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Index Of Social And Economic Well-being Shows Scotland Dropping Down The TableThumbnail for article : Index Of Social And Economic Well-being Shows Scotland Dropping Down The Table
Scotland has experienced a fall of five places in the Index of Social and Economic Well-being (ISEW) of 32 OECD countries and a drop of 0.05 between 2006 and 2018.   This is according to the latest report from Scottish Trends.  
Bankers ignore lessons of the pastThumbnail for article : Bankers ignore lessons of the past
A new book by Ray Perman - Rise and Fall of the City of Money - A Financial History of Edinburgh "The day the bankers went to prison".   - See talk by Ray Perman on Youtube at the bottom of this page.  
Procrastination Is Costing UK Businesses £21 Billion a YearThumbnail for article : Procrastination Is Costing UK Businesses £21 Billion a Year
New survey reveals the average UK worker spends 2 hours and 9 minutes each day procrastinating.   If you often find yourself drifting off and wasting time at work, you're not alone.  
City Deals Lack Measures Of SuccessThumbnail for article : City Deals Lack Measures Of Success
City deals have been positive for Scotland's economy, but the government does not have a plan to measure their overall long-term success, say public spending watchdogs.   City Region and Growth Deals have enabled economic development projects across Scotland that may not otherwise have gone ahead and sparked increased collaboration between councils and their partners.  
Pension changes coming for top earners
See Article HERE.  
Smaller Wind Farm For Drum Holliston ProposedThumbnail for article : Smaller Wind Farm For Drum Holliston Proposed
On 21st January 2020 members of the North Planning committee of Highland Council we presented with a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for wind farm at Drum Holliston, Caithness.   No comments were made by councillors and the applicant will proceed to a full planning application.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 January 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 21st) sold 8 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (8) averaged 201.0p (+6.8p) and sold to 204.0p per kg and £1,252.40 gross.  
Engineering Apprenticeships (mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation) Closing Date 19 February 2020Thumbnail for article : Engineering Apprenticeships (mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation) Closing Date 19 February 2020
Starting Salary: £12,595 in Year 1 rising to £18,191 in Year 4.   Dounreay is working at the forefront of nuclear decommissioning, waste management and environmental restoration.  
Getting Brexit Done - What Happens Now?
The Institute for Government sums up what is to come.   The UK is set to leave the EU on 31 January 2020 and enter the transition period - a milestone in the Brexit process.  
Job Losses Likely At Highland Airports As Plans Move Forward
Wick John O'Groats airports one of the airports that would be downgraded and cameras installed to be controlled from New Century House in Inverness Highlands and Islands, Airports Ltd has announced air traffic control for five Scottish regional airports is to be undertaken centrally from Inverness, The change will involve Sumburgh, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall and Stornoway.   The move is in order to modernise with much more computer control and camera systems at the airports.  
Better Banking: A Public-Good Banking Network For Scotland
Many people feel frustrated by the Big Banks and they way they are closing branches and continuing to with draw from communities and their continuing reductions in lending to smaller local businesses.   A new report published by Common Weal this week shows there is another way for banking already in use in other countries that is rooted in a banking system owned by its customers.  
Storm damage takes its toll on Highland roadsThumbnail for article : Storm damage takes its toll on Highland roads
Storm Brendan has taken its toll on roads and infrastructure across the Highlands.   Localised flooding, wind and ice has caused damage to roads, paths, car parks and walls in numerous areas including Applecross, Lochaber and Caithness and Sutherland.  
170,000 Children Eligible For New Benefit
Applications will be taken in advance for Scottish Child Payment to help with expected high demand.   An estimated 170,000 children will be eligible for the new £10 weekly Scottish Child Payment when it goes live later this year.  
If You Use Overdrafts Then Time To Consider Changing As Charges About To Soar
The Money Advice Service has advice on their blog and what the changes to overdraft fees mean for you.   Major changes affecting your overdraft will be introduced in April 2020, but some banks and building societies will introduce these changes earlier.  
Dounreay - Socio-economic Report 2018 To 2019
Published 15 January 2020.   Details The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's decommissioning agenda offers both challenges and opportunities for the communities in which we operate.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 16 January 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (January, 16 th ) sold 2,723 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (1,761) averaged £68.06 and sold to £107 for a Rouge from Woodside, Muir of Tarradale.  
MSPs Press The Case For Women's Custody Facility In The North
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf, in Parliament today about facilities for women prisoners from the Highlands and Islands and Moray.   During Portfolio Questions, Mr Stewart asked the Cabinet Secretary what plans the Scottish Government has for a new women's community integration unit in the Highlands and Islands.  
Uniform Business Rate Reforms
Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes has replied to a letter from the Scottish business community highlighting the Scottish Government's support for maintaining the Uniform Business Rate.   In the letter she echoed concerns that the amendment to devolve control of rates to local authorities would create risk and uncertainty for both ratepayers and local authorities.  
Planning Permission & Building Warrant - Advice From ThermohausThumbnail for article : Planning Permission & Building Warrant - Advice From Thermohaus
The latest article on building your own house from Thermohaus.   See links below for all the earlier articles.