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8/12/2016
Taxi fare review in Highland 2016/17
The Highland Licensing Committee is recommending a number of changes to existing taxi fares following an annual review.   The proposed changes, which would take effect from end March next year, are: • Increase Tariff 1 running mileage from £1.40 to £1.50 per mile; •Increase waiting time from the current £18.00 per hour to £25 per hour.  
8/12/2016
Smoking in cars with children
New law which makes it illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying anyone under 18 came into force on Monday 5 December.   The legislation was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament last year.  
The Old Salt StoreThumbnail for article : The Old Salt Store
Introducing 'THE OLD SALT STORE' at Heat Centre, Burn Street, WICK, the new in-store shop stocking Cookware, Dinnerware, Bakeware and Drinkware including Le Creuset and Denby.   Opening hours Monday to Friday - 0900 hours to 1700 hours Saturday - 1000 hours to 1600 hours.  
3/12/2016
Extending FOI to landlords
Views sought on extending FOI legislation to Registered Social Landlords.   The Scottish Government is launching a consultation on proposals to extend FOI legislation to Registered Social Landlords.  
30/11/2016
Further delay to Wick Campus handover and opening
The Highland Council has been notified by hub North Scotland Limited that the expected handover date for the Wick Campus facility is now Thursday 8 December 2016, slipped from Friday 2 December as previously notified to stakeholders.   The Council is deeply disappointed by this further delay, and has escalated concerns with hub North Scotland Limited and Morrison Construction Limited to understand reasons for the delay, and seek assurances on the revised handover date.  
Standard of living more costly in rural Scotland
The level of income required to afford a socially acceptable standard of living and to participate in society is ten to thirty per cent more expensive in remote rural Scotland than elsewhere in the UK.   The report on Minimum Income Standard for Remote Rural Scotland 2016, published today (Wednesday 30 November), was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Enterprise (SE), the Rural and Islands Housing Association Forum (RIHAF) and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).  
27/11/2016
Brown bin service stops for winterThumbnail for article : Brown bin service stops for winter
With the onset of winter, householders are reminded that The Highland Council garden waste collections will cease for a period of 3 months from the beginning of December.   There will be no brown bin collections in December 2016, January or February 2017.  
27/11/2016
Brexit hits households hard
Family budgets to be further squeezed following Autumn Statement.   As the impact of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement is examined by think-tanks and independent analysts, it is clear that the UK’s weak economic outlook and the UK Government’s austerity policies will hit low income family incomes hardest, Finance Minister Derek Mackay said.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week commencing 21 November 2016 Energy & business services: Representatives of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd were in Wick yesterday (Thursday 24th) to give a public update on progress with the project, and perhaps more specifically with plans to use Wick harbour as the Operations & Maintenance base for the project.  The event was very busy, and it was great to be able to talk to key personnel involved in the project.  
27/11/2016
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 25 November 2016
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 25th) sold 925 store sheep of all classes.  Lambs (567) sold to £75.50 gross for a pen of Suffolk crosses from East Croft Roy, Newtonmore.  
27/11/2016
Review into capital projects identifies recent improvements
The initial findings of a review into the delivery of educational capital projects have identified a number of recent improvements and recommendations are being developed for future arrangements.   The review commenced in October at the request of the Council Leader following a number of issues with programming and quality in capital projects for new schools.  
25/11/2016
Council Leader outraged at scrapping of HIE Board
Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson is seeking clarification from Depute First Minister John Swinney about reports claiming that the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to be scrapped and replaced with a centralised committee.   Councillor Davidson said: "If it is correct - it is totally unacceptable that the Scottish Government is to centralise the decision-making powers of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  
HIE will continue in its present form, says ChairmanThumbnail for article : HIE will continue in its present form, says Chairman
The chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has said he is fully confident about the future of the organisation.   Responding to reports this week, speculating about the agencies future following the Scottish Government's review of enterprise and skills bodies, Professor Lorne Crerar, said he had had absolute reassurance from Scottish Government that HIE will continue in its present form.  
25/11/2016
Audit makes recommendations to improve collection of rental income
An audit report to Audit and Scrutiny Committee today, 24 November 2016, has made recommendations to improve the collection of rental income.   Audit findings estimated that up to £10,000 rental income could potentially have been lost, however this is against a context of total rental income in excess of £3 million per annum.  
23/11/2016
Unrest grows at Caithness nuclear decommissioning site
The prospect of industrial unrest at the Dounreay nuclear decommissioning site in Caithness is growing after DSRL, the company which employs most of the staff on site (2), indicated it was not prepared to increase its 1% pay offer to staff.  This was despite a ballot, which attracted a high turnout, indicating an overwhelming rejection by union members.  
23/11/2016
STRIKE ACTION SET TO RESUME IN SCOTLAND'S COLLEGES
More disruption looms for Scotland's colleges if employers fail to give support staff a fair deal.   UNISON, the trade union for college support staff, has today (Tuesday) written to Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association and Scottish Ministers to urge a fair negotiated settlement to this long running dispute.  
23/11/2016
Review into capital projects identifies recent improvements
The initial findings of a review into the delivery of educational capital projects have identified a number of recent improvements and recommendations are being developed for future arrangements.   The review commenced in October at the request of the Council Leader following a number of issues with programming and quality in capital projects for new schools.  
20/11/2016
Housing officer showing compassion is Council's Employee of the YearThumbnail for article : Housing officer showing compassion is Council's Employee of the Year
Gail Ward, a Housing Policy officer with The Highland Council has been named Employee of the Year for the care and compassion she has shown in welcoming Syrian refugees to the Highlands and her work to ease the impact Welfare Reform has had on individuals.   In nominating Gail, Head of Housing David Goldie said:: "Although Gail has always been a strong member of the team and displayed a genuine commitment and enthusiasm for the work she does, my reason for nominating her for this award relates to her willingness to take on and embrace the challenges associated with two of our most significant areas of work over the last year." The first area relates to Welfare Reform.  
20/11/2016
Partners clamp down on illegal shellfish operations in Highland
A multi-agency enforcement operation took place in the Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland on Wednesday 16 November 2016.   The operation, led by Highland Council's Environmental Health Service, included participation by a number of partner agencies, including HMRC, Gangmasters Licensing Authority, Police Scotland, Borders Agency and Marine Scotland Compliance.  
20/11/2016
Education governance review
Scottish Government ‘will not end up running schools'.   The Scottish Government will not end up running schools as a result of the education governance review, the Deputy First Minister has said.