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28/5/2020
Colleges And Universities Preparing For Phased Return
Minister reiterates message, Scottish institutions open for business.   Scotland's colleges and universities are gearing up for a phased campus return for the next academic year as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted.  
28/5/2020
Test And Protect
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman explains how we can all play our part in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).   Test and Protect is NHS Scotland's new approach to controlling the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.  
28/5/2020
Water scarcity and Highland Council support for users of private water supplies
The Highland Council's Environmental Health Team is advising consumers to use their water wisely and check their private water supply systems for any signs of water leaks or risks of contamination.   A private water supply is a property that does not have a Scottish Water mains water connection.  
28/5/2020
Back to school and learning - ‘carefully and gradually'
The Highland Council is assessing the implications of the First Minister's announcements made on the 21st May about the first stage relaxation of lockdown, concerning teachers and other education staff returning to the workplace during June to prepare for the return to school and settings on 11th August.   Highland Council's Education Committee Chair, Cllr John Finlayson said: "The return to workplace and Highland schools for our Education staff will have to be undertaken carefully and gradually.  
28/5/2020
7 key things about key workers in Scotland and what it tells usThumbnail for article : 7 key things about key workers in Scotland and what it tells us
The CoVid-19 pandemic has awoken many to the role that key workers play in our society.  But who exactly are they, and what do we know about them? This short article provides a summary of analysis carried out using pre-crisis Labour Force Survey data to help give us a basic understanding of this group of workers.  
27/5/2020
COVID-19 budget revision
Pandemic response funding details published.   Spending on measures to counter the COVID-19 pandemic has reached just over £4 billion, Scottish Government figures reveal.  
27/5/2020
Sector guidance for easing lockdown
Support to work safely.   New guidance has been published for retailers and manufacturers to consider how people can safely return to work, with updated guidance for construction to publish later in the week.  
26/5/2020
Council confirms details for Household Waste Recycling Centres to reopen
The Highland Council can now confirm which of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) across the region will re-open from Monday 1st June 2020.   A phased approach to re-opening the sites will be adopted with strict controls in place to help manage social distancing and to ensure the anticipated high number of visitors and volume of waste can be handled safely and efficiently.  
26/5/2020
Council's Garden Aid Service to start
The Highland Council's Housing Service currently operates an annual garden aid scheme, cutting grass in approximately 1,300 council house gardens.   The Garden Aid service is for older or disabled tenants who don't have anyone to help them cut their grass.  
26/5/2020
Coronavirus sick pay scheme opens for applications
Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff taking coronavirus-related leave will be able to claim back the money from today.   In a further boost to employers affected by the outbreak, The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme - which was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak at the Budget -opened for applications this morning.  
26/5/2020
New £1 Billion Building Safety Fund To Remove Dangerous Cladding From High Rise Buildings
New fund will meet the cost for unsafe non-ACM cladding on residential buildings that are 18 metres and over and do not comply with building regulations.   Building owners urged to register for the government's £1 billion fund to remove and replace unsafe non-ACM cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings.  
26/5/2020
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 26 May 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 26th) sold 9 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (3) averaged 210.0p and sold to 214.0p per kg and £1,302.00 gross.  
25/5/2020
Highland Council awarded over £750,000 to roll out network of safe walking and cycling routes in response to Coronavirus pandemic
Following an ambitious bid by Highland Council supported by NHS Highland, to deliver rapid active travel interventions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, The Highland Council has been awarded £752,954 from the Scottish Government's Spaces for People fund, which is administered by Sustrans.   Over the coming weeks towns across Highland and the City of Inverness will see a roll-out of temporary walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure along priority routes.  
25/5/2020
£56m COVID-19 Business Grants awarded in Highland
The COVID-19 small business and self-catering grant scheme, set up to help companies stay in business during the coronavirus crisis, has now paid out £56,286,250 million to 5135 Highland businesses.   The Highland Council's Head of Development and Regeneration, Allan Maguire, said: "We now are processing applications and approving payment within days of a business submitting a complete online application form and its accompanying evidence.  
25/5/2020
Highland Council publishes decisions made during COVID-19 emergency
Public assurance is being provided by Highland Council that the organisation is fully transparent and accountable during the COVID-19 emergency response as it publishes decisions made by its group of senior officers - or Gold Group* - under emergency procedures.   The list of decisions made since 19 March 2020 is on the Council's website at the following link and will continue to the added to and updated as further decisions are made using emergency procedures.  
IoT online demonstration for Highlands and Islands businesses
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands looking to boost their productivity and competitiveness through Internet of Things (IoT) technology, are being offered the chance to hear from industry experts.   Internet of Things technology enables devices, such as everyday objects, machinery and systems to connect to the internet.  
24/5/2020
Scotiaeconomics Map Showing Scottish Risk Areas for Covid 19Thumbnail for article : Scotiaeconomics Map Showing Scottish Risk Areas for Covid 19
From https://www.scotianomics.org/.   Our COVID-19 Community Risk Monitor measures the level of risk exposure of Scotland's 354 local authority wards to the COVID-19 virus.  
24/5/2020
Highlands and Islands MSP is concerned that advertising support for media is now not guaranteed
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant was pleased when MSPs this week backed another move to give the media 100% business rates relief.   However Mrs Grant was dismayed to discover that might mean the £3million advertising support previously announced by the Scottish Government could be taken off the table.  
24/5/2020
UNISON Pressure Secures Sick Pay and Death in Service Benefit for Care Staff
Following the deal for NHS staff, pressure from UNISON and other trade unions has secured a similar deal for social care staff.  This deal is hugely encouraging.  
24/5/2020
Global Oil & Gas Decommissioning Costs To Total $42 Billion Through 2024, Dominated By Uk North SeaThumbnail for article : Global Oil & Gas Decommissioning Costs To Total $42 Billion Through 2024, Dominated By Uk North Sea
Energy companies have been slashing exploration and production budgets since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold and sent oil prices tumbling, but, with few profitable investment alternatives, operators are now likely to increase spending in decommissioning work.  Rystad Energy estimates the total value of the global pool of decommissioning projects that will accumulate through 2024 could reach $42 billion.