Game star highlights valued work of the country's carers in new campaign.   Carers are being urged to seek emotional and practical support through a new national campaign, delivered in partnership with Still Game's Jane McCarry.  
The Spending Review 2020 Speech As Delivered By Chancellor Rishi Sunak
On Monday, the Prime Minister set out the action we need to take between now and the start of December to control the spread of coronavirus.   Mr Speaker, Today's Spending Review delivers on the priorities of the British people.  
Expressions Of Interest Invited For New Highland Coastal Communities Fund - Sutherland Awarded £700,407
The Council is inviting communities to come forward with expressions of interest for projects that, if successful, could receive a share of funding aimed at supporting coastal communities throughout Highland.   The Highland Coastal Communities Fund has been set up by the Council following an allocation of over £3 million from the Scottish Government of Crown Estates revenue funding.  
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Are you aged 35 or under? Do you work in a business less than three-years old? Well don't click away as you will want to keep reading - this is something you definitely need to know.   We are delighted to be back supporting IMPACT 30 as they recruit their next cohort! IMPACT 30 are looking to help new and upcoming businesses - and we can definitely vouch for the fact that this is invaluable support as Cecilia Grigor (MD) of Planit Scotland received advice and support to grow our business.  
Will People Living In Remote And Rural Highlands & Islands Will Have Full Access To The Covid-19 Vaccine?
Rhoda Grant MSP raised concerns in Parliament yesterday (Thursday 19TH November 2020) that people in remote and rural Highlands & Islands will have less access to the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available.   Speaking to the chamber and addressing the Cabinet Secretary Jeane Freeman, Mrs Grant said: "The cabinet secretary will be aware that many of my constituents cannot access Covid-19 testing simply because of where they live.  
New Guide Worrying About Money Highlights Help Available
A new useful guide has been produced to provide people across the Highlands with information and advice on the financial and other support that is available to them.   The Highland Council, along with NHS Highland Public Health, Independent Food Aid Network and the Trussell Trust, have brought a wide range of relevant financial advice and support with contact details together in a user-friendly format aimed at people who are struggling to make ends meet.  
2 Hours Free Parking At Inverness Rose Street Multi-storey Car Park
In a bid to support Christmas shoppers and the recovery of Inverness city centre - users of Highland Council's Rose Street multi-story car park are to benefit from up to 2 hours free parking pending final officer approval under delegated powers.   Provost of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: "I am very pleased that Members of the City of Inverness Area Committee have agreed to a new range of parking tariffs that are designed to increase footfall to the city centre; to help recovery from the impact of coronavirus; and to support retail business in the run-up to the festive season.  
Number Of CCTV Cameras In The UK Reaches 5.2 Million
The number of CCTV Cameras in the UK may be as many as 5.2 million, with 1 camera for every 13 people as the popularity of public surveillance, home CCTV and doorbell camera use increases.  96% of the total number of cameras in the UK are now operated by private businesses and homeowners.  
Self Assessment Customers Warned About Scammers Posing As HMRC
Self Assessment customers should be alert to criminals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).   As the department issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual Self Assessment tax return push, HMRC is warning customers completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by scammers.  
National Award Success For Highland Apprentice
A technician with The Highland Council's Infrastructure and Environment service has been awarded the accolade of becoming Highways and Street Lighting Apprentice of the Year Finalist at the Association for Public Service Excellence Awards.   Ewan Gordon, who is based at the Drummuie Council Offices in Golspie, started his career with the Council as a trainee technician in October 2017, a few months after completing high school.  
Bids welcome from projects in Sutherland for Town Centre Fund investment
Sutherland County Committee is inviting bids from projects in Brora, Dornoch and Golspie for Town Centre Fund investment with proposals to be submitted by 9am on 30 November 2020.   This invitation follows the announcement made on 4 November at the Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee that extra funding has been made available from The Scottish Government to boost town centres across the region.  
Molly Nolan Lib Dem Candidate For Scottish Parliament Speaks Out Against Council Boundary Changes
Molly Nolan the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Scottish parliament is against the boundary changes suggested by the boundary commission as it once again reduces the number of councillors and specifically hits the far north.   "These boundary changes are not fit for purpose.  
Draft Sutherland Tourism Infrastructure Plan discussed at Committee
At today's (5 November 2020) meeting of Sutherland County Committee, Members discussed a draft Sutherland Tourism Infrastructure Plan to identify current and possible gaps in provision of tourism infrastructure in the area.   Members of The Highland Council's Tourism Working Group had previously tasked officers with the production of a Highland Tourism Infrastructure Plan which would provide a simple audit of relevant tourism infrastructure across the region and would allow gaps in provision to be identified.  
Housing investment welcomed at Sutherland County Committee
The proposed one-year Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Capital Programme for Sutherland 2021-22 has been welcomed by Members at today's (5 November) meeting of Sutherland County Committee.   The programme for 2021-22 included engagement with Members, local maintenance officers, and tenants to identify individual area priorities.