Local Authority News
New guidance for local authorities. Guidance on regulating landlords in the private rented sector has issued to all local authorities.
The Highland Council has agreed its approach to potential £160m budget gap. The Highland Council has considered and agreed its strategic approach to an uncertain and challenging financial outlook over the next five years, at its meeting on 7 September.
The Highland Council has agreed to proposals for a restructure of services which will release further savings and streamline management in the Council. The changes would reduce the Senior Management costs of the Council by £235,000 per annum (including on costs).
Chair of the Highland Council's People Committee, Councillor Alasdair Christie, today questioned proposals for changes to the governance of schools, set out in the Scottish Government programme announced this week. Speaking at today's Council meeting, Councillor Christie said: "The biggest risk to our goals for improving children's attainment in education is in the Scottish Government’s plans to dilute the role of Local Authorities.
The Highland Council has agreed a five-year Programme which sets out a number of strategic goals across 5 themes: a place to live, a place to learn, a place to thrive, a welcoming place and a redesigned council. Council Leader, Margaret Davidson said: "Our Programme builds on the foundations of localism that we have been establishing over recent months.
At the start of today's Highland Council meeting Convenor Cllr Bill Lobban paid tribute to Deputy Chief Executive Michelle Morris and wished her well in her new role as Managing Director of Blaenau Gwent Council in Wales. He said: "We will really miss her.
The Highland Council has opted to take the lead in a proposed Strategic Transport Appraisal of the wider Fort William area as a priority, due to congestion and delays on the A82. A motion put to the Council today, 7 September, signed by Councillor N McLean, Councillor A Baxter and Councillor M Smith states: "Highland Council acknowledges that congestion on the A82, as it passes through Fort William, has reached a point where it is causing unacceptable delays for all road users.
Good progress has been made in the delivery of the Council's Programme, Highland First, for the period 01 April 2016 to end 31 March 2017. Of the 72 commitments, 64 (89%) are either complete, progressing well or performance is being maintained.
The integrated health and social care partnership between NHS Highland and The Highland Council performed significantly better or matched national averages in Scotland in eight out of 12 benchmark performance areas, according to a report. The first-ever annual performance report on the North Highland Health and Social Care Partnership (NHHSCP) was stipulated by the Scottish Government this year in order to help gauge and compare the progress of integration of all the health board and council services across Scotland.
The Highland Council has agreed to write to the First Minister regarding Police Scotland's plans for the Inverness Control Room. The motion which was signed by The Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson and the Vice Chair of Corporate Resources Cllr Andrew Baxter states: ‘Highland Council is appalled at the circumstances surrounding the future proposed closure of the Inverness Control Room, a facility that has stood the test of time and countless emergencies with distinction.
‘Don't leave it too late to apply for a licence’ Highland Council’s warns all organisers of community fireworks events. Public entertainment licence applications must be submitted soon to Highland Council if organisers wish to have a licence in place for Bonfire Night.
The resignation from the Scottish National Party and Highland SNP group of Councillors will come as great shock to many party members but seems to be symptomatic of the malaise since the election in May. Councillor Gowans who represents the Inverness South ward has issued a statement - "It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I have arrived at the conclusion that whilst I remain committed to the cause of independence for Scotland, I feel that my personal views and ethos are no longer compatible with those of the leadership of the SNP Highland Group.
Chair of Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee questions Police Control Room decisions Chair of the Council's Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee, Cllr Bill Lobban (Independent), has questioned Police Scotland's proposals for closing the Inverness Control Room and establishing two National Database Enquiry Units (NDEUs). His comments follow a presentation by Police Scotland to members at the local Committee today, Tuesday 5 September.
Members of The Highland Council's Caithness Committee recently welcomed an update of the Wick Associated School Group (ASG) to their committee by the Council's Education Quality Improvement Manager, Barry Northedge. The Wick ASG serves around 1,678 pupils in its area including 986 Primary pupils and 692 Secondary pupils.
The Highland Council's ruling coalition Administration will be presenting its five-year Programme at the Council meeting next week (7 September). The Programme sets out a number of strategic goals delivered through 5 themes: a place to live, a place to learn, a place to thrive, a welcoming place and a redesigned council.
Council to consider long-term financial planning. The Highland Council will consider and agree its strategic approach to an uncertain and challenging financial outlook over the next five years, at its meeting on 7 September 2017.
The Highland Council is working with a national charity to promote safer streets in the city of Inverness. Other towns in Highland including places in Thurso and wick are in preparation.
New ways of offering people more choice and control over their social care can make a real difference but further work is needed to ensure everyone can benefit, says a report out today. Since 2014 councils have been responsible for implementing Self-directed Support (SDS), which offers people more choices around their support and how it is managed.
Highland Council is reassuring all pupils, parents and carers this morning (23 August) that all school transport routes have been covered in Caithness and East Ross following the loss of the contractor Andrew's (Shetland) Ltd. who ceased trading last night (22 August).
Members of The Highland Council's People Committee have agreed to transfer funding from its third sector grants budget to High Life Highland to manage the North Coast Leisure Centre at Bettyhill in Sutherland. Members have agreed that the budget of £39,309 for Tongue and Farr Sports Association (North Coast Leisure Centre, Bettyhill) from the Council's third sector grants budget will be moved to the budget for services commissioned from High Life Highland, and that the service delivery contract with High Life Highland be amended accordingly.