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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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 26th November and 3rd December 2018 UKVL Sutherland: I was delighted to take part in a discussion this week in Thurso with Trudy Morris of Caithness Chamber, the HIE team taking forward the UKVL project and UK/ US representatives from Lockheed Martin.  As I have previously highlighted here, Lockheed Martin are one of the two industry partners involved in the project, and their vast experience of launch and satellite technology was clear as we discussed opportunities for the local supply chain as well as exciting opportunities to bring a long-term Lockheed Martin presence into Caithness and North Sutherland.  
Lorna Simpson is named Participation Officer of the YearThumbnail for article : Lorna Simpson is named Participation Officer of the Year
A Highland Council employee, nominated by the tenants she works with, has scooped a national award.   Lorna Simpson from Wick has been a Tenant Participation Officer with The Highland Council for the past ten years, covering Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.  
Highland tenant engagement work recognised nationally
Highland Council's work to continuously improve Tenant Participation in the region has been recognised by the Scottish Housing Regulator and the Tenant Participation Advisory Service.   Members of the Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee have welcomed the recognition received by Housing Staff and commended their ongoing engagement activities.  
Council plan aims to tackle homelessness in Highland
Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee have approved the first draft ‘Highland Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan' for 2019 - 2024 which will be submitted to the Scottish Government by the end of this year.  The plan provides an analysis of homelessness in the region and the capacity to deliver rapid rehousing within the current patterns of housing need and demand.  
Government Must Heed ‘Nightmarish' Black Out Warning
As we transition to a lower carbon economy, we need to make sure our energy supply is safe, secure and in our own hands says GMB GMB, the energy union, has called on the Government to heed ‘nightmarish' blackout warnings from the Institute of Engineering and Shipbuilding in Scotland The new paper - Engineering for Energy - says coal and gas power stations are needed to make sure the country can get back online quickly after a system crash.  [1] The report says restoring Scotland's power supply will take days - rather than hours - leading to ‘nightmarish’ consequences.  
Council Staff Swap Secret Santa For Highland Foodbank DonationsThumbnail for article : Council Staff Swap Secret Santa For Highland Foodbank Donations
Welfare staff within Highland Council's UK Award winning Benefits and Welfare Reform Team have decided to forego their office Secret Santa tradition and instead donate to Blythswood's Highland Foodbank this Christmas.   Sheila McKandie, Highland Council's Benefits and Welfare Manager explained:"On a daily basis we work with the dedicated team at Blythswood Highland Foodbank directing people to them who are in urgent need.  
Know your rights when it comes to fair delivery chargesThumbnail for article : Know your rights when it comes to fair delivery charges
The Highland Council's Trading Standards team has produced a couple of short animated videos that help consumers understand more about their rights when it comes to delivery charges.  The videos are now available on the Delivery Law UK website and complement the work already done to raise awareness and provide advice.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 5 December 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December 5th) sold 181 store cattle, 31 adult head of breeding cattle 74 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (102) averaged 196.0p and sold to 254.1p per kilo for a 185kg Limousin cross from Brae Eynort, Carbost and £1,000 gross for a 550kg Aberdeen Angus from Cragganvallie, Abriachan.  
£3.6 Million Contract Award A9 Dualling
Two consecutive sections of the A9 to be dualled are included in the latest ground investigation contract for the A9 Dualling programme awarded today.   Fugro GeoServices Ltd will undertake the £3.6 million contract for the Glen Garry to Dalwhinnie and Dalwhinnie to Crubenmore schemes totalling nearly 13 miles.