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30/7/2021
Football Went To Rome, Holidays Came Home - The Impact Of ‘staycations' On The UK's Labour MarketThumbnail for article : Football Went To Rome, Holidays Came Home - The Impact Of ‘staycations' On The UK's Labour Market
As with last year, many holiday makers will be spending this summer in the UK.  So in this Spotlight we look at the implications of another year of ‘staycations' for the UK's labour market.  
30/7/2021
Covid: The Beta Variant Is Surging In Mainland Europe - Should The UK Be Worried?
Author - Tara Hurst, Lecturer, Biomedical Science, Birmingham City University.   Most of the world, the UK included, is currently grappling with the delta variant of the coronavirus.  
30/7/2021
A Caring Tax Rise? The Impacts Of A Potential Increase In National InsuranceThumbnail for article : A Caring Tax Rise? The Impacts Of A Potential Increase In National Insurance
The Government intends to increase social care spending and is considering its options, having delayed a decision until the Autumn.  They are 100 per cent right to do so.  
30/7/2021
Almost Two Million Workers Remain On Furlough As The Scheme Is Phased Out, With Older Workers More Likely To Be Stuck
The number of furloughed employees fell below two million for the first time at the end of June, ahead of the scheme being wound down over the summer, the Resolution Foundation said on Thursday in response to the latest HMRC Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme data.   The number of furloughed employees fell by 590,000 during June - roughly half the 1.1 million fall that took place during the grand reopening in May - taking the total number of furloughed staff down to 1.9 million.  
30/7/2021
Retailers Keeping Prices Low
Period Covered: 01 - 07 July 2021.   Shop Price deflation accelerated to 1.2% year-on-year in July compared to June's decrease of 0.7%.  
30/7/2021
Biotoxins Affecting Bivalve Shellfish In Coastal Waters In The West Of The Isle Of SkyeThumbnail for article : Biotoxins Affecting Bivalve Shellfish In Coastal Waters In The West Of The Isle Of Skye
Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring bivalve shellfish biotoxins following routine monitoring at Loch Harport.   Eating bivalve shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from this area may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these biotoxins.  
30/7/2021
Water Shortages Support
People with reduced private water supplies following recent warm weather will be offered free bottled water through a Scottish Government support scheme.   Public water supplies, which the vast majority of households in Scotland use, are not affected.  
30/7/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 30 July 2021
1,456 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   25,990 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 6.2% of these were positive.  
30/7/2021
Drug-related Death Statistics 2020 In Scotland - Worst Ever
Drugs Policy Minister Angela Constance has described the increase in drug-related deaths as "heart-breaking", and reiterated the Scottish Government's determination to continue its work to address the crisis.   National Records of Scotland figures show there were 1,339 deaths, an increase of 5% on 2019 and the highest figure on record.  
29/7/2021
Information For Voters Ahead Of Highland Council By-elections - Caithness and Inverness
Polling will take place on Thursday 12 August to elect one of five candidates standing in The Highland Council's Wick and East Caithness ward and one of seven candidates standing in the Inverness West ward.  The deadline to register to take part and to apply for a postal vote has passed so the Council is reminding voters to make sure they are ready to make their vote count.  
29/7/2021
£1m To Tackle Social Isolation And Loneliness
Projects supporting carers and disabled people are among nine initiatives that are set to share £1 million to tackle loneliness and isolation as a result of the pandemic.   It comes as part of a £10 million commitment to support a new five-year social isolation and loneliness plan, and marks the delivery of a commitment for the first 100 days of this government.  
29/7/2021
Making The Digital Money Revolution Work For AllThumbnail for article : Making The Digital Money Revolution Work For All
By Tobias Adrian and Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli from the International Monetary Fund(IMF).   History moves in uneven steps.  
29/7/2021
Significant Easing Of Restrictions For Fully Vaccinated Travellers From The EU And US
Fully vaccinated people from the EU and US will be able to travel to Scotland without quarantining from Monday (2 August 2021).   The need for travellers to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in Scotland is being waived subject to countries covered remaining on the amber travel list.  
29/7/2021
Emergency Response To Drug Overdose
Almost two thirds of Scotland's ambulance clinicians have been trained in supplying Take-Home Naloxone (THN) to people who may witness an overdose.   The roll-out of Take-Home Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is being overseen by three Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) Drug Harm Reduction Leads covering the North, East and West of Scotland, funded by the Drug Deaths Taskforce.  
29/7/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19: Daily Data For Scotland - 29 July 2021
1,398 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   33,679 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 4.6% of these were positive.  
28/7/2021
Deadline to apply for Garden waste permits draws nearThumbnail for article : Deadline to apply for Garden waste permits draws near
The Highland Council's Garden Waste service for 2021/22 starts on Wednesday 1 September 2021 and customers have until Monday 2 August to order their permits to ensure delivery in time for the first collections of the new service year.   The service will run to 31 August 2022, with a winter break in the months of December, January and February.  
28/7/2021
Scottishpower Renewables Completes Construction Of Halsary Windfarm For TescoThumbnail for article : Scottishpower Renewables Completes Construction Of Halsary Windfarm For Tesco
ScottishPower Renewables completes construction of Halsary windfarm - its first new onshore windfarm in five years - in partnership with Tesco.   Constructed under a Power Purchase Agreement, it's ScottishPower's first windfarm built without government support scheme.  
28/7/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19: - 28 July 2021
Highlands tourists urged to act with caution as case surge exposed 1,179* new cases of COVID-19 reported.   28,268* new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 4.8% of these were positive.  
28/7/2021
Air Traffic Control Strike Action in Highland - 29 July 2021
Prospect union has served formal notice of strike action by air traffic controllers at HIAL airports.   The strike action will be effective from 00.01 on 29 July for 24 hours.  
28/7/2021
Young Scots Work Promise
Young people looking to enter the workforce will benefit from £70 million of investment from the Scottish Government.   The Young Person's Guarantee aims to protect people from the economic impact of COVID-19 by offering every 16-24 year old in Scotland the opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, further or higher education, training programme or volunteering.