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10/8/2020
Eight Reasons To Shop Local This Week To Help The High Street Bounce BackThumbnail for article : Eight Reasons To Shop Local This Week To Help The High Street Bounce Back
Government urges shoppers to visit their local high street and support businesses during Shop Local Week.   Shoppers are being urged to hit the high street and support their local businesses during Shop Local Week (10-16 August) shopping local helps support the local economy, creates jobs and boosts local communities.  
10/8/2020
First Flagship UK Government Hub In Scotland CompletedThumbnail for article : First Flagship UK Government Hub In Scotland Completed
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's unwavering commitment to strengthen and sustain the United Kingdom took a crucial step forward today with the completion of Queen Elizabeth House, the new UK Government flagship hub in Edinburgh.   The hub will house nearly 3,000 civil servants from 11 departments, to deliver a bigger, better and more coordinated service to people and businesses.  
10/8/2020
New Funding To Double Nursing Apprentices And Help Deliver 50,000 More NursesThumbnail for article : New Funding To Double Nursing Apprentices And Help Deliver 50,000 More Nurses
A new government package worth £172 million will help to train thousands more nursing degree apprentices.   Nursing careers made more accessible through ‘earn and learn' route.  
10/8/2020
Water Quality Regulator says Scotland's tap water quality remains highThumbnail for article : Water Quality Regulator says Scotland's tap water quality remains high
The Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) for Scotland's latest annual report shows that Scottish Water's compliance with the stringent standards for drinking water remains high at 99.92%.   The report, covering Drinking Water Quality in Scotland during 2019, states that a total of 310,605 regulatory tests were carried out on Scotland's drinking water last year.  
10/8/2020
Did You Know? - How to make best use of teaser tups to tighten lambing
Actually a topic for farmers but interesting.   From Farmers Weekly.  
10/8/2020
More pain than gain: How the U.S.-China trade war hurt AmericaThumbnail for article : More pain than gain: How the U.S.-China trade war hurt America
Lost jobs.  Sagging GDP.  
10/8/2020
High Streets In Great Britain, 2020Thumbnail for article : High Streets In Great Britain, 2020
This release is a collaboration with the Officefor National Statistics (ONS) and Ordnance Survey mapping the location and characteristics of high streets in Great Britain.  Retail has been among the sectors most affected by the COVID19 outbreak.  
9/8/2020
Tackling Unfair Delivery Charges - Online map shows pricing by postcodeThumbnail for article : Tackling Unfair Delivery Charges - Online map shows pricing by postcode
What all of us have know for a very long time is that in the far north and the islands we have much higher delivery charges.   A very comprehensive report now confirms this in fine detail.  
9/8/2020
Importance Of Self-isolation - Do You Really Need To Go Out and Take a Risk?
Today's item from Scottish Government begs the question for everyone - Do we need to go out other than for essential purchases? The virus does not care about changes to say you can go out.   --------------------------- Test and Protect vital to containing spread of COVID-19.  
9/8/2020
Care Home Visiting Expanded - Next stage of family visiting introduced
Care home residents will be able to receive more outdoor visitors from Monday, 10 August 2020, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed.   From this date care home residents will be able to have up to three outdoor visitors from no more than two households provided their home meets strict criteria, with infection control measures remaining in place.  
9/8/2020
Children and schools must come before pubs and shops in planning for future Covid-19 lockdowns
Anne Longfield, Children's Commissioner for England, has published a new briefing setting out the key actions needed to ensure children are at the heart of planning for any future coronavirus lockdowns, including making sure all children are back in school in September.  The Children's Commissioner argues that if any local or national lockdown takes place, schools should be the last places to be locked down, after pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops.  
9/8/2020
£2.9 Million More For Social Care
31 projects secure an additional year's funding.   Funding for 31 third sector projects in social care has been extended to March 2022 with the announcement of an additional £2.9 million of Scottish Government backing.  
8/8/2020
Stay Alert To Covid-19 When Attending Licensed Premises - Especially After the Latest Aberdeen Lockdown
The Highland Council, NHS Highland and Police Scotland are working closely to ensure that we all stay alert to the threat of COVID-19.  The public are being asked to be vigilant and observe all guidance especially when attending licensed premises.  
8/8/2020
Hospitality Rules Tightened and stricter rules for many more public places
Face coverings to be mandatory across more indoor public premises.   Settings where face coverings must be legally worn in Scotland is expanding to include certain indoor public places such as cinemas, galleries, museums and banks, from Saturday (8 August 2020).  
8/8/2020
More People To Get Free Flu Jab If They Want It
Vaccine programme expanded to protect those most at risk during COVID-19 pandemic.   Social care workers, people over 55 and household members of those who are shielding will all be eligible for the free seasonal flu vaccine.  
8/8/2020
Dogger Bank Scallop Closure ExtendedThumbnail for article : Dogger Bank Scallop Closure Extended
Scallop fishing in the North Sea around Dogger Bank will continue to be suspended until 29 August 2020.   Scallop fishing in the North Sea around Dogger Bank will be suspended for a further three weeks until 23:59 on 29 August following preliminary analysis of the state of the shellfish stock.  
8/8/2020
Coronavirus support measures help 65,000 businesses in Scotland
New data published today reveals more than 65,000 businesses in Scotland benefitted from over £2.3 billion of support through government-supported loan schemes.   over 63,000 loans worth over £1.8 billion have been offered under the Bounce Bank Loans Scheme over 2,600 loans and support worth £587 million have been offered under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme 29% of employees furloughed and 155,000 people supported through the SEISS More than 65,000 businesses in Scotland benefited from over £2.3 billion of support to bounce back from COVID through government-supported loan schemes.  
8/8/2020
Creating Opportunities After Covid-19
Funding for digital and workforce training.   Immediate investment in jobs and digital technology will provide the foundations for a strong economic recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19), Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said.  
8/8/2020
Investing In The Food Industry
Food and drink businesses across Scotland have been awarded a share of £5 million to invest in infrastructure, purchase new equipment and upgrade or replace facilities.   In total 30 businesses will receive Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) grants to support the food supply chain, safeguarding 1,386 jobs and creating 97 new ones.  
7/8/2020
The Government Is Not Paying Nine Million People's WagesThumbnail for article : The Government Is Not Paying Nine Million People's Wages
From the Resolution foundation 1st August 2020.   The number of people currently furloughed is less than half this amount.