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News Archive


26/3/2017
Pay Settlement For NHS Staff
One per cent increase and extra measures for lowest paid.   A pay increase has been confirmed for all NHS Scotland staff for the fourth year in a row.  
26/3/2017
Final Chance For Students To Submit 2016-2017 Saas Applications
Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) would like to remind any students who have not yet submitted their 2016-2017 application for funding and tuition fees, to do so now and before the 31 March 2017 closing date.   With just over one week to go until applications close for the current academic session there are still a number of students who have yet to apply.  
26/3/2017
Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) Update
Changes to 2018 support scheme.   The future of the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) has been outlined by Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing.  
26/3/2017
Support for young people at risk of being pushed into homelessness
More young people in Scotland will be at risk of homelessness due to UK Government changes to housing benefit, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has said.   The changes, due to take effect from 1 April, will remove the entitlement to housing support for 18 to 21 year-olds in receipt of Universal Credit who do not have a specific exemption, such as disability or childcare.  
26/3/2017
Trust In Scottish Government Falls
The Chief Statistician today released a set of Official Statistics drawn from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2016, covering a range of topics including attitudes to government, economy, standard of living and the NHS and political engagement.   In 2016, 65% trusted the Scottish Government to work in Scotland's best interests and 40% to make fair decisions, down from 73% and 49% respectively in 2015.  
24/3/2017
Berriedale Braes Road Improvement Another Step CloserThumbnail for article : Berriedale Braes Road Improvement Another Step Closer
The procurement of the scheme will begin in the new financial year, with construction planned for 2018.   Transport Scotland continues to work closely with the following funding Partners to progress this project: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority HITRANs The Highland Council Made orders were published on 24 March 2017.  
24/3/2017
Meygen Phase 1a Approaches 400mwh Of GenerationThumbnail for article : Meygen Phase 1a Approaches 400mwh Of Generation
Atlantis, a global leader in the tidal power sector, confirms that having entered operation in November 2016 and been awarded full Ofgem accreditation as a 5 ROC project in February 2017, the MeyGen array continues to deliver clean, sustainable and predictable electricity to the National Grid.   In the first three weeks of March, average generation has been sufficient to power the equivalent of 1,250 UK homes and individually the power performance of the turbines has exceeded the contractual output guarantees, putting the project on track to achieve capacity factors significantly in excess of 40%.  
24/3/2017
Accessible childcare - improvements announcedThumbnail for article : Accessible childcare - improvements announced
FM announces fund to improve access to free ELC entitlement.   Children with additional support needs will have improved access to nursery education thanks to £2 million announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.  
24/3/2017
Guidance For Land Owners - Consultation On Best Way To Engage Local Communities
Good relations between land owners and communities are at the heart of planned new guidance on engagement when making decisions that affect local people.   Draft guidance being consulted on contains best practices for land owners and land managers when they take decisions that impact on their local community - covering the ‘why, where, when, who and how' of effective engagement with local people and groups.  
24/3/2017
Future Of Childcare Provision
Minister confirms quality and choice at heart of new funding model for ELC expansion.   Parents will have more choice than ever before when accessing their child's funded nursery provision the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald has announced.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 20th March 2017 Energy & business services: Last week Swedish company Hexicon was given consent from Scottish Government for its Dounreay Tri floating offshore wind project.  As previously highlighted here, the company has announced commitments to work with Scrabster Harbour Trust to establish an Operations & Maintenance base for the project, and with North Highland College UHI to establish apprenticeship training, should it reach financial closure.  
24/3/2017
Deputy First Minister Sets Out Agenda for Scottish EducationThumbnail for article : Deputy First Minister Sets Out Agenda for Scottish Education
The status quo in education is ‘not an option' if Scotland is to close the attainment gap and raise the bar for all, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said.   In a major speech setting out his agenda for Scottish education, Mr Swinney highlighted its strengths - including the achievements of young people and teachers - and acknowledged the challenges being faced.  
24/3/2017
Support For Scotland's Food And Drink Industry
New funding to further support Scotland's "phenomenal" food and drink industry has been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.   The Scottish Government, its enterprise agencies, and the food and drink industry are supporting delivery of the new food and drink strategy - ‘Ambition 2030’ – through a new £10 million funding package.  
22/3/2017
Independent Panel Established For £3m Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm FundThumbnail for article : Independent Panel Established For £3m Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Fund
An independent panel has been established to review applications and determine which projects will receive funding from the £3 million Beatrice Partnership Fund.   The Beatrice Partnership Fund, which was launched in December 2016 and is associated with the Beatrice offshore wind farm currently under construction in the Moray Firth, is part of a wider package of benefits being offered by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL), the joint venture partnership behind the wind farm.  
22/3/2017
Food And Drink Figures Mostly Up Except DairyThumbnail for article : Food And Drink Figures Mostly Up Except Dairy
Seafood and whisky exports increase but Dairy down Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion.   The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland's successful food and drink sector over the past year.  
22/3/2017
8,000 childcare staff to earn the living wage
Scotland's early learning and childcare (ELC) expansion plans will be built on a foundation of fairness and equality, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed this week.   Currently, around 80% of practitioners and half of supervisors in the private and third sector providers that deliver the Scottish Government's 600 hours of free ELC are not paid the Living Wage.  
22/3/2017
Caithness To Moray Energy Link On TargetThumbnail for article : Caithness To Moray Energy Link On Target
Energy firm Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has announced an "important milestone" in its £1.1billion Caithness-Moray undersea link project.   The company said new equipment installed at its Dounreay substation had been "successfully energised" as part of reinforcement work on power connections in the area.  
22/3/2017
Brexit and Indyref2 will act as brake on growth, report findsThumbnail for article : Brexit and Indyref2 will act as brake on growth, report finds
Scotland's economy continues to recover - but political uncertainty over Brexit and Indyref2 will act as brake on growth, report finds.   Recovery in the Scottish economy is forecast to continue this year but will remain weak with little hope of a sharp increase in growth, according to a new report published today by Scotland's leading independent economic research institute.  
22/3/2017
Increased Funding For Digital SkillsThumbnail for article : Increased Funding For Digital Skills
£36 million available to Scottish business.   A new digital growth fund will be announced by the First Minister this week.  
22/3/2017
Record year for food and drink exportsThumbnail for article : Record year for food and drink exports
Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion.   The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland's successful food and drink sector over the past year.