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23/7/2019
Over 500,000 To Transfer From DWP To New Scottish Social Security Department
Social security case transfer: policy position paper.   The purpose of this paper is to set out our approach to transferring existing benefits cases from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to our own agency Social Security Scotland.  
23/7/2019
Devolved social security benefits: Updated stakeholder engagement toolkit
The stakeholder toolkit has been updated.  It is designed for all public, third sector and charitable organisations who are involved in the delivery of, or providing advice on, the new social security benefits which are being devolved to the Scottish Government under the Scotland Act 2016.  
23/7/2019
UK natural capital: peatlands
Peatlands occupy around 12% of the UK land area.  This dramatic landscape provides over a quarter of the UK's drinking water and stores a significant amount of carbon making it an important habitat for providing both provisioning and regulating ecosystem services in the UK.  
23/7/2019
UK natural capital: mountains, moorland and heath accounts
1.  Main points In 2017, electricity generation in the UK from onshore windfarms in mountains, moorlands and heath was over 24 times larger than in 2003.  
JGC Engineering And Technical Services Celebrates Milestone ProjectThumbnail for article : JGC Engineering And Technical Services Celebrates Milestone Project
Major milestone met on Moray East Offshore Windfarm project.   High voltage equipment containers for the offshore substation platforms to be sailed out from Thurso fabrication yard.  
Can You Afford To Build Your Own Home?Thumbnail for article : Can You Afford To Build Your Own Home?
Before you begin planning your new home it is imperative you set a budget.  And, as your build progresses, you must monitor the spend to ensure you stay within budget.  
19/7/2019
A ‘No Deal' Brexit Would Be The Most Economically Damaging Outcome For Uk BusinessThumbnail for article : A ‘No Deal' Brexit Would Be The Most Economically Damaging Outcome For Uk Business
In its latest report, the Committee on Exiting the EU warns that a ‘no deal' Brexit would lead to severe disruption, pose a fundamental risk to the competitiveness of key sectors of the UK's economy and put many jobs and livelihoods at risk.  It would represent a sudden rupture for the closely entwined economies of the UK and the EU 27.  
Windfarm Extension At Forss Business and Technology ParkThumbnail for article : Windfarm Extension At Forss Business and Technology Park
NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXHIBITION FOR PROPOSED WINDFARM DEVELOPMENT FORSS BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY PARK.   Abbey Properties and Abbey Ecosse are exploring the potential for a wind farm of up to 5 turbines as an extension to the existing 6 turbines at the Forss Business & Technology Park approximately 7km west of Scrabster on the north coast of Caithness.  
18/7/2019
Scottish economy remains resilient, but Brexit uncertainty continuesThumbnail for article : Scottish economy remains resilient, but Brexit uncertainty continues
Scottish economy remains resilient, but Brexit uncertainty continues to erode long-term growth prospects: Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary.   Risks from new Fiscal Framework likely to hit Scottish Budget in years ahead.  
18/7/2019
Changes To Pension Credit Rules For 'Mixed Age Couples'Thumbnail for article : Changes To Pension Credit Rules For 'Mixed Age Couples'
Changes to pension credit rules for 'mixed age couples' mean a large number have to wait many years before they can claim.   Jonathan Cribb and Tom Waters at the Institute for Fiscal Studies look a the changes.  
18/7/2019
Scottish Fiscal Commission Highlights Increasing Risks For The Scottish Budget
The Scottish Government will need to manage volatility in its Budget as the devolution of tax and spending powers becomes fully operational, according to the Scottish Fiscal Commission.   From next year the UK Treasury's funding of the Scottish Budget will begin to be adjusted to reflect actual income tax collected.  
18/7/2019
Office Of Budget Responsibility - Fiscal risks report - July 2019Thumbnail for article : Office Of Budget Responsibility - Fiscal risks report - July 2019
The report published this week looks at many of the risk facing the economy as at July 2019.   Commissioned by Parliament in 2015, the report identifies and analyses risks to the medium term outlook for the public finances and to long-term fiscal sustainability.  
18/7/2019
Who Are Business Owners And What Are They Doing?Thumbnail for article : Who Are Business Owners And What Are They Doing?
Executive summary Business owners have been the fastest-growing part of the UK labour force since at least 2000.  Between 2000-01 and 2015-16, the number of employees grew by 15%, while self-employment (including those operating as a sole trader or as a partner in a partnership) grew by 25% and the number of directors of companies with at most two directors more than doubled.  
18/7/2019
Rebalancing The Global Economy: Some Progress But Challenges AheadThumbnail for article : Rebalancing The Global Economy: Some Progress But Challenges Ahead
Following the global financial crisis, overall current account surpluses and deficits fell sharply from about 6 percent of global GDP in 2007 to about 3.5 percent in 2013.  Since then, as shown in our new External Sector Report, global current account imbalances have declined only slightly to 3 percent of world GDP in 2018, while rotating toward advanced economies and away from emerging economies, including China whose current account is now broadly in line with fundamentals.  
17/7/2019
Community Fund Awards Over £70k To Support Leisure Activities!Thumbnail for article : Community Fund Awards Over £70k To Support Leisure Activities!
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has committed over £70k to six community projects in its latest round of grant awards.   CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "This latest investment supports improvements to recreational amenities and events in Caithness & North Sutherland, helping to ensure that people living and visiting our area can enjoy a high standard of leisure activities.  
17/7/2019
Summer Slump For Footfall In Shops Across UK
Covering the five weeks 26 May - 29 June 2019.   Footfall declined by 2.9% in June, compared to the same point last year when it declined by 0.9%.  
17/7/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd -Sale and 16th anniversary - 17 July 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (July, 17th) sold 1,505 store cattle at their 16th anniversary show and sale.   The Judge, Mr John Brown, Gaindykehead Farm, Airdrie chose his overall champion in the show sponsored by Brodies LLP, HRN Tractors Ltd, Conan Vet & Ian S.  
16/7/2019
Should Croft Houses Be Any Different When It Comes To Care Charges
An interesting petition currently on the Scottish Government petitions section of the web site.   Councils have the power to seize assets to cover the cost of certain things such as care home costs.  
NDA Stakeholder Summit 2019 Main HighlightsThumbnail for article : NDA Stakeholder Summit 2019 Main Highlights
This was the NDA's third summit, and the inspirational setting of the new Coleg Menai facilities, on Anglesey in North Wales, perfectly reflected the NDA’s approach to building sustainable post-nuclear communities around its estate.  Some £4 million of funding from the NDA’s socio-economic budget has been used to create a state-of-the-art educational facility at the heart of the island.  
16/7/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 July 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 16th) sold 13 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (2) averaged 205.0p (+8.0p) and sold to 205.0p per kg and £1,209.50 gross.