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Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 11 February 2019.   SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team are holding more events this week - in both the Melness Community Centre (Tuesday 19th February, 15.30-20.00) and the Pentland Hotel, Thurso (Wednesday 20th February, 15.30-20.00).  
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Local Caithness Taxi firm Jimmy's Taxis is heading south to find out if they will win the "Family Business of the Year Award" at the Scottish Taxi and Privare Hire Awards ceremony.   The STPH Awards will take place in the DoubleTree by Hilton in Glasgow, on Saturday 9th March 2019.  
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Highland council today agreed at the budget meeting not to apply the 4.79% increase recently allowed by Scottish Government in their budget but instead are restricting it to 3% increase for 2019/20.   Council Tax is charged on all domestic properties and each property is banded in one of 8 bands (A to H) based on the assessed value of the property.  
Highland Council Saving On Grass Cutting
Highland council today 14th February 2019 agreed a budget saving of £70,000 in grass cutting.   Amenity Services maintains approximately 900 hectares of parks, open spaces and cemeteries on behalf of the Council.  
Highland Council To Dim Street Lights To Save
One of the smaller cuts to save money at Highland council budget meeting today 14th February 2019 was the dimming of street lights on new LED systems.   Further reduction in street lighting energy consumption between 24:00 and 06:00.  
Small Changes To Recycling Centre Opening Hours For Small Saving
Highland council agreed to another small saving t the budget meeting on 14 February 2019.   £40,000 saving spread over two years 2019/20 and 20120/21.  
Budget Cut In Highland For Specialist Early Years Support
At the budget meeting held by Highland council today 14 February 2019 a cut of £250,000 for 2019/20 was agreed.   The report stated - "There is a need to provide a greater focus on supporting Additional Support Needs in early years, with the roll out of 1140 hours.  
Highland Council's budget for change agreed with many cuts and increases in charges
The Highland Council today set a revenue budget for 2019-20 with savings also identified for years two and three of the three-year budget.   The Council approved the Council's change programme "A Sustainable Highland" which is set to deliver £37.456m savings over the next three years.  
Improving Maternity And Neonatal Care - Further £12 million
New mums and their babies will receive additional support through a range of measures to transform maternity and neonatal services across Scotland, backed by £12 million.   The new model for neonatal care will be tested in four sites to ensure babies needing the most specialist care get the best start possible, as well as a range of initiatives to give mums and other family members the support they need.  
Highland Council To Reduce Insurance Payments To Save
Highland councillor agreed to make saving in insurance premiums of £417,000 for 2019/20.   The Council's current external insurance contract comes to an end at the end of financial year 2018/19 and some savings are anticipated to be delivered through the reprocurement.  
The Brexit Ship Has Sailed
The Brexit Ship has Sailed: Most ‘Surface' Imports and Exports will Now Arrive After Brexit, Warns ParcelHero.   UK retailers who source their stock in China have missed the final surface shipping dates to ensure their products will arrive in the UK before Brexit, warns ParcelHero.  
SSE works affect road closure of B851
Motorists are being advised that part of the B851 Errogie - Strathnairn - Daviot Bridge – Culloden Moor Road will be closed to vehicles from Monday 25 February until Friday 8 March 2019.   The closure is required to enable pylon and electricity transmission line works to be safely carried out by SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy).  
Newstart - Removal Of Grant Funding For Waste Management
Newstart Highland that took over Home Aid in Caithness is set to lose a £75,000 grant from 2019/20.   The Highland council agreed the reduction at its budget meeting on 14th February 2019.  
Review of Waste Haulage in Highland to save £150,000
Highland council agreed today 14th February 2019 to save £150,000 over the next two years in the complicated area of waste haulage contracts.   What may seem like a simple hing to deal with is not an easy subject to easy with effectively as it affects every home an business in Highland.  
Blythswood Lose £75,000 Grant Funding From Highland Council For Waste Management
The main activities that the social enterprise groups currently carry out directly for Highland Council waste management are the servicing of re-use containers on our household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).  These currently divert around 150 tonnes from 11 HWRCs.  
Tighter Controls On Recycling Centres In Budget Reductions
Tighter controls on what can be taken to the public recycling centres are set to save £300,000 over the next two financial years.   This proposal introduces restrictions on construction and demolition waste brought to our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), limiting quantities to small amounts generated through minor DIY activities.  
Early Years Organisations suffer Cut Backs in Highland council budget
The Highland council agrred to slash £258,000 from the budget for Early Years organisations for 2019/20 The current budget for Early Years' Grants is £458k per annum.  This is primarily an area-based budget where partners are able to apply for funding for one-off grants.  
School Meals To Increase By 5 Pence In Highlands
Councillors today 14th February 2019 agreed to increase the price of school meals despite some councillors pointing out that previous increase last year resulted in reduced number taking the meals.   Councillors have little room to help as they did in the past to basically subsidise meals.  
Highland council targets Industrial sites for rent increases
Additional Income projected £216k of is projected for thenext three years - 2019/20 - £118,000 2020/21 - £58,000 2021/22 - £40,000 Through a proactive approach to lease extensions (with premiums) and increases in rental income the council will seek to maximise the performance of the industrial and investment portfolio, including selling off poor performing industrial sites and focusing investment on high performing, high rental sites and properties.   Net income £2.776m - excludes income for the Housing Revenue Account and Inverness Common Good Fund.  
Increased Charges For Burials And Other Community Services
Highland councillors reluctantly agreed to range of increase charges under the community services part of the budget.   Many of the charges reflect inflationary increases The total of £2.063 million will be rolled out as follows - 2019/20 - £771,000 2020/21 - £.636,000 2021/22 - £656,000 The split is as follows - Export licences for fish were included in the above figures but a change was agreed at the meeting that should make the saving in total.