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SNP Hold Inverness Central After Highland Council Bi-election
The by-election for a councillor to represent Inverness Central - Ward 14 on The Highland Council has been won by Emma Roddick - Scottish National Party (SNP) who was one of six candidates who contested the vacancy.   Voting was by the single transferable vote and Emma Roddick emerged as the winner at the third stage of the count.  
Strengthening The Hospital Workforce
70 extra frontline medical trainees.   Hospital patients and staff will benefit from the creation of 70 new posts for trainee doctors in several medical specialities.  
Tourism Fund Now Open For Applications
Rural projects encouraged to apply.   Tourist sites in Scotland's rural areas can now apply for a share of £3 million funding aimed at helping them meet the demand of growing visitor numbers.  
The Future Path Of Minimum Wages
Minimum wages can play an important role in raising living standards, and have become an important part of a government's toolkit in addressing low pay.  In the forthcoming election, both main parties have commited to increasing the level of the minimum wage.  
A decade of cross-party increases in the state pension age
This briefing note describes the state pension age increases that have been legislated by various governments in recent decades, and discusses how they relate to improvements in life expectancies and how spending on state pensions is projected to evolve as a result.   Key findings Recent governments of different political colours have legislated increases to the state pension age.  
Pesticide Usage In Scotland
Pesticide use on arable crops grown in Scotland in 2018 has declined according to a new report.   A reduction in the use of rodenticides used to control rodents on arable farms was also recorded.  
Scottish Budget To Be Published Post-christmas
The Scottish Budget 2020-21 was scheduled to take place on Thursday 12 December 2019 BUT............The UK elections have scuppered that.   Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has confirmed that due to the UK General Election and the cancellation of the UK Government budget, it will not be possible to publish the Scottish Budget 2020-21 until after Christmas.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 16 September 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts (November 16th) sold 26 goats, 4 alpaca, 799 sheep and 457 lots of poultry, eggs & poultry equipment at their, rare & traditional breeds of livestock sale.   Goats (26) sold to £380 for pygmy female with a kidd at foot from Allt A'Bhonich, Stromeferry.  
How High Are Our Taxes, And Where Does The Money Come From?
Taxation is set to be a central policy battleground in this election, as in so many others.  This Briefing Note provides some essential factual background to the parties' claims and policies, placing the UK's current tax burden in historical and international context and discussing where - and who - the revenue comes from.  
Candidates Confirmed for UK Parliamentary General Election 2019Thumbnail for article : Candidates Confirmed for UK Parliamentary General Election 2019
18 candidates are seeking election on Thursday 12 December 2019 for the three Highland UK Parliamentary general election constituencies.   Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency has attracted 5 candidates; Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency 7 candidates; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency 6 candidates.  
Rural Economy Committee Seeks Views On Proposed Cap Transition BillThumbnail for article : Rural Economy Committee Seeks Views On Proposed Cap Transition Bill
The Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee has issued a public call for evidence on proposed legislation which would allow the continued operation of the European Union (EU) Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) during a post-Brexit transition period.   The REC Committee is inviting comments from farmers, crofters and other interested stakeholders on the Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill, which was recently introduced to the Scottish Parliament.  
Pioneering cattle traceability systemThumbnail for article : Pioneering cattle traceability system
Scot EID launches national consultation programme showcasing pioneering cattle traceability system.   Farmers and crofters are being consulted about a revolutionary electronic identification (EID) system to track and monitor Scotland's cattle herd during a nationwide roadshow that will visit 34 locations - from Shetland to the Borders.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 13 November 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 13th) sold (384) weaned calves, store & breeding cattle including 71 Highland and Highland crosses.   Bullocks (157) averaged 198.2p per kilo sold to 262.8p per kilo for a 255kg Limousin cross from Craigton, Bonar Bridge and £985 gross for a 485kg Blonde D'Aquitaine cross from Muirend Croft, Auldearn.  
Virtual reality lessons ignite Highland children's imaginations
Daviot Primary School is delighted to share that their children are pioneering virtual reality (VR) learning in Highland to help raise engagement and increase attainment for all pupils.   The school recently acquired "ClassVR"; a simple to use virtual reality user interface made for education.  
Mixed results in firework, cigarette and vape test purchasing by Trading Standards
Highland Council's Trading Standards team is reporting mixed findings from its Autumn age restricted product test purchase programme.   During the exercise, premises in Easter Ross, Inverness and Aviemore were test purchased for fireworks, cigarettes and vape liquids.  
Freedom Of Information Regulations Come Into Force For Scottish Rsls
Housing associations and many of their subsidiaries will be subject to requests for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.   From November 11, registered social landlords (RSLs) will become public authorities for the purposes of the provision of housing in respect of which they have granted a Scottish Secure Tenancy or Short Scottish Secure Tenancy.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 12 November 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 12th) sold 27 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (1) averaged 215.0p (N/C) and sold to 215.0p per kg and £1,268.50 gross.  
Conservatives Select Andrew Sinclair To Contest Westminster SeatThumbnail for article : Conservatives Select Andrew Sinclair To Contest Westminster Seat
Highland Conservatives have named their candidate to contest the three-way marginal seat of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross at the December General Election.   Cllr Andrew Sinclair has been selected by the party to stand for mainland Great Britain's most northerly Westminster seat.  
Karl Rosie is SNP candidate for the 2019 UK Parliament ElectionThumbnail for article : Karl Rosie is SNP candidate for the 2019 UK Parliament Election
Karl Rosie is the SNP candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in the UK General Election to be held on Thursday 12th of December.   Karl Rosie is currently a councillor for Thurso and West Caithness.  
Labour Selects Cheryl Macdonald As Candidate For Caithness, Sutherland And Easter RossThumbnail for article : Labour Selects Cheryl Macdonald As Candidate For Caithness, Sutherland And Easter Ross
Cheryl Macdonald has been selected to be the Labour party candidate in the 2019 Election for the UK parliament.   Long term Labour party campaigner Cheryl said,"I have been a Labour member for 23 years, a Labour voter since I could vote.