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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.  
25/7/2020
Her Majestys Passport Office Update On Passport Applications
Immediate changes to help those who urgently require a passport to travel.   The necessary public health measures taken to suppress the spread of COVID-19 have had an impact on provision of passport services.  
25/7/2020
Quarantine Rules Lifted For Five Countries
Public health measures lifted for more travellers.   Travellers from an additional five countries will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Scotland.  
24/7/2020
Retail Sales Claw Back To Normal Levels, But Online Snatches Over 30%
Today's ONS retail statistics for June show retail sales up 1.5% YOY - but ParcelHero warns stores not to celebrate yet: 31.8% of those sales were made online.   The Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail sales figures for June showed sales soared by over 13% compared to May, to reach near-normal levels.  
24/7/2020
More Materials To Be Accepted At Household Waste Recycling Centres
The Highland Council announced on Thursday 23 July 2020 additional materials will start to be accepted at many of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) across the region and some opening times extended as part of the planned phased reopening.   Wood and scrap metal have now been added to the range of items that are accepted at the majority of facilities where the layout and size of the site allows.  
24/7/2020
Tax Credits Deadline: Customers At Risk Of Losing Out
People whose circumstances have changed in the last year or who have received a letter to reconfirm their income details must contact HMRC before 31 July 2020.   Tax credits customers have just one week left to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about changes to their circumstances or income before the deadline on 31 July 2020.  
23/7/2020
Don't get petfished: vets And celebrities lead public warnings Against cruel And Opportunist Lockdown Pet Sellers 
Prospective puppy and kitten owners warned of risks of being ‘Petfished' when buying a pet online following lockdown demand surge.   Vets, charities and animal-loving celebrities have joined forces with a government campaign to warn against unknowingly buying puppies, kittens, cats and dogs from unscrupulous sellers amid a rise in demand for pets since lockdown.  
23/7/2020
Shielding To Be Paused In Scotland
People who have been advised to shield because of Covid-19, will no longer have to do so from 1 August.   Those affected will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith outlining updated guidance as well as the pause in shielding, which is possible due to the continuing low levels of Covid-19 infection in Scotland.  
23/7/2020
£50million Additional Funding For 850 More Teachers In ScotlandThumbnail for article : £50million Additional Funding For 850 More Teachers In Scotland
Funding of £50 million will be ring-fenced for the recruitment of approximately 850 extra teachers and around 200 additional support staff as local authorities plan for the re-opening of schools.   Addressing Parliament, Education Secretary John Swinney also pledged that £20 million will be allocated to help councils with additional costs associated with new health protection measures, school transport, enhanced cleaning and other essential logistical issues.  
22/7/2020
Budget Deficit Reaches £128 Billion In Just Three Months
From the Office For Budget Responsibility.   The budget deficit continues to rise sharply.  
22/7/2020
Why Sending A Small Parcel To The Usa Could Now Cost An Epacket
President Trump picked an international fight over cheap e-commerce imports into the USA last year.  For some companies using the US Postal Service for final delivery, this means the cost has gone up by over 100%.  
21/7/2020
Overdraft Changes 2020: What Fees Are Going Up? It May Be Time To Stop Or Reduce Using An OverdraftThumbnail for article : Overdraft Changes 2020: What Fees Are Going Up? It May Be Time To Stop Or Reduce Using An Overdraft
Last year the FCA announced that overdraft fee regulations would change in April 2020.  Complex overdraft fees and the variance of fee structure amongst banks made it difficult for consumers to calculate the true cost of an overdraft and compare offers.  
21/7/2020
Up To £10 Billion Of The Chancellor's plan For Jobs Will Be Funded By Underspends On Previously Planned Projects
David Phillips writing for the Institute for Fiscal Studies.   The UK Government is spending big on supporting public services and the economy through the COVID-19 recovery and beyond.  
21/7/2020
Why Sending A Small Parcel To The Usa Could Now Cost An EpacketThumbnail for article : Why Sending A Small Parcel To The Usa Could Now Cost An Epacket
President Trump picked an international fight over cheap e-commerce imports into the USA last year.  For some companies using the US Postal Service for final delivery, this means the cost has gone up by over 100%.  
21/7/2020
£17bn Pensions Blunder Illustrates The Cost Of Political Incompetence
Among the tens and hundreds of billions of pounds the government has been spending to support the economy in the midst of the current crisis, you might have missed the odd £17 billion that it is planning to shell out to rectify a major cock-up.  This particular cock-up relates to reforms to the pensions provided to public sector employees.