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13/6/2024
Mrna Future - Dr John Campbell Reviews The Latest Moderna VaccineThumbnail for article : Mrna Future - Dr John Campbell Reviews The Latest Moderna Vaccine
Moderna, today announced that the U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved mRESVIA (mRNA-1345).  
13/6/2024
Prisoner Early Release Plan Approved
The Scottish Parliament has approved the early release of some short-term prisoners to address the impacts of a recent rapid rise in the prison population.   Under current modelling, based on the criteria set out in the regulations approved by Parliament, around 514 eligible prisoners will be released in four tranches from the 26 June.  
13/6/2024
Council Tax Collection Statistics 2023-24
Scotland's Chief Statistician today released the latest Council Tax Collection Statistics which provides Council Tax collection figures for Scottish local authorities, up to and including the financial year 2023-24.   In 2023-24 for Scotland as a whole, the total amount of Council Tax billed (after Council Tax Reduction) was £3.015 billion.  
13/6/2024
Increasing Pay For Children's Social Care Staff - Minimum £12 Per hour
Staff in children's social care services will see their pay increase to at least £12 an hour thanks to new Scottish Government funding.   Backed by over £19 million this year, it will ensure more than 6,000 people working in a direct care role in the voluntary, private and independent sector services receive the pay increase, which could be worth more than £2,000 a year for some staff.  
Final Business Case For Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport Endorsed
Members of the Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee have endorsed the Final Business Case (FBC) for the Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport, signifying another major step forward in the development of Highland as a global centre for Green Energy and inward investment.   Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Ken Gowans welcomed the report.  
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Suspected Drug Deaths In Scotland - January To March 2024 - Drug Deaths Rising Again
There were 320 suspected drug deaths between January and March 2024.  This was 8% (23) higher than the previous quarter and 7% (22) higher than during the same period of 2023.  
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What's Happened To Mortgage And Savings Rates Since 2010?Thumbnail for article : What's Happened To Mortgage And Savings Rates Since 2010?
Average two-year fixed mortgage rates fluctuated by less than 1% (between 1.99% and 2.97%) across seven years between April 2015 and April 2022, with five-year fixed deals remaining similarly steady during that time period.   The average two-year fixed mortgage rate was less than 2% (1.99%) in July 2020, but had more than tripled to 6.85% just over three years later in the aftermath of base rate rises and the 2022 mini-Budget announcement.  
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General Election 4 July 2024 - Voters Urged To Check Their Poll CardsThumbnail for article : General Election 4 July 2024 - Voters Urged To Check Their Poll Cards
Poll cards for people across the two Highland UK Parliamentary Constituencies have started to be issued.   As a result of the recent boundary changes, parts of The Highland Council local government area now fall into the new constituencies.  
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Polls Show Labour Lead Over Conservatives Increasing Yet Further As Reform Grabs Disenchanted Right WingThumbnail for article : Polls Show Labour Lead Over Conservatives Increasing Yet Further As Reform Grabs Disenchanted Right Wing
For the first time since the beginning of the election campaign there has been a clear shift in the poll averages shown on the BBC poll tracker writes BBC senior political analyst Peter Barnes.   On 3 June Nigel Farage took over as leader of Reform UK and announced he would be standing as a candidate in the election.  
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Cooling Labour Market Means Next Government Will Have To Tackle The Problem Of Falling Employment, Not Falling Inflation
The UK labour market continues to cool, with the employment rate only just above its mid-pandemic low point, suggesting that kickstarting jobs growth will be a major task for the next government, the Resolution Foundation said in response to the latest ONS labour market statistics.   The latest data showed widespread signs of cooling, although data uncertainty make some indicators noisier than usual.  
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Vacancies And Jobs In The Uk - June 2024Thumbnail for article : Vacancies And Jobs In The Uk - June 2024
The estimated number of vacancies in March to May 2024 was 904,000, a decrease of 12,000 or 1.3% from December 2023 to February 2024.   Vacancy numbers decreased on the quarter for the 23rd consecutive period in March to May 2024, with vacancies decreasing in 9 of the 18 industry sectors.  
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Clean Energy Partnership - G7+ And Ukraine Joint Statement 2024Thumbnail for article : Clean Energy Partnership - G7+ And Ukraine Joint Statement 2024
Statement from the G7+ Energy Coordination Group and the Government of Ukraine at the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2024 in Berlin.   Ukraine has survived an onslaught of Russian drones, missiles and shelling targeting its Integrated Energy System, thanks to the brave efforts of the Government of Ukraine, Ministry of Energy, energy companies and the Ukrainian people, and with support from the international community.  
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Average Weekly Earnings In Great Britain - June 2024Thumbnail for article : Average Weekly Earnings In Great Britain - June 2024
The following information is for the period from February to April 2024.   Annual growth in regular earnings (excluding bonuses) was 6.0%, the same as for the previous three-month period; and annual growth in employees' average total earnings (including bonuses) was 5.9%, the same as for the previous three-month period.  
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Labour Market Overview, Uk - June 2024
This month's figures continue to show signs that the labour market may be cooling, with the number of vacancies still falling and unemployment rising, though earnings growth remains relatively strong.   Short-term movements varied across our different measures of employment.  
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Index Of Production UK - April 2024
Monthly production output was estimated to have fallen by 0.9% in April 2024; this follows a rise of 0.2% in March 2024 and 1.0% in February 2024.   The monthly decrease in output for April 2024 resulted from a fall of 1.4% in "manufacturing"; this was partially offset by rises in "water supply and sewerage" (1.3%), "mining and quarrying" (0.8%) and "electricity and gas" (0.5%).  
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Earnings And Employment From Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK - June 2024Thumbnail for article : Earnings And Employment From Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK - June 2024
Early estimates for May 2024 indicate that the number of payrolled employees rose by 0.6% compared with May 2023, a rise of 167,000 employees.   This annual increase was largest in the health and social work sector, a rise of 155,000 employees.  
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UK Trade - April 2024Thumbnail for article : UK Trade - April 2024
The value of goods imports increased by £3.7 billion (8.2%) in April 2024, because of increases in imports of machinery and transport equipment and fuels.   The value of goods exports remained stable in April 2024, with a fall in exports to the EU offset by a rise in exports to non-EU countries.  
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Construction Output In Great Britain - April 2024
Monthly construction output is estimated to have decreased by 1.4% in volume terms in April 2024, with the monthly value in level terms at £14,940 million.   The fall in monthly output came from decreases in both new work (1.9% fall), and repair and maintenance (0.8% fall); anecdotal evidence from survey returns suggests effects of heavy rainfall and strong winds affected output in April.  
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GDP Monthly Estimate, UK - April 2024Thumbnail for article : GDP Monthly Estimate, UK - April 2024
Monthly real gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to have shown no growth in April 2024, following growth of 0.4% in March 2024.   Real gross domestic product is estimated to have grown by 0.7% in the three months to April 2024 compared with the three months to January 2024.  
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Labour Market In The Regions Of The UK - June 2024 - Scotland Has Largest Increase Of 168,000
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.   In February to April 2024, the highest employment rate in the UK was in the South East (78.3%) and the lowest was in Wales (68.9%).