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Community Projects Get £25 Million Funding - Brora Heritage Success
More than £25 million is going to disadvantaged and remote communities around Scotland to support regeneration and employment projects.   The money from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) will go to 26 projects to tackle inequalities and deliver inclusive growth.  
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HMRC is ready to help with changes to VAT for the Construction Industry.   Get Ready Now To Avoid Problems.  
Monthly GDP Estimates For November
Scotland's GDP fell by 1.4% in November, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician.  This is the first drop in GDP after six months of growth following the easing of the first lockdown in 2020.  
Support For Childminders
Funding of £1 million has been made available for childminders who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Grants of up to £1,000 each will be made to eligible childminding providers, and work is now underway with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) to finalise the details of the scheme.  
Green Ports To Aid Economic Recovery
Proposals have been unveiled for a new model of green ports focused on inclusive growth, fair work practices and delivering a net zero economy.   The Scottish Government is developing plans to establish fair, sustainable, green ports.  
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The Council's ICT in Learning team have been working hard to continue to support our school communities as we deliver remote learning to all children and young people across Highland.   Chair of Education committee, Cllr John Finlayson said: "I want to thank all of our staff in Education who have worked incredibly hard to ensure that our school communities are receiving support and a quality education experience.  
A Fairer Recovery From The Pandemic
Tackling poverty and inequality can be central to Scotland's recovery from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a new report.   The Social Renewal Advisory Board has published 20 Calls to Action to help create a fairer country, with recommendations around the themes of Money and Work; People, Rights and Advancing Equality; and Communities and Collective Endeavour.  
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Enrolment for all ELC providers, including local authority nurseries, partner settings and commissioned childminders, will take place online this year.   Enrolment week for ELC places will take place on Monday 8 February to Friday 12 February 2021.  
Highland Council Formally Rejects Boundary Commission's Proposals
Following discussions at the recent Council meeting, the Council Leader has formally written to the Local Government Boundary Commission on their proposals for councillor numbers and ward boundaries in the Highland Council area.   She advised the Boundary Commission that the Council rejected the Commission's proposals in their entirety and formally requested that they halt this process immediately and review the whole issue of remote and rural area boundaries and councillor numbers in consultation with the Highland Council and other local authorities who have mainland councils with inhabited islands.  
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New fund to support taxi and private hire drivers affected by the pandemic will launch this week.   Local authorities will directly approach an estimated 38,000 private hire and taxi drivers inviting them to claim a £1,500 grant to assist with fixed costs, boosting the support from other funding for loss of income available through the Scottish and UK Governments.  
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The Highland Council is encouraging businesses to sign up to an upcoming free webinar event to find out more about public contract opportunities.   The Council, along with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, have teamed up with the Supplier Development Programme (SDP), a free business support service that offers tender training and advice to Scottish micro, small and medium sized businesses.  
Extra Funding To Support Unpaid Carers
An investment of £750,000 in local carer centres will increase support for unpaid carers of all ages, helping them to take a break from caring and access other much-needed help.   This recognises some of the challenges faced by unpaid carers, with many regular sources of support having stopped or moved online due to the pandemic.  
If You Intend To Travel Abroad Check Your Health Insurance Following Brexit
Before you travel, make sure you've got a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or travel insurance with health cover You may not have access to free emergency medical treatment and could be charged for your healthcare if you do not have an EHIC or GHIC when visiting an EU country, or travel insurance when visiting Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.   If you have an EHIC it will still be valid while it remains in date.  
Dry Cleaning Firms Facing Hardship
MSP Rhoda Grant has called for the Scottish Government to extend its business support schemes to industries including the dry cleaning sector which are struggling during the pandemic and do not qualify for government support.   The Highlands & Islands Labour MSP spoke in Holyrood today asking Ministers to step in with a support package.  
Extending Support For Hospitality, Retail And Leisure - January Grants Top-up Announced.
A significant top-up to the grant support available for hospitality, retail and leisure businesses across Scotland closed by level 4 restrictions will be paid following an announcement by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes.   In addition to the grants businesses receive through the Strategic Business Framework Fund, eligible businesses will also get a one off grant of.  
At Least 250,000 Uk Small Businesses Set To Fold Without Further Help, New Study Warns
FSB publishes the findings from its latest Small Business Index study.   Quarterly Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI) shows confidence at second lowest ebb in report's ten-year history.  
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England has gone into a tough lockdown to halt spiralling COVID-19 hospitalisations and relieve pressure on its health system.  The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has said the new lockdown will last at least seven weeks, but it's safe to assume that, with many hospitals near capacity, it will stay in place as long as is needed to suppress the threat of the NHS being overwhelmed.  
Concerns Grow After Fake Covid Vaccine Scams Emerge
The Highland Council 's Trading Standards team and NHS Highland are warning Highland residents to be very aware of the latest Covid scams that are emerging across the UK.   It is very likely that these scams are linked and the consequences of being a victim of these scams may go beyond financial harm.  
Covid-19s £669m Impact On Scottish Government Finances
The Scottish Government overspent its 2019/20 budget by nearly £700 million responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.   Net spending for the year across the government's consolidated accounts was £39,385 million - £669 million more than budget.  
Oxford Astrazeneca Vaccine National Roll-out In Scotland
Doses to be administered at over 1,000 GP practices and community centres.   Many more people will receive the first dose of the Oxford/Astrazeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in GP practices and community vaccination centres across Scotland from tomorrow (Monday 11 January 2021) The vaccine, approved for use in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on 30 December, has already been administered in primary care settings in NHS Tayside, Lothian, Orkney and Highland.