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State of the Economy
The Scottish economy was growing in the run up to the EU referendum and unemployment has continued to fall, the latest State of the Economy report published today shows.   In the report, the Scottish Government's Chief Economist, Dr Gary Gillespie, sets out the key trends in the Scottish economy in the first half of 2016, the emerging signals in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum and the outlook for the coming year.  
Business boost
More than 20,000 businesses will benefit from a £60 million investment, with EU money being used to grow Scotland's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).   The European Regional Development Fund support will bolster the business growth pipeline, allowing companies to access the help they need to expand.  
Tackling fuel poverty
The definition of fuel poverty is to be reviewed to ensure help is targeted at those who need it most.   This is one of over 100 recommendations, made in two reports published today, to address the issue of fuel poverty which will now be considered in full by Ministers.  
Scotland's forests grow
Plans to plant 1200 hectares of new woodland across Scotland have been backed with £6.5 million in funding.   At over twice the amount awarded in any previous month, this is the highest level of funding awarded since the Scotland's Forestry Grant Scheme was set up in 2015, as land owners prepare for spring planting in 2017.  
Supporting veterans into employment
A project to recruit veterans into the private sector and harness their unique skills and experience has been launched today [Monday, 24th October] by Veterans Minister Keith Brown.   The Supporting Veterans into Employment initiative encourages businesses of all sizes and sectors to proactively recruit and benefit from employing veterans in the civilian workforce and will be delivered by Business in the Community, with funding from the Scottish Government.  
Alcohol Minimum unit pricing upheld
Scotland's Court of Session has given its approval to Scottish Government plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.   In a landmark ruling today, the court has rejected the legal challenge from the Scotch Whisky Association, ruling for the second time that the policy is lawful.  
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The Highland Council welcomed a visit from Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security, on Thursday 20 October.   The purpose of the visit is to discuss the Scottish Welfare Fund and Universal Credit and the visit presented an opportunity for senior members and officers to demonstrate best practice in Highland and to put forward views towards the consultation on devolved Social Security in Scotland.  
The rise and rise of the UK's Muslim mumpreneurs
The UK is seeing a huge rise in female Muslim entrepreneurs opening new businesses whilst juggling hectic family lives.   From fashion to toy stores, cosmetics to mocktails - female businesses now operate in a wide range of sectors.  
Highland Council Pre-Budget Statement
The Highland Council is anticipating it may have to make savings of £47 million to £72 million over the next 3 years, with a budget gap of some £26 million next year (2017-18) The financial environment is very challenging, with an unprecedented degree of uncertainty which makes planning very difficult.  There will be a very short timescale to react and provide options for budget savings once the Scottish Government settlement is made known on 15 December.  
Councillor calls for people to vote for Dornoch
Dornoch is the only Scottish finalist in the Great British High Street Awards and local Councillor Jim McGillivray is calling for people to cast their vote to give the Sutherland village a chance of winning.   He said: "Across all fourteen categories of the awards, Dornoch is the only Scottish finalist, and we're up against Leominister and Stockton on Tees in the Rising Star category, both of which have much larger populations than we do.  
Careers In Caring With Crossroads
Crossroads Caring Scotland is the leading voluntary sector provider of support for carers and their families.   Established as a charity in Scotland in 1978, we have 22 managed services helping people live independently at home.  
Colleges strikes delayed to give talks a chance to succeed, says UNISON
UNISON Scotland and GMB today (Wednesday 19 October 2016) announced they will delay strike action to give talks with ACAS a chance to succeed.   The move follows two days of strike action last month that saw chaos across the country's 20 colleges.  
Redesign Board makes recommendation for future of janitorial and catering services
The Redesign Board of The Highland Council will recommend keeping Catering, Cleaning and Facilities Management/Janitorial Services (CCFM) in house within the Council.   Options for the future management of Catering, Cleaning and Facilities Management/Janitorial Services (CCFM) were considered by the Redesign Board today.  
Consent granted for new wind farm near Lairg
Creag Riabhach wind farm to generate enough power for 36,000 homes.   Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has today given consent for the construction of a 22 turbine wind farm in the Highlands.  
Fall in Scottish unemployment
Unemployment rates in Scotland fell by nearly one percentage point over the last quarter to 4.6%, the lowest rate of unemployment since 2008 according to the latest ONS statistics published today.   The Labour Market Statistics for June to August 2016 show Scotland continues to outperform the UK on female employment, unemployment and inactivity rates.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 15 October 2016
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 15th) sold 286 weaned calves and store cattle, 27 OTM cattle and 5 adult head of breeding cattle.   Bullocks (179) averaged 241.8p sold to 361.3p per kg for a 155kg Limousin cross from Keil Farm, Ardgour, and £890 gross for a 405kg Aberdeen Angus cross from Glendoe Estates, Fort Augustus.  
£11.5m for secondary schools to close attainment gap - Wick High School In The North
More than a hundred secondary schools will receive up to £11.5 million for projects to close the attainment gap, Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed today.   The funding will enable up to 133 secondary schools with pupils living in areas of deprivation to improve their literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.  
Public to design social security system
At least 2,000 people who have direct experience of receiving benefits are to help shape Scotland's first ever social security system.   People from across the country who currently receive a benefit which will be devolved to Scotland, or who have received it in the last year, will be recruited to help to design and test the new system to ensure it works for them.  
Scottish Land Commission To Be Based In Inverness
Key land reform body to bring around 20 new jobs to Inverness.   The Scottish Land Commission, including five Land Commissioners, the Tenant Farming Commissioner and support staff, will be based in Inverness, Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham will announce.