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Trading Standards in Scotland act to drive consumer complaints about motor cars off the number 1 spotThumbnail for article : Trading Standards in Scotland act to drive consumer complaints about motor cars off the number 1 spot
Consumer complaints about second-hand cars have topped the complaints "league table" in Scotland for many years.   Common problems include mechanical issues, misdescribed cars and history.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 17 September 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 17th) sold 17 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (4) averaged 196.7p (+2.2p) and sold to 209.0p per kg for a 540kg Limousin cross from Ashley, North Kessock selling to Messrs Fraser Brothers, Butchers, Dingwall and £1,301.50 gross for a 685kg Simmental cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall.  
New Funeral Payment Launches
A new benefit to help low income families meet the costs of a funeral is open for applications.   The payment - which is being delivered by Social Security Scotland - will help towards the cost of a funeral.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 September 2019
PORTREE, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 16th) sold 2,405 store lambs & feeding sheep.   Lambs (2,240) averaged £39.13 (+£5.38 on the year) and sold to £69 gross for Crosses from 15 Glenconon, Uig.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 13 September 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 13th) sold 4,970 store lambs.   Cheviot wedder lambs (1,192) averaged £40.64 and sold to £56.00 gross from Free Farm, Tomatin.  
Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards - Short List
Local food and drink businesses are celebrating after being named finalists in the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards (HIFAD) 2019.   HIFAD celebrate passion, quality and innovation throughout the region.  
The death of the US billionaire t Boone Pickens, from Texas, has been revealed.   His Mesa Petroleum Inc.  
Survey Finds Majority Of Highlands And Islands Businesses Use Fair Work Practices
The latest Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Business Panel Survey published today (10 September) shows that 89% of companies across the region are offering benefits such as competitive levels of pay, training and skills development, flexible working and paying the living wage.   Over a thousand businesses across the region took part in the latest survey conducted between 10 June and 8 July.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 12 September 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 12th) sold 8,231 store lambs.   Cheviot lambs averaged £44.06 (+£0.34 on the year) and sold to £70 gross for a pen of ewe lambs from Ardchronie, Ardgay.  
MSP raises question of criminals targeting business due to bank cuts and closures
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has questioned Kate Forbes, the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, about reports that criminals are targeting rural businesses due to the lack of facilities to bank cash.   Mrs Grant, at General Questions in Holyrood today, asked what the Scottish Government was doing to support Highlands and Islands businesses experiencing losses due to cuts in rural banking services.  
If You're A Woman In Labour And In Trouble Don't Count On Emergency Air Transport
MSP Rhoda Grant is calling on the Health Secretary to launch an urgent review into the availability and suitability of emergency air transport for pregnant women across the whole of the Highlands and Islands.   Her plea comes after her further investigation into the case of a Caithness mother who went into labour at 30 weeks with twins.  
New Funeral Benefit To Launch
Improved financial support to help with bereavement costs.   A new benefit providing help for people on low incomes to meet the costs of a funeral will be available from 16 September 2019.  
Dingwall & Highlands Marts Ltd - Sale 9 September 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highlands Marts Ltd, (September, 9th) sold 3,719 ewe lambs and gimmers at the Highland Mule Breeders Association annual show and sale.   The gimmer judge, Mr A.  
Empowering Local Communities
Consultation on local levy launched.   Members of the public, businesses and the tourism sector are being asked for their views on the design of a levy which would let local authorities, who deem it appropriate for their local circumstances, charge visitors a fee for staying overnight in their area.  
Supporting Scotland's Tourism Industry
Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop has outlined a multi-million pound package of measures to help support Scotland's world-class tourism industry.   The sector is an important part of the Scottish economy, employing more than 200,000 workers and hosting millions of visitors every year from all over the world.  
Senior appointments approved to Highland Council executive leadership teamThumbnail for article : Senior appointments approved to Highland Council executive leadership team
As part of The Highland Council's Redesign, the Council has announced two further appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer (ECO).   Stuart Black, Director of Development and Infrastructure, will take up the post of ECO for Transformation and Economy at the end of the month.  
New Polling Scheme approved
Changes to a number of Polling Districts and Polling Places in the Highlands were agreed yesterday (Thursday 5 September 2019) at the meeting of The Highland Council.   Members approved a new Scheme of Polling Districts and Polling Places that will be in place for the next four years.  
How To Finance Your Self-build New HomeThumbnail for article : How To Finance Your Self-build New Home
If you need to raise finance for your project it is usual to seek a ‘self-build mortgage'.   Mortgages for self-build houses are a specialist product and many lenders do not offer them.  
Charity warns no-deal Brexit could put older people's health and social care at risk
Age Scotland is calling for urgent reassurances over contingency plans in the face of uncertainty over health, social care and immigration.   The charity warns that shortages of medication and qualified health and care staff could have a serious impact on Scotland's oldest and most vulnerable people.  
Over £2 million invested in Highland & Moray fishing communities
Twenty-six projects have received a share of £900,000 through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to boost the local economy and create jobs within the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries, backing a total investment of over £2 million pounds.   The funding has been awarded through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund & Scottish Government to encourage community-led local development and enable localised decision making though Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs).