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23/1/2021
Armed Forces Now Working In Hospitals, Vaccine Centres, And Testing Across All Four NationsThumbnail for article : Armed Forces Now Working In Hospitals, Vaccine Centres, And Testing Across All Four Nations
Armed Forces now working in hospitals, vaccine centres, and testing across all four nations of the UK to support the coronavirus response.   Over 5,000 Armed Forces personnel are now deployed on the largest ever peacetime resilience operation, across all four of the home nations and focused on three strands of the Covid response - testing, vaccines and clinical support for the NHS.  
23/1/2021
Brexit: What Next? What 2021 Means For The UK And The EUThumbnail for article : Brexit: What Next? What 2021 Means For The UK And The EU
A discussion by the Institute for Government held on 19th January 2021.   The UK left the transition period at 11pm 31 December 2020.  
23/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 23 January 2021
1,307 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   20,393 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 9.3% of these were positive 76 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive.  
23/1/2021
Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance On The New Variant Of Covid-19 In The UkThumbnail for article : Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance On The New Variant Of Covid-19 In The Uk
Commenting on the new variant of COVID-19 in the UK the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said: The new UK variant comprises a significant number of the our cases.  It is spreading 30 to 70% more easily than the old variant.  
23/1/2021
New Hard-hitting National TV Ad Urges The Nation To Stay At Home
Government launches new national campaign featuring hospital staff and COVID-19 patients to remind the public of the extreme pressures still facing the NHS.   New emotive TV ad challenges the public to think about the impact their actions might have by asking: "Can you look them in the eyes and tell them you're helping by staying at home?" The TV advert will launch on ITV and Channel 4 this evening and further advertising will run across radio, out of home, digital and across social media from Saturday evening.  
23/1/2021
Uk Government And Seafood Industry Make Good Progress On Exports
Today Minister David Duguid spoke with senior figures in the Scottish seafood industry to acknowledge there have been difficulties and provide solutions.   Temporary issues felt in the seafood supply chain are steadily improving, UK Government Minister for Scotland David Duguid heard in a meeting he chaired today with senior figures in the industry.  
22/1/2021
Hydroelectric turbine to provide STEM learning opportunity for young people of HighlandThumbnail for article : Hydroelectric turbine to provide STEM learning opportunity for young people of Highland
The Highland Council has begun detailed designs works on a major £2.5m energy project, part-funded by the Scottish Government through Salix Finance.   At a site on the River Ness, near Whin Park in Inverness, the council is preparing to install a 92kW ‘Archimedes Screw' hydroelectric power turbine.  
22/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 22 January 2021
1,480 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   26,054 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 6.9% of these were positive.  
22/1/2021
Wick regeneration project to benefit from additional funding
Members of The Highland Council's Caithness Committee have approved additional funding for a project to bring new life to the site of a former derelict building on Wick High Street.   In September last year the Scottish Government announced extra funding through the Town Centre Fund as part of its national economic recovery stimulus package, particularly aimed at supporting construction activity across Scotland.  
22/1/2021
Digital presence vital for Inverness local business recoveryThumbnail for article : Digital presence vital for Inverness local business recovery
Inverness Councillors on The Highland Council's City and Area Recovery Group today discussed the importance of local businesses having an online digital presence for customer access during the pandemic and post-lockdown recovery.   Good digital access via websites and social media was the common theme raised by two speakers from Business Gateway and the Highland Food and Drink Trail in presentations to Councillors.  
22/1/2021
CBI Scotland Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey
BRIEF RESPITE FOR MANUFACTURING SECTOR BUT OUTLOOK REMAINS CHALLENGING.   Manufacturing output stabilised in the quarter to January, following three consecutive quarters of decline, according to the latest CBI quarterly Industrial Trends Survey for Scotland.  
22/1/2021
COP26 calls for groups to bring climate summit to lifeThumbnail for article : COP26 calls for groups to bring climate summit to life
Applications have opened today to help shape the COP26 venue in Glasgow ahead of the crucial climate change talks later this year.   Call for groups to bring climate action to life in an interactive setting Chance to engage with key audiences and make a real change in the fight against climate change Two-week showcase opportunity when world leaders gather in Glasgow.  
22/1/2021
Council Depute Leader calls for clarity on UK Shared Prosperity Fund
Responding to the recent media reports which stated that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury had written to the Scottish Government to indicate that the UK Government intended that the Shared Prosperity Fund which will replace European structural funds could be routed through local authorities.   Cllr Alasdair Christie, Deputy Leader of the Council said:"We urgently need clarity on how the UK Shared Prosperity Fund is going to operate, who is operating it and when the money will start to flow.  
22/1/2021
Supporting Health And Social Care Staff
Additional funding of £500,000 is being allocated to provide practical measures of support for health and social care staff working to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Following direct feedback from staff, this funding will support local provision of hot drinks and snacks and other measures to aid rest and recuperation during their shifts, which will support their wellbeing and ease some pressures they face at work.  
22/1/2021
Public Sector Finances, UK: December 2020 - Borrowing Hits Highest Since World War TwoThumbnail for article : Public Sector Finances, UK: December 2020 - Borrowing Hits Highest Since World War Two
Public sector net borrowing (excluding public sector banks, PSNB ex) is estimated to have been £34.1 billion in December 2020, £28.2 billion more than in December 2019, which is both the highest December borrowing and the third-highest borrowing in any month since monthly records began in 1993.   Central government tax receipts are estimated to have been £43.6 billion in December 2020 (on a national accounts basis), £1.4 billion less than in December 2019, with notable falls in taxes on production such as Value Added Tax (VAT) and Business Rates.  
22/1/2021
Convergence Payments Underway - Package of more than £70 million confirmed
Farmers and crofters across the country will start to see additional money paid out to them by the end of the month as the second and final instalment of convergence funding is distributed.   Around 18,000 farmers and crofters will benefit from the support worth £71.8 million.  
22/1/2021
Retail Sales, Great Britain: December 2020
Main points In December 2020, retail sales volumes increased by 0.3% when compared with November 2020, resulting in an increase of 2.7% when compared with February's pre-lockdown level.   Clothing stores reported strong monthly growth of 21.5%, rebounding from a large fall in November 2020 when stores were closed because of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.  
22/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: First Minister's Statement - 22 January 2021
Statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a media briefing in St Andrew's House, Edinburgh on Friday 22 January 2021.   Published: 22 Jan 2021 Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: First Minister's statement - 22 January 2021 I will give you first of all the usual daily statistics report.  
21/1/2021
Engineering Apprenticeships At Dounreay
Dounreay, Caithness ENGINEERING Apprenticeships (Mechanical, Electrical, Control & Instrumentation).   For details see - http://forum.caithness.org/showthread.php?280861-Engineering-Apprenticeships-(Mechanical-Electrical-Control-amp-Instrumentation).  
21/1/2021
Support For Childminders
Funding of £1 million has been made available for childminders who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Grants of up to £1,000 each will be made to eligible childminding providers, and work is now underway with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) to finalise the details of the scheme.