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12/1/2024
Council urges anyone with information about snow pole thefts in Sutherland to report itThumbnail for article : Council urges anyone with information about snow pole thefts in Sutherland to report it
The Highland Council is asking the public to report any information they may have about the theft of snow poles taken from a section of the A838 route in Sutherland.   A member of the public contacted the local roads team to report that 12 snow poles had been cut off to near ground level on the A838 between the Skerricha Junctions (Laxford - Rhiconich).  
9/1/2024
Take The Plunge In 2024 - Places Available On Courses Starting With UHI North, West And Hebrides In January, Including Free Upskilling Short CoursesThumbnail for article : Take The Plunge In 2024 - Places Available On Courses Starting With UHI North, West And Hebrides In January, Including Free Upskilling Short Courses
There's still time to apply for a course starting at UHI North, West and Hebrides in late January, with a limited number of free places on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate upskilling short courses.   The college has more than 100 courses to choose from in January, including a range of full-time and part-time courses at further education, higher education, and postgraduate level, providing options for people leaving school, looking to get back into work, change careers or upskill.  
15/12/2023
Brora Development Trust Secures Nhi Funding SupportThumbnail for article : Brora Development Trust Secures Nhi Funding Support
The Brora Development Trust has been awarded funding from North Highland Initiative to help support families with school aged children with their food bills during the school holidays.   Brora Development Trust is a registered Scottish charity whose function is to address social, economic, environmental and cultural issues in the Brora district, and to enable the community to play a bigger role in shaping its own future.  
4/12/2023
Suppliers Invited To Inaugural Highland Registrars' Wedding Fair
Suppliers working in the wedding market are being invited by Highland Registrars to a newly established Wedding Fair.   The Highland Wedding Fair will take place on Sunday 4 February 2024 with public access from 11.00am - 3.00pm (suppliers will have access from 8:30am) Highland Council's Chief Registrar, Lesley Gray says: "We are delighted to host our first Wedding Fair and are pleased to offer suppliers a table at this exciting new event being held at the Highland Archive and Registration Centre in Inverness." She explained: "All couples, regardless of whether they choose a Registrar to conduct their ceremony, do have to contact the Registration Office for the legal preliminaries to marriage, so we hope to attract plenty of interest.  
4/12/2023
Has Interest In As Many Community Councils Disappeared- Timetable For Community Council Elections Confirmed
The Highland Council has announced the timetable to make a final attempt to reform the 30 Community Council elections that failed to form in September 2023.   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.  
4/12/2023
Council Launches Highland 20mph ConsultationThumbnail for article : Council Launches Highland 20mph Consultation
The Highland Council has launched a public consultation for the Highland-wide 20mph roll-out project and is looking for feedback from communities.   125 Highland settlements are part of the project which equates to around 610km of roads across the Highlands, 590km of which are on Local Authority Roads.  
4/12/2023
GP Surgeries Will Be Closed For Four Days At Christmas December 23-26) And Four Days Again At New Year December 30-january 2
NHS has reminded everyone of the holidays for GP surgeries and to make sure to get repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.   Stock up on cold and flu remedies to treat yourself..  
4/12/2023
Maintenance On Our Web Sites
Our web sites may be offline for a period of time any time this evening until tomorrow morning Scheduled maintenance is being performed on our servers this evening, 4th December, between 19:00 to 5th December 2023 07:00.   This could be anything up to an hour although we plan to keep downtime to much less if possible..  
3/12/2023
Visiting Relatives And Friends This Christmas? Make Sure Your Home Is Safe After DarkThumbnail for article : Visiting Relatives And Friends This Christmas? Make Sure Your Home Is Safe After Dark
Consider carefully what you are putting on social media, especially if you are staying away to visit friends and relatives this Christmas.  Be wary of posting photographs of Christmas parties that contain images of high value jewellery.  
1/12/2023
Msp Welcomes Naver Bridge Tendering
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has welcomed news that the first stage of the tender process to replace the existing Naver Bridge in north-west Sutherland is expected to start imminently.   Mrs Grant made representation to Highland Council earlier this year, highlighting the concerns the community brought to her about the perilous condition of the existing bridge.  
29/11/2023
Scottish Child Payment Helping Families Of More Than 323,000 Children
Total spending on five family payments passes £596 million.   The families of more than 323,000 under-16s were benefitting from Scottish Child Payment at the end of September, official statistics show.  
29/11/2023
Highland Winter Roads Report - Wednesday 29 November 2023Thumbnail for article : Highland Winter Roads Report - Wednesday 29 November 2023
The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.   It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.  
29/11/2023
Pensioners Check This - Countdown To Deadline Day Claim Pension Credit By 10 December And Score Extra £300Thumbnail for article : Pensioners Check This - Countdown To Deadline Day Claim Pension Credit By 10 December And Score Extra £300
Those who apply before the deadline could qualify for an extra £300 Cost of Living boost thanks to Pension Credit backdating rules.   Harry Redknapp teams up with DWP to urge pensioners to apply for Pension Credit ahead of deadline day on 10 December.  
21/11/2023
Yes Vote For Dornoch Business Improvement District
Dornoch businesses have voted yes for the Dornoch Business Improvement District (BID) for a period of 5 years from 1 March 2024 until 28 February 2029.   Ballot papers for the Dornoch BID election were sent to eligible voters on Thursday 28 September 2023 and the businesses had the opportunity to cast their vote for the past seven weeks.  
18/11/2023
Take Part In The Council's Budget Challenge - Council Budgets Are Facing Huge ProblemsThumbnail for article : Take Part In The Council's Budget Challenge  - Council Budgets Are Facing Huge Problems
Highland Council's engagement with communities and staff will help to inform the budget proposals and consequent decisions which will be made in February 2024.  This includes allocating resources to deliver the Council's strategic priorities and enable the best outcomes across the Highlands.  
18/11/2023
Highland Council Agrees Support For 2024 Mountain Bike World Cup EventThumbnail for article : Highland Council Agrees Support For 2024 Mountain Bike World Cup Event
Members of The Highland Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee on 16 November 2023 agreed to use up to £100,000 from its UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to support costs associated with the hosting of the 2024 Fort William Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup Event.   Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Ken Gowans, said: "In August this year, Fort William very successfully hosted the UCI Cycling World Championships downhill mountain bike event at Nevis Range, drawing a huge number of competitors and spectators and showcasing what the region has to offer through its world-wide media coverage.  
18/11/2023
Hunt Warned Against Cutting Tax For Wealthy While Making Stealth Raid On 36m WorkersThumbnail for article : Hunt Warned Against Cutting Tax For Wealthy While Making Stealth Raid On 36m Workers
Jeremy Hunt has been warned against using next week's autumn statement to announce pre-election tax cuts for the wealthy while overseeing a multibillion-pound stealth raid on the incomes of 36 million workers.   With the Conservatives trailing in opinion polls, the chancellor is considering deep cuts to inheritance tax for his set-piece speech to the Commons on Wednesday after receiving upbeat figures for the public finances from official forecasters.  
17/11/2023
Committee Updated On Highland 20mph Roll-out - Some Roads May Revert To 30mphThumbnail for article : Committee Updated On Highland 20mph Roll-out - Some Roads May Revert To 30mph
A report presented on Thursday 16 November 2023 at the Environment and Infrastructure Committee of Highland Council provided members with an update on the overall 20mph programme in Highland ahead of a planned public consultation which will be launched in December.   The report included the consideration for reverting some roads or sections of them back to 30mph speed limits.  
17/11/2023
Social Care Workforce - Campaign Highlights Rewarding And Varied Careers
A campaign has been launched to support the recruitment of more adult social care workers and help address vacancies.   The new Adult Social Care recruitment drive, ‘You can make the difference' includes TV, radio, outdoor and digital advertising.  
17/11/2023
Supporting Child Literacy And Numeracy In Scotland
Children across Scotland will be gifted a quarter of a million books and counting activities as part of the Read Write Count with the First Minister programme.   Around 248,000 books will be given to pupils in primary two and three this year as part of a programme underlining the First Minster's personal commitment to supporting child literacy and numeracy learning across the country.