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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.  
22/8/2019
Householders warned to be aware of bogus workmen
At this time of year many householders are thinking of their gardens, keeping them tidy or seeing to those jobs that need done before the weather turns.   This is also the same time of year for criminals to take advantage of this and prey on the unsuspecting.  
22/8/2019
Council Funded Advice services assist 22,000 customers, exceed £22.5 million in financial gains
In excess of 22,000 customers were assisted by the Council's Welfare Support Team and Citizens Advice during 2018/19 for support with welfare, debt and housing issues.  3,372 customers were helped by the Welfare Support Team and 18,777 clients were assisted by Citizens Advice.  
22/8/2019
Chromebook rollout prepares pupils for new era of digital learningThumbnail for article : Chromebook rollout prepares pupils for new era of digital learning
The Council has successfully distributed more than 20,000 Chromebook devices to all its schools to support learners to acquire key technology and life skills in facilitating a digitally enabled generation.   Based on the ICT in Learning Strategic Action Plan 2015, The Highland Council started the Chromebook Project in November 2017 where every pupil in P6-S6 will be allocated a Chromebook for their use in school and at home for educational purposes and P1-P5 pupils will have access to Chromebooks at school on a 1:5 ratio.  
22/8/2019
Highland Placement Programme improves children's lives immeasurably
Considerable effort has been focussed on returning young people to Highland.   Since the Councils enhanced Placement Programme began in June 2018, 34 young people have returned to Highland or circumvented OOA (Out of Authority) avoiding costs of over £5M as compared with these young people remaining out of area for a year.  
22/8/2019
Members agree top priority for New Schools Investment Programme
Members have, at a special council meeting today, agreed a top priority for the Scottish Government New Schools Investment Programme bid.   Members agreed that the proposed Tain 3-18 Campus project is nominated as The Highland Council's priority for consideration by the Scottish Government for inclusion in the initial phase of the New Schools Investment Programme with a delivery timescale by the end of 2021.  
22/8/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 21st) sold 81 store cattle and 65 adult head of breeding cattle.   Bullocks (37) averaged 198.0p and sold to 259.7p per kg for a 335kg Limousin cross and £920 gross for a 415kg Limousin cross both from Glenside, Glenurquhart.  
22/8/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Lamb Sales 22 August 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 22nd) sold 14,827 store lambs at their annual district sale to average £49.39 (-£1.52 on the year).   Cheviot wedder lambs (7,417) averaged £45.67 (-£2.22) and sold to £84.00 gross from 9 Lochussie, Dingwall.  
Thurso Photo MagicThumbnail for article : Thurso Photo Magic
"At Thurso Photo Magic we offer a high quality photo printing service, creating great prints, photo gifts, posters, canvas prints, calendars & more.   Our services include Photo Restoration, Digitally coded passport photos, Video to DVD transfer, T-Shirt printing, Posters (including self-adhesive), Window graphics, Invitations, Collages, Caricatures and so much more.  
19/8/2019
New Restrictions on construction and demolition waste at recycling centresThumbnail for article : New Restrictions on construction and demolition waste at recycling centres
Measures to be put in place to cut down amount of construction and demolition waste collected at Household Waste Recycling Centres.   The Highland Council will be putting measures in place to restrict the amount of construction and demolition waste bought to its network of 21 Household Waste Recycling Centres.  
19/8/2019
A Warm Highland Welcome For Probationer TeachersThumbnail for article : A Warm Highland Welcome For Probationer Teachers
One hundred and seventeen (117) probationer teachers were recently welcomed to Highland at an Induction course held at Millburn Academy in Inverness.   The probationer teachers' induction day is the first of a number of professional learning events throughout the year specifically arranged to support probationer teacher induction and their ongoing professional learning.  
19/8/2019
Increasing State Pension Age Means Many Scots Will Never Retire, Warns Age Scotland
A leading charity has criticised calls to raise the State Pension age to 75, saying this would have a devastating impact on Scotland's poorest older people and massively increase poverty.   A report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think-tank recommended raising the State Pension age to 70 by 2028 and to 75 by 2035 to help boost the UK economy.  
New Apprenticeship Hub to Support North Highland CommunitiesThumbnail for article : New Apprenticeship Hub to Support North Highland Communities
North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland (DYW) initiative, led by Caithness Chamber of Commerce, have signed a partnership agreement to formalise their new initiative, The Apprenticeship Hub.   The initiative aims to create a collaborative approach between North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland to support growth in the apprenticeship family to benefit the Caithness and Sutherland economy.  
19/8/2019
Hard Shoulder Hazard: 24 Vehicles Per Week Crash Into Parked Cars On Uk Hard Shoulders
* 750,000 traffic incidents occurred on UK roads in the past three years.   *24 vehicles per week crashed while overtaking a static vehicle A fifth (19 per cent) of these incidents resulted in serious injury or death.  
17/8/2019
New medical leadership at NHS HighlandThumbnail for article : New medical leadership at NHS Highland
NHS Highland today announces the appointment of Dr Boyd Peters as its new Medical Director.   Dr Peters, who has the held post on an interim basis since April 2019 this year, was previously the board's Associate Medical Director for mental health and worked as a GP in Grantown-on-Spey for over 25 years.  
16/8/2019
Highland Council Launches Visitor Levy ConsultationThumbnail for article : Highland Council Launches Visitor Levy Consultation
Highland Council today (15 August 2019) launched a consultation on a potential Highland Transient Visitor Levy.   The Council has not yet made a decision on whether to implement a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL), also known as a Tourist Tax.  
15/8/2019
Mentors needed for farmers of the future
Agriculture students are looking for mentors to help them complete a new module launched by Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).   The Enterprise Appraisal and Development module will give third year degree students hands-on experience of running a farm over a period of six weeks.  
14/8/2019
Train fares are set to rise again in January 2020
Train fares are set to rise again on the 2nd January 2020 by around 2.8 per cent, according to the Retail Price Index for July announced today.  This new fare rise announcement comes shortly after a 3.1% increase in January.  
13/8/2019
Public warned of algal bloom presence at Loch Watten, CaithnessThumbnail for article : Public warned of algal bloom presence at Loch Watten, Caithness
The Highland Council is warning the public of the presence of an algal bloom at Loch Watten, Caithness, following an examination of sample water on Monday (12/08/19).   As a precautionary measure, environmental health have posted notices next to the water body, warning that contact with the algal scum or material should be avoided.  
13/8/2019
Iot Scotland Welcomes First Customer As The Highland Council Introduces Transformational Water Monitoring TechnologyThumbnail for article : Iot Scotland Welcomes First Customer As The Highland Council Introduces Transformational Water Monitoring Technology
IoT Scotland has welcomed its first customer after The Highland Council selected the open access network to provide IoT connectivity for an innovative and transformational water monitoring contract.   The Highland Council awarded a three-year contract to Dundee-based IoT Scotland partner M2M Cloud to roll out their Neptune water-monitoring sensor technology to over one hundred buildings across their estate.