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Scottish Budget Statement 2019-20
This Scottish Budget prepares our economy for the opportunities of the future, enables the transformation of essential public services, and builds a more inclusive and just society.   It does so in the context of continuing UK austerity and against a backdrop of a UK Government careering toward Brexit at any cost.  
Cereal Harvest In 2018 Affected By Weather
Cereal production and the area of cereals grown have decreased in 2018.  Final estimates for the 2018 cereal and oilseed rape harvest were released today.  
Scottish Income Tax: 2019-2020Thumbnail for article : Scottish Income Tax: 2019-2020
Rates and bands for Scottish income tax in financial year 2019-20.   Scotland Act 2016 provides the Scottish Parliament with the power to set all income tax rates and bands (except the personal allowance, which remains reserved) that will apply to Scottish taxpayers' non-savings, non-dividend (NSND) income for tax year 2019-20.  
Scottish Budget - Investing In Scotland's Future
A significant cash injection to health and care services and funding to help prepare Scotland's economy for Brexit are at the heart of the Scottish Government’s spending plans for the year ahead.   The 2019/20 Scottish Budget, published today, proposes an increase of almost £730 million in health and care services.  
Carbon Assessment Of The 2019-20 Budget
Skip to content Accessibility help This site uses cookies to make the site simpler.  Find out more about cookies Scottish Government AboutTopicsNewsPublicationsConsultationsBlogs Search site Home Publications PUBLICATION - PUBLICATION Carbon Assessment of the 2019-20 Budget Published: 12 Dec 2018 Part of: Economy ISBN: 9781787814219 Estimate of the consumption-based carbon emissions associated with planned budget expenditure.  
Life Expectancy in Scotland
Life expectancy varies by as much as 7.2 years between council areas in Scotland.   Statistics published today by the National Records of Scotland indicate that life expectancy for those born in 2015-2017 varies between Scotland's council areas by up to 7.2 years for males and 5.0 years for females.  
Unison Scotland Statement On Scottish Budget
Mike Kirby, UNISON Scotland secretary, said: "Today's (12 December) Scottish government budget fails to make the investment in public services that our country needs.  The Scottish government should have taken advantage of their tax powers to maintain essential public services.  
Tax Decisions To Protect Public Services
Budget sets out plans to protect low and middle income taxpayers.   Fairness and investment in public services will continue to be ‘front and centre' of the Scottish Government's tax policies in the year ahead, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has said.  
Town health check data published for Highland centresThumbnail for article : Town health check data published for Highland centres
The Highland Council has today (Tuesday 11 December 2018) announced significant progress in the quality of collection and reporting on the performance of it's town centres through the release of new Town Centre Health Check "Story Maps".   The maps contain a huge amount of data on many aspects.  
Smooth Brexit Transition Crucial For Scotland's Economy - Fraser Of Allander Institute Economic Commentary Released TodayThumbnail for article : Smooth Brexit Transition Crucial For Scotland's Economy - Fraser Of Allander Institute Economic Commentary Released Today
Brexit crowding out vital debate on Scottish taxes, public spending and growing the economy Based upon the latest data for 2018, the Scottish economy is on track to grow by its fastest rate since 2014.   However, the Institute argues the outlook for 2019 and beyond is subject to unprecedented uncertainty and will hinge upon a series of crucial decisions taken in the UK Parliament over the next few weeks.  
Tackling the disability employment gap
More disabled parents will be helped into work following an additional £6 million aimed at reducing both the disability employment gap and child poverty.   With only around 40% of working age disabled adults in employment, compared with more than 80% of non-disabled adults, the new funding is part of an action plan outlining how this gap can be at least halved over the next 20 years.  
Scotland Signs Up To Forestry PledgeThumbnail for article : Scotland Signs Up To Forestry Pledge
First Minister commits to Bonn Challenge.   A global ambition to restore landscapes and forests has been supported by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.  
Tourism Businesses' Views Sought On Destination InvestmentThumbnail for article : Tourism Businesses' Views Sought On Destination Investment
Businesses across the Highlands and Islands are being asked for their views on investment to develop tourism ‘destinations' and the benefit this brings to their area.   Tourism is a major sector for the Highlands and Islands.  
More Teaching Vacancies Filled
More students are choosing teaching as a profession, as latest statistics reveal there were nearly 4,000 new student teachers in Scotland this year.   Permanent full and part time vacancies in primary schools fell from 309 in 2017 to 204 this year and from 507 to 402 in secondary schools.  
Highland lead for Scottish region of Community Leisure UKThumbnail for article : Highland lead for Scottish region of Community Leisure UK
The chief executive of High Life Highland, Ian Murray, has recently been appointed chair for the Scottish arm of Community Leisure UK, the national members' association representing leisure and culture charitable trusts and social enterprises across the UK.   As chair of Community Leisure UK in Scotland, Mr Murray will lead the recognised voice of leisure and culture trusts in raising awareness of the social impact and importance of their work.  
Protecting Public Services
Scottish budget will prioritise health and education spending.   Investing in public services and growing the economy will be prioritised in spending plans to help protect Scotland's prosperity as far as is possible in the face of continued uncertainty over Brexit.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 11 December 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 11th) sold 35 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (6) averaged 207.9p (+14.6p) and sold to 217.0p per kg and £1,432.80 gross.  
More Affordable Homes In Scotland
80,000 affordable homes delivered since 2007.   Latest figures show a 21 percent rise in the number of affordable homes delivered in Scotland during the last year.  
Hi-Scot Credit Union Annual General Meeting - Extension Meeting In WickThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Annual General Meeting - Extension Meeting In Wick
Hi-Scot Credit Union has its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 4.00pm.   The office of the credit union is based in Stornoway and due to the geography of Highland and Islands has moved more and more online.  
Highland MSP Questions Cabinet Secretary on HIAL Air Traffic Control Centralisation Programme
At General Questions yesterday (6/12/18) in the Scottish Parliament, Highlands & Islands Regional MSP Rhoda Grant questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson, in relation to the centralisation programme being proposed for Air Traffic Control.   Rhoda Said " I asked the Cabinet Secretary if the proposal to centralise Air Traffic Control was island proofed, if an impact assessment had been carried out and if he would reverse this decision, which was to base the HIAL Central Air Traffic Control System in Inverness.