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25/6/2019
Dlite-ful Graduation 2019 - New TeachersThumbnail for article : Dlite-ful Graduation 2019 - New Teachers
Saturday 22nd June 2019 was the Highland celebration event for Highland Council's newest DLITE PGDE graduates.   Fifteen students have graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education DLITE (Distance Learning ITE) course, with ten of them present for the celebration.  
25/6/2019
CVAs are fatally wounding our High Streets, warns e-commerce delivery expert
As Monsoon seeks to join the ranks of stores slashing rents through a company voluntary agreement, ParcelHero says CVAs are simply speeding up the demise of High Street shopping and will impact on pension and investment schemes.   The fashion chain Monsoon is the latest store to seek to weather the retail storm by convincing its creditor landlords to agree to a company voluntary agreement (CVA).  
25/6/2019
Failed Computer Project Sets Back Pensions Body - Millions LostThumbnail for article : Failed Computer Project Sets Back Pensions Body - Millions Lost
An IT project that ran into difficulties has cost Scotland's public sector pension body millions and set its planning back significantly, says the spending watchdog.   The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) runs retirement plans for over 500,000 people, including NHS employees, teachers, firefighters and the police.  
25/6/2019
MSP has praised RBS for adjustments made to mobile banking fleet
Regional Labour MSP Rhoda Grant is praising RBS for the steps they have taken to make their mobile banking fleet more suitable for those with disabilities.   The Equalities and Human Rights Commission have released to Mrs Grant what adaptations RBS have made to their mobile banking fleet for those with disabilities.  
25/6/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 25 June 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (June, 25th) sold 10 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (5) averaged 207.2p (+4.1p) and sold to 214.0p per kg and £1,219.80 gross.  
Building Your Own Home Is Easier Than You May ThinkThumbnail for article : Building Your Own Home Is Easier Than You May Think
Today we begin a series of articles written by Peter Body of Thermohaus Ltd , a Caithness based timber frame kit home company.   Why Self-Build? For decades the British have bought new homes as standard speculatively built products from national and regional house builders.  
24/6/2019
Scottish Government Approves Limekilns Wind Farm In Caithness
Green energy firms Infinergy and Boralex have welcomed the Scottish Government's decision to grant approval of their 21-turbine wind farm at Limekiln, south of Reay in Caithness.  The wind farm has a grid connection contract in place for 90 MW.  
24/6/2019
TAX CHANGES, TAX TAKE AND TAX BASE - Why It MattersThumbnail for article : TAX CHANGES, TAX TAKE AND TAX BASE - Why It Matters
An excerpt on taxation in Scotland from the Institute for Public Policy Research the report out today 25 June 2019 - How productivity could deliver inclusive growth in Scotland.   Since the devolution of further tax powers to the Scottish Parliament since 2015, more of Scotland's budget is now directly affected by tax revenue performance in Scotland.  
24/6/2019
‘People can't wait’ - when could Scotland’s new Income Supplement be introduced?
A new report out today 24 June 2019 from the Institute for Public Policy Research.   As part of IPPR Scotland's work in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on poverty in Scotland, we have been travelling across the country to hear from people living at the sharp end of poverty.  
24/6/2019
Trading Standards supports Delivery Law website
The website www.deliverylaw.uk was one year old on Saturday (22nd June 2019) and Trading Standards officers at Highland Council are looking to highlight its importance in the battle for fair internet delivery charges.   The site provides a one-stop-shop for consumers and businesses to receive all the information they need about internet delivery charges and to report bad practices that they might encounter.  
24/6/2019
How Productivity Could Deliver Inclusive Growth In ScotlandThumbnail for article : How Productivity Could Deliver Inclusive Growth In Scotland
A report out today by the Institute For Public Policy Research.   The UK economy has struggled to maintain productivity growth since the financial crash in 2008.  
24/6/2019
A Citizens' Wealth FundThumbnail for article : A Citizens' Wealth Fund
What if everyone owned some of our country's wealth? Find out more here: bit.ly/2RswV0y A declining labour share of national income, together with unequal capital ownership, mean wealth inequality in the UK has risen and is set to rise further.   This policy paper sets out why a Citizens' Wealth Fund, a sovereign wealth fund owned by and run in the interests of citizens, would help address this problem by transforming a part of national private and corporate wealth into shared net public wealth..  
24/6/2019
Crimestoppers Campaign Against Drug DealersThumbnail for article : Crimestoppers Campaign Against Drug Dealers
Crimestoppers charity launches campaign to highlight harm Drug Dealers inflict on vulnerable people.   The charity Crimestoppers is today launching a campaign to highlight the harm drug dealers can inflict on vulnerable people in Scotland's communities.  
24/6/2019
How Do We Move The Economy Away From Finance?Thumbnail for article : How Do We Move The Economy Away From Finance?
How does the success of our financial sector make it harder to achieve the prosperity and justice we wish to see? And what can be done to address this? Grace Blakeley explains.   For the full CEJ report go to https://www.ippr.org/cej.  
22/6/2019
Highland Council to consider Counselling Service
The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors is to be considered by the Council next week.   A report to Councillors will seek Members' approval for the procurement of an Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members which could offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.  
21/6/2019
Consultation: Stagecoach Timetable Revisions - Responses By 28 June 2019Thumbnail for article : Consultation: Stagecoach Timetable Revisions - Responses By 28 June 2019
Stagecoach North Scotland are reviewing timetables across their network and would like to invite you to comment on the proposals by 28 June 2019.   Full details of the proposed changes can be found by clicking HERE , and a copy of the proposed new timetable for Caithness can be downloaded HERE.  
20/6/2019
Lowest Unemployment Rate for over 40 years in UKThumbnail for article : Lowest Unemployment Rate for over 40 years in UK
Main points for February to April 2019.   The UK employment rate was estimated at 76.1%, higher than a year earlier (75.6%) and the joint-highest on record.  
20/6/2019
Consultation On The Draft National Whistleblowing Standards - Closes 28 June 2019
In 2020 the Scottish Government plans to introduce the new role of the Independent National Whistleblowing Officer (INWO).   The role and functions of the INWO will be undertaken by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.  
20/6/2019
MSPs To Review Value Of Regional Selective Assistance
The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee is focusing its pre-budget 2020-21 scrutiny on Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) and other financial support for businesses provided by Scotland's enterprise agencies.  It is our expectation that this will feed into Scottish Government budget plans and policy development.  
20/6/2019
Bank Rate maintained at 0.75% - June 2019Thumbnail for article : Bank Rate maintained at 0.75% - June 2019
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sets monetary policy to meet the 2% inflation target, and in a way that helps to sustain growth and employment.  At its meeting ending on 19 June 2019, the MPC voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.75%.