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Highland Community Organisations Invited To Apply For Cost Of Living Support Grant
At a meeting of The Highland Council on 22 September 2022, Councillors approved the creation of a Highland-wide grant fund of up to £450,000 to help alleviate the cost-of-living crisis for vulnerable households through community-led initiatives.   Third Sector voluntary and community organisations are invited to apply for grants under the value of £10,000.  
Highland patients give positive feedback on their GP Practice experiences
The results from the latest Scottish Health and Care Experience (HACE) Survey from Public Health Scotland show large percentages of positive feedback from people in the NHS Highland board area about their experiences at their GP Practices.   The survey was sent to a random sample of the public and covered a number of areas in health and care experience, including treatment and advice from GP Practices, COVID-19 and Out of Hours healthcare.  
Britain Facing A Dual Crisis And Could Be Ill-equipped To Cope
Parallels with 2008-09 are emerging.   Failure of regulation has allowed means pension are vulnerable.  
NHS strike ballot continues despite government talks, says UNISON
NHS strike ballot continues despite government talks, says UNISON UNISON, the largest union in the NHS, is reporting that there has been no significantly improved pay offer - despite government talks.  The union has sent a communication to it's members today that the dispute over pay continues.  
Government Introduces New Energy Prices Bill To Ensure Vital Support Gets To British Consumers This WinterThumbnail for article : Government Introduces New Energy Prices Bill To Ensure Vital Support Gets To British Consumers This Winter
UK government introduces new Energy Prices Bill, putting into law support for consumers with energy costs.   UK government introduces landmark Energy Prices Bill, putting into law support to help households, businesses and others with energy costs this winter, while reducing inflation and supporting economic growth.  
More Than 1.3 Million Winter Vaccines Delivered
Over a million vaccines have been delivered to protect against the latest strains of flu and COVID-19 in the latest efforts to relieve pressure on the NHS over winter.   Frontline healthcare staff and the country's most vulnerable have been immunised at speed - with 80.2% of all care home residents being fully vaccinated since the rollout began in September.  
Scottish Secretary Comments On October Labour Market Statistics
As new ONS figures show a strong labour market, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack says the UK Government's focus on economic growth will benefit people across the UK.   Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said, "With the unemployment rate at a historic low, and many more people on the payroll than this time last year, today's figures show that Scotland’s labour market remains strong.  
Paperless Trade For Uk Businesses To Boost Growth
Paperless Trade For Uk Businesses To Boost Growth Electronic Trade Documents Bill ends need for paper-based trading documents.   The Bill will make digital documentation legally recognised, reduce admin costs and make it easier for British firms to buy and sell internationally.  
Tony Blair Backs Fusion For Energy Security And Climate ChangeThumbnail for article : Tony Blair Backs Fusion For Energy Security And Climate Change
During a visit to UKAEA, Sir Tony Blair underlined his support for fusion energy.   Former prime minister, Sir Tony Blair, underlined his continued support for fusion energy and its role in addressing energy security and climate change for generations to come.  
Record Recruitment To The Ambulance Service
Recruitment to Scotland's ambulance service has hit a record high, helping to boost the service this winter.   A record 540 paramedics, ambulance technicians, call handlers and clinicians have been employed in the last year.  
Highlands And Islands Museums To Get Global Reach With AppThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands Museums To Get Global Reach With App
Five museums across the region will be selected to share their collections, which can range from 100 to 1,000 objects with audiences across the world.   XpoNorth Digital has partnered with Smartify, the world's most downloaded museum app with more than 3 million history and art loving users.  
Exploring Cairngorm's Geothermal PotentialThumbnail for article : Exploring Cairngorm's Geothermal Potential
A feasibility study is getting under way to explore the potential to use natural heat, miles below the Earth's surface, as a renewable energy source at Cairngorm Mountain.   HIE and resort operator Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd have commissioned independent engineering consultants Arup to lead the study.  
Planning Application 17 Units - North of Towerview, South Argo Terrace, Golspie
The application seeks consent for the erection of 17 new units comprising 13 houses (1 detached, 6 semi-detached and 6 terraced) and 4 cottage flats.  3 of the homes would be accessed directly from South Argo Terrace which lies along the southwestern boundary of the site with the remaining units accessed from a new culde-sac which would be formed through the site, in part formalising an existing track which runs along the northern boundary currently.  
West Of Orkney Windfarm Joins Caithness Chamber Of CommerceThumbnail for article : West Of Orkney Windfarm Joins Caithness Chamber Of Commerce
The developer of a major new offshore windfarm has joined the Caithness Chamber of Commerce with an ambition to maximise the long-term economic benefits the project will bring to the north of Scotland.   In January the West of Orkney Windfarm secured the rights to an area of seabed from the Crown Estate Scotland in the highly competitive ScotWind process, to bring forward a 2-gigawatt windfarm around 25km north of the Sutherland coast.  
Save Or Borrow From Hi-Scot Credit Union
HI-Scot Credit Union is the first choice for savings and borrowing in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.   Unlike the High Street banks the focus of HI-Scot Credit Union is on service to members rather than shareholder profit.  
Consultation Launched On Proposed College Merger | Co-chomhairleachadh Air A Chur Air Chois Mun Cho-aonadh Colaiste A Th' Air A Mholadh
A 10-week public consultation on the proposed merger of UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland has been launched today.   This exciting new strategic partnership would create an anchor institution of scale and impact within UHI, and the region, supporting 9000 students and 600 staff in 19 rural and island campus locations across the north of Scotland.  
Opportunity To Represent Your Local Community With Interim Community Council ElectionsThumbnail for article : Opportunity To Represent Your Local Community With Interim Community Council Elections
Nominations are being invited from people seeking election to 15 Highland community councils covering areas in Caithness Sutherland, Easter Ross, Wester Ross, Isle of Raasay, the Black Isle, Inverness, Nairnshire, Badenoch and Strathspey and Lochaber.   Community Councils are voluntary organisations that express the views and concerns of local people within their area across a wide range of issues from new buildings and roads to local services and facilities.  
NHS Dentistry At A Tipping Point, As BBC Reveal True Extent Of Access Crisis
NHS dental practices unable to offer appointments to new adult patients, in the most extensive survey of patient access ever undertaken.   The British Dental Association has pressed government to step up and deliver urgent reform, as new research from the BBC underlines the scale of the access crisis facing NHS patients across the country.  
Retail Returns To Default Settings As The Covid Online Bubble Bursts
With online sales falling to their lowest level since March 2020, Shopify and Amazon have shed staff in a reset to the pre-Covid era.   ParcelHero asks if e-commerce is the victim of its own rapid growth?.  
SSE Renewables Backs Highland Projects With £1.5m In Response To Climate EmergencyThumbnail for article : SSE Renewables Backs Highland Projects With £1.5m In Response To Climate Emergency
SSE Renewables has awarded more than £1.5 million to 20 ‘transformational' projects across the Highlands.   It comes in a bid to help communities respond to the climate emergency, with the projects ranging from decarbonising heat in community facilities in Golspie to the creation of active travel routes in Skye.