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18/5/2022
Scottish Secretary Responds To May Labour Market Statistics
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: It is good news that even more Scots are back in paid employment, while unemployment has fallen further.   The economic aftershocks of covid and the war in Ukraine mean real pressures in the cost of living right around the world.  
18/5/2022
Inflation Highest For 40 Years As 9 percent reached and going higher Thumbnail for article : Inflation Highest For 40 Years As 9 percent reached and going higher
The Office for National Statistics has publish a range of reports today showing the extent of inflation that has already reached 9% and showing several signs it will go higher and soon pass the 10% level.   some commentators are already saying this could knock the economy into a recession.  
18/5/2022
Average UK House Prices Rises By £24,000 In !2 MonthsThumbnail for article : Average UK House Prices Rises By £24,000 In !2 Months
A report by the Office for National Statistics published today 18 May 2022.   UK average house prices increased by 9.8% over the year to March 2022, down from 11.3% in February 2022.  
18/5/2022
Carbon Neutral Islands NamedThumbnail for article : Carbon Neutral Islands Named
Six islands to become carbon neutral by 2040.   The Carbon Neutral Islands project is a programme for government commitment aimed at supporting islands to become carbon neutral by 2040.  
18/5/2022
Listen Up - Individual Experiences Of Work, Consumption And SocietyThumbnail for article : Listen Up - Individual Experiences Of Work, Consumption And Society
An interesting report from the Resolution Foundation examines people's views on the economy.   What economic strategy should the UK pursue over the next decade, in order both to address long-standing problems in the country (stagnating living standards and high inequality) and to navigate ongoing change (Brexit, net zero transition and a post-pandemic world)? The Economy 2030 Inquiry is a two-year collaboration between the Resolution Foundation and the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics investigating this very question.  
17/5/2022
Ofgem Looks To Update The Energy Price Cap Quarterly So Prices Can Be Adjusted Faster
Here is today's release from Ofgem.   Read it carefully then decide is it really to protect consumers or to protect energy company profits?.  
17/5/2022
The Possibility Of More Rises In Food Prices Is A Thumbnail for article : The Possibility Of More Rises In Food Prices Is A
The possibility of more rises in food prices is a "major worry" for the UK and other countries, the Bank of England governor has warned.   Apologising for sounding "apocalyptic", Andrew Bailey said the war in Ukraine was affecting food supplies.  
17/5/2022
Public Bodies' Emissions Reduce - £100 Million To Cut Carbon Footprint Further - First Zero Hospital In KirkwallThumbnail for article : Public Bodies' Emissions Reduce - £100 Million To Cut Carbon Footprint Further - First Zero Hospital In Kirkwall
New funding to help public bodies unlock and realise further investment in measures to improve energy efficiency and install low and zero carbon heat systems in buildings has been launched.   The Scottish Central Government Energy Efficiency Grant scheme will make £100 million available during this parliamentary session.  
17/5/2022
SNP And Independents Joint Coalition Administration To Be Ratified By Highland Council - Raymond Bremner To Become New Leader Of The Council
The Leaders of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Group and the Independent Group have informed the Chief Executive of The Highland Council that they have agreed to form a joint coalition Administration.   The proposal for a majority Administration of the two groups will be put to The Highland Council meeting on Thursday 26 May for formal agreement.  
17/5/2022
Operations To End At Sellafield's Magnox Reprocessing PlantThumbnail for article : Operations To End At Sellafield's Magnox Reprocessing Plant
One of the world's oldest nuclear fuel reprocessing plants will conclude its mission later this year.   Sellafield's Magnox plant will stop reprocessing in July 2022 and enter a new era of clean-up and decommissioning.  
17/5/2022
Earnings And Employment From Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, Uk: May 2022Thumbnail for article : Earnings And Employment From Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, Uk: May 2022
From the Office for National Statistics published today 17th May 2022.   Here is selection of excerpts.  
17/5/2022
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sheep Sales - 17 May 2022
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (May, 17th) sold 867 of all classes of Store Sheep.   Hoggs (386) sold to £110 gross for a pen of Texel Crosses from Bluebell Cottage, Fleuchary.  
17/5/2022
Child Disability Payment Pays Out More Than £3m Since Launch In Scotland
Payments made to over 3,000 children and young people across Scotland.   More than £3.25 million has been issued in disability payments to children and young people since Child Disability Payment launched.  
17/5/2022
New App To Counter Malicious Approaches OnlineThumbnail for article : New App To Counter Malicious Approaches Online
New ‘Think Before you Link' App will help businesses and the public protect themselves from potential espionage.   An innovative app, allowing users of social media and professional networking sites, to better identify the hallmarks of fake profiles used by foreign spies and other malicious actors, and take steps to report and remove them, has been launched today.  
17/5/2022
Record Number Of Students From Deprived Areas At University In ScotlandThumbnail for article : Record Number Of Students From Deprived Areas At University In Scotland
The number of Scottish students from deprived areas progressing to Scottish universities is at an all-time high.   The latest statistics show 16.7% of Scottish domiciled full-time first degree students at Scottish universities are from the 20% most deprived areas in the country.  
17/5/2022
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Cattle and Sheep Sales 17 May 2022
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 17th) sold 11 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (2) averaged 258.5p (+14.5p) and sold to 259.0p per kg and £1,767.30 gross.  
16/5/2022
Electric Car Supplies Are Running Out - And Could Drastically Slow Down The Journey To Net-zeroThumbnail for article : Electric Car Supplies Are Running Out - And Could Drastically Slow Down The Journey To Net-zero
The road map to replacing old fashioned carbon emitting cars with electric vehicles is well developed - at least in theory.  All the major car makers (and even some of the smaller ones) are publicly committed to electric.  
16/5/2022
£30 Million Dry Dock Contract Supports 300 Scottish JobsThumbnail for article : £30 Million Dry Dock Contract Supports 300 Scottish Jobs
£30 million contract for dry-dock maintenance for the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers has been awarded to Babcock International Group, in Scotland.   £30 million to provide dry dock maintenance for Queen Elizabeth Class carriers.  
16/5/2022
Cost Of Living Set To Get Much Worse In Coming Months
The news articles streaming out in the last few days point to a worsening crisis for cost of living.   Energy Costs Even after the April increases to electricity and gas prices even higher prices have been in train since the price cap is to be revised again in October with estimates an average bill to reach.