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Wick RNLI Lifeboat Launched To Assist Round Britain RowerThumbnail for article : Wick RNLI Lifeboat Launched To Assist Round Britain Rower
Wick RNLI lifeboat the Roy Barker II was launched at 7:15pm on Sunday 14 April to go to the assistance of a round Britain rower.   The rower had successfully passaged through the Pentland Firth and was making his way down the east coast towards Freswick when there was a change of wind direction which made getting around the headland against both wind and tide very difficult.  
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New Members Of The Scottish Youth Parliament Elected For Highland - Wick Representative Megan TraversThumbnail for article : New Members Of The Scottish Youth Parliament Elected For Highland - Wick Representative Megan Travers
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) has welcomed five new Highland members following the outcome of recent elections.   Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) are elected every two years and become the voice of Scotland's young people.  
Today
Why Are We Giving The Rich Benefits?Thumbnail for article : Why Are We Giving The Rich Benefits?
The UK's wealthiest people get an average of more than £8,000 a year in total tax reliefs on their pension contributions - which is as much as some pensioners get from the state and vastly more than Universal Credit permits.  Why do we have a tax system that so heavily subsidies the wealthy when so many live in poverty? ABOUT RICHARD MURPHY Richard Murphy is Professor of Accounting Practice at Sheffield University Management School.  
Today
New Protections To Enable Consumers To Benefit From Cheaper Energy DealsThumbnail for article : New Protections To Enable Consumers To Benefit From Cheaper Energy Deals
New proposals to give consumers confidence to take up smart devices.   Consultation part of wider action to modernise the energy system, proposals will reduce pressure on the electricity grid, support up to 24,000 jobs and save up to £50 billion new measures to help consumers benefit from the best energy deals via a smart, flexible electricity system to save money on bills strengthened protections will mean consumers can be confident their data will be handled securely and that they can access the best deals using any device.  
Yesterday
Labour Market In The Regions Of The UK - April 2024
Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates have been reweighted for periods from July to September 2022; headline UK seasonally adjusted series before this have been modelled, but other series, including regional, have a discontinuity at this point and because of increased volatility of LFS estimates, estimates of quarterly change should be treated with additional caution.   The highest employment rate estimate in the UK was in the South East (78.3%) and the lowest was in Wales (69.1%), for the three months ending February 2024.  
Yesterday
Council Tax Frozen Across Scotland As Services Shrink
A council tax freeze will be delivered in all of Scotland's local authorities after Argyll & Bute became the final council to accept Scottish Government funding to keep rates at last year’s levels.   As a result, council taxpayers in all but one of Scotland’s council areas will not pay any more for their bills than they did in 2023-24.  
Yesterday
MPs To Vote On Landmark Bill To Create Smokefree GenerationThumbnail for article : MPs To Vote On Landmark Bill To Create Smokefree Generation
MPs to vote on legislation to create first smoke-free generation, protecting young people turning 15 this year or younger from harms of smoking.   MPs will vote today (16th April 2024) on world-leading legislation to protect future generations across the UK from the harmful effects of smoking.  
Yesterday
Fair Work Levers for Hospitality
The Fair Work Convention published a couple of reports this week, one looking at Fair Work levers (authored by fellow Strathclyders at the Scottish Centre for Employment Research) and the view of those in the industry on how these could/should be used.   The report highlights key challenges in the hospitality industry: rising costs, housing and transport availability, retention issues, uneven service demands, and visa restrictions.  
Yesterday
Additional Costs Of DisabilityThumbnail for article : Additional Costs Of Disability
The Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre (SPICe) published a blog co-authored by Fraser of AIlander's Chirsty McFadyen and Laura Robertson from the Poverty Alliance on the additional costs of disability.  This follows on from a piece of work carried out for the Economy and Fair Work committee that looked at evidence of additional expenditure from survey data and interviews with disabled people.  
Yesterday
King Charles III banknotes to enter circulation on 5 June 2024Thumbnail for article : King Charles III banknotes to enter circulation on 5 June 2024
Banknotes carrying a portrait of King Charles III will be issued for the first time on 5 June 2024.  The portrait of the King will appear on existing designs of all four banknotes (£5, £10, £20 and £50), with no other changes to the existing designs.  
Yesterday
Average Weekly Earnings In Great Britain - April 2024Thumbnail for article : Average Weekly Earnings In Great Britain - April 2024
The following information is for the period from December 2023 to February 2024.   Annual growth in regular earnings (excluding bonuses) was 6.0%, and annual growth in employees' average total earnings (including bonuses) was 5.6%.  
Yesterday
Apprenticeships Offer Earning Opportunities Alongside Learning In Refurbishment Of Historic ParkThumbnail for article : Apprenticeships Offer Earning Opportunities Alongside Learning In Refurbishment Of Historic Park
Today, Morrison Construction introduced some of their local apprentices who are working on the UK Governments' Levelling Up Funded refurbishment project at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness.  All these apprentices have been recruited from the Highland area.  
Yesterday
Is Scotland Going To Meet Its Child Poverty Targets?Thumbnail for article : Is Scotland Going To Meet Its Child Poverty Targets?
The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 includes four targets for child poverty in Scotland in 2030 and interim targets for 2023.  The targets require that, of all children living in Scotland: less than 18% are in relative poverty by 2023-24 and less than 10% by 2030-31.  
Yesterday
After EU Exit - UK Border Checks And The New Common User Charge - Starts 30 April2024 - Who Knew when We Voted to Leave?Thumbnail for article : After EU Exit - UK Border Checks And The New Common User Charge - Starts 30 April2024 - Who Knew when We Voted to Leave?
When the United Kingdom left the EU's legal order at the conclusion of the transition period at the end of December 2020, customs and regulatory checks at the EU border were immediately imposed on UK goods being exported to the European Union.   However, the UK Government delayed the introduction of routine regulatory checks on goods being imported to the UK from the EU.  
Yesterday
College Lecturers Strike Action Across Scotland Starts Today 16 April 2024
EIS-FELA members across Scotland should have received a fair pay award in September 2022.  College Employers Scotland have so far failed to table an acceptable pay offer with assurances on job security.  
Yesterday
Travel Award Scheme Continues To Support Talented Highland AthletesThumbnail for article : Travel Award Scheme Continues To Support Talented Highland Athletes
Talented athletes from across the Highlands are being supported through the latest round of the Highland Athlete Travel Award Scheme (ATAS) delivered through a partnership between sportscotland and High Life Highland.  Ten talented Highland athletes competing at regional, national, and international level, in sports including swimming, mountain biking and surfing will receive funding as well as access to High Life facilities to support them to progress in their sport.  
Yesterday
Smoking Costs Billions More Than Tobacco TaxesThumbnail for article : Smoking Costs Billions More Than Tobacco Taxes
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) published new figures showing the far-reaching impact smoking has on society on the day the consultation to create a ‘smokefree generation' closed.  The charity says it demonstrates why action to make smoking history is needed and how this will benefit the whole of society.  
Yesterday
As Fuel Prices Creep Up Again - What are the latest UK petrol prices and diesel prices? Thumbnail for article : As Fuel Prices Creep Up Again - What are the latest UK petrol prices and diesel prices?
The RAC keeps a page with the latest prices of petrol and diesel.   The prices below are the latest available average unleaded petrol, diesel and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) averages across supermarket, motorway and other independent forecourts in the UK, and are updated daily where data is available.  
15/4/2024
Winners Of The Next Election Will Govern Universal Credit Britain - With Working Renters Winning Out From The Reform, While Those With Disabilities Face Major Income LossesThumbnail for article : Winners Of The Next Election Will Govern Universal Credit Britain - With Working Renters Winning Out From The Reform, While Those With Disabilities Face Major Income Losses
Universal Credit (UC) is on track to be fully rolled-out to seven million families by the end of the next parliament, with working renters the main winners.  Those with disabilities the main losers from the reform as it faces up to new challenges like rising long-term sickness, according to new Resolution Foundation research published today (Monday 15 April 2024).  
15/4/2024
Majority Of Brits Planning Family Holidays Despite Rising CostsThumbnail for article : Majority Of Brits Planning Family Holidays Despite Rising Costs
In a time of economic uncertainty and shifting travel preferences, are multigenerational family holidays still a priority?.   Legal & General surveyed over 2,000 UK adults, aged 18 and over, to shed light on how family holidays are changing.