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26/10/2021
Delivering The Right Care In The Right Setting
The Scottish Government is investing an additional £10 million to help patients avoid a hospital stay wherever possible - and to prevent delayed discharge for inpatients.   This is part of a range of actions included in the £300 million winter package of funding to health and social care services, and outlined in the health and social care winter plan, to take the pressure off hospitals and frontline staff.  
26/10/2021
Homicide In Scotland, 2020-21
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published Homicide in Scotland, 2020-21.  The publication provides information on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2020-21.  
26/10/2021
Unlimited Recovery Of Hydrocarbons Not Sustainable
Work to be undertaken to support a just transition for Scotland's energy sector.   The Scottish Government will no longer support unlimited recovery of hydrocarbons including oil and gas, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has reiterated.  
26/10/2021
Connecting Scotland - Fast-track Applications Invited
The Connecting Scotland Programme aims to get 60,000 digitally excluded households online by the end of 2021.   They are now inviting ‘fast track' applications from organisations working with people at risk of social isolation and loneliness, who can deliver devices in November and December.  
26/10/2021
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 26 October 2021
2,262 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   20,897 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 11.5% of these were positive.  
26/10/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 26 October 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 26th) sold 14 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (1) averaged 230.0p (-1.3p) and sold to 230.0p per kg and £1,506.50 gross.  
26/10/2021
HIAL ATMS
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has cautiously welcomed the announcement from HIAL that it has opened productive talks with Prospect and its members over its controversial Air Traffic Management centralisation plans.   The announcement comes following the agreement of a framework for future discussions and means that Air Traffic Controllers across the region have now suspended all industrial action while talks are ongoing.  
25/10/2021
Council Workers Across Scotland Set To Strike Over PayThumbnail for article : Council Workers Across Scotland Set To Strike Over Pay
Local government unions have today issued notices of industrial action to local authorities across Scotland in a dispute over pay for council workers.   The Joint Trade Unions have between them mandates to take action in half of Scotland's local authority areas.  
25/10/2021
Caithness Hotel Group Facing Energy Bill Of £130,000 Each Year
The sum represents a 70% shift and comes as The Caithness Collection - which includes the Norseman Hotel in Wick, Thurso's Pentland Hotel and the Castletown Hotel - reaches the end of a 24-month deal next week.  Owner Andrew Mackay says the best quote on offer will take the annual cost to almost £130,000.  
25/10/2021
Petrol And Diesel Price Rises Shock - Will Chancellor Freeze Fuel DutyThumbnail for article : Petrol And Diesel Price Rises Shock - Will Chancellor Freeze Fuel Duty
UK petrol prices have hit their highest level on record and could rise further in the coming weeks as the global energy crisis drives oil markets to a three-year high.   The average daily price for a litre reached 142.94p on Sunday, surpassing the all-time record 142.48p reached on 16 April 2012, according to data from the RAC/Experian.  
25/10/2021
Vaccine Effectiveness Against Covid-19 - What Can The Covid-19 Infection Survey Tell Us?Thumbnail for article : Vaccine Effectiveness Against Covid-19 - What Can The Covid-19 Infection Survey Tell Us?
This article if from the Office for National Statistics written by Sarah Crofts is the Head of Analytical Outputs for the COVID-19 Infection Survey.   As well as providing estimates on infection levels and antibodies, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey (CIS) collects information from participants on their vaccination status, providing some insight into vaccine effectiveness on variants, including Delta.  
25/10/2021
The Supply Chain Crisis Has A Silver Lining - Container Ships Should Be Decarbonised FasterThumbnail for article : The Supply Chain Crisis Has A Silver Lining - Container Ships Should Be Decarbonised Faster
Several months ago, I warned that the crisis in container ships could jeopardise Christmas by leaving retailers without enough goods on their shelves.  Since then, there have been similar fears all over the media, not only due to shipping problems but also shortages of lorry drivers and unavailable products.  
25/10/2021
Bitcoin: Why Its Value Has Rocketed Once AgainThumbnail for article : Bitcoin: Why Its Value Has Rocketed Once Again
Bitcoin's journey into mainstream finance has reached another major milestone - and another record price.  The cryptocurrency was trading at US$66,975 (£48,456) following the launch of an exchange traded fund (ETF) in the US which has dramatically increased bitcoin's exposure to investors.  
25/10/2021
Sunak prepares for first true post-Brexit budget. Can he deliver a vision for post-Brexit Britain?
Zeeshan Syed, economics expert at the University of Salford Business School, comments as Chancellor Rishi Sunak puts the finishing touches to his budget, set to be announced on Wednesday.   Zeeshan said: "Jobs at a record high, national debt levels declining, housing prices soaring, and a public ever more confident is the picture of post-covid UK.  
25/10/2021
Plastic waste is hurting women in developing countries - but there are ways to stop itThumbnail for article : Plastic waste is hurting women in developing countries - but there are ways to stop it
If we are to build a greener, fairer and more equal society in the wake of COVID-19, it's time for rich countries to end their practice of dumping plastic waste in developing countries.  This not only harms the environment but disproportionately affects the women and girls who tend to clear it up.  
25/10/2021
National Living Wage Set To Rise To £9.50 An Hour In The Budget But Is It Enough?
The National Living Wage is set to rise from £8.91 per hour to £9.50 in the Budget according to some sources A 6.6% increase in the minimum wage for all those aged 23 and over - more than twice the current 3.1% rise in the cost of living.   The rise is recommended by campaign group the Living Wage Foundation.  
25/10/2021
Are we earning more now? Measuring real wage growth during the pandemic
Office for National Statistics Blog by Darren Morgan is ONS Director of Economic Statistics.   Many of the UK's key indicators have seen dramatic movements as a result of the pandemic, making it hard to see underlying trends.  
25/10/2021
At Long Last Ofcom Asks Phone Networks To Block Foreign Scam Calls
Major phone networks have agreed to automatically block almost all internet calls coming from abroad if they pretend to be from UK numbers, Ofcom has confirmed.   Criminals have been using internet-based calling technology to make it look like a phone call or text is coming from a real telephone number.  
25/10/2021
Total Online Job Adverts Grew By 2%Thumbnail for article : Total Online Job Adverts Grew By 2%
The total volume of online job adverts grew by 2% on 15 October 2021 from the previous week to 143% of its February 2020 average.   "Transport, logistics and warehouse" remains the category with the highest volume of job adverts relative to its February 2020 average level, with the volume now over four times higher than the period shortly before the first UK lockdown, according to data from Adzuna.  
25/10/2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 25 October 2021
2,240 new cases of COVID-19 reported 23,055 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 10.3% of these were positive.   0 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are generally closed at the weekend).