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19/4/2019
£1.4 billion invested in infrastructureThumbnail for article : £1.4 billion invested in infrastructure
New schools, roads and healthcare facilities opened.   Nineteen new school projects are amongst the £1.4 billion of new building projects completed in the last year, according to the latest update of the Scottish Government's infrastructure programme.  
19/4/2019
Funding to make homes more energy efficientThumbnail for article : Funding to make homes more energy efficient
People across Scotland at risk of fuel poverty will benefit from further investment to make homes warmer and energy efficient with funding announced today.   The Warmer Homes Scotland initiative has awarded a minimum of £38 million to managing agent Warmworks to continue to deliver the government's fuel poverty scheme over the next two years.  
19/4/2019
Education Maintenance Allowances 2017-18
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published statistics on Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) in the academic year 2017-18.  EMA provides financial support for young people aged 16 to 19 years from low-income households to overcome financial barriers to participate in school or college courses, or in an activity agreement.  
19/4/2019
Social Tenants In Scotland, 2017Thumbnail for article : Social Tenants In Scotland, 2017
Scotland's Chief Statistician has released Social Tenants in Scotland 2017, the third annual statistical compendium publication on social tenants and social rented housing in Scotland, covering topic areas such as stock, household characteristics, housing flows, and rents and income levels.  The publication is based on an analysis of a range of existing data sources, and includes trend data for earlier years and comparisons with other housing tenures and with other parts of the UK where possible.  
19/4/2019
Tackling Skills Shortages
A pilot project to reduce Scotland's skills gap by formally recognising and accrediting the skills and qualifications of people from overseas is being expanded.   The initiative, which is being delivered by Glasgow Caledonian University, will support employers by helping migrants transfer training gained in other countries into UK-recognised qualifications across key sectors such as social care, construction, engineering, IT and hospitality.  
19/4/2019
Extension Of Free Tuition For EU Students
EU citizens who study a Further or Higher education course in Scotland in the 2020/21 academic year will be charged the same tuition fees and will get the same fee support as Scottish students for the entirety of their courses.   This will mean that the vast majority of EU students will be guaranteed free tuition.  
19/4/2019
Investment In Social Media Support
New steps to support young people's mental health.   Steps to improve the mental health of young people, and directly target the impact of social media and body image on mental well-being, are to be supported through a new package of measures.  
Police and DVLA Swoop On Unlicensed Vehicles in CaithnessThumbnail for article : Police and DVLA Swoop On Unlicensed Vehicles in Caithness
A multi-agency operation aimed at removing abandoned and untaxed vehicles from the roads of Caithness has led to 27 vehicles being clamped or seized.   Police Scotland officers have worked with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Highland Council Environmental Health officers during the three day operation running from Monday, April 15 until Wednesday, 17 April 2019.  
18/4/2019
Wick Businesses Talk With Councillors About How To Improve The Town CentreThumbnail for article : Wick Businesses Talk With Councillors About How To Improve The Town Centre
Wick Town Hall packed as businesses and councillors gather to discuss ambitious town centre regeneration vision.   More than 50 retailers and business owners attend presentation and discussion session in Wick Town Hall, hosted by all four ward councillors.  
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18/4/2019
TSB - The Bank Reductions Keep Coming - Thurso And Wick Reduced Opening HoursThumbnail for article : TSB - The Bank Reductions Keep Coming - Thurso And Wick Reduced Opening Hours
MSP contacts TSB chief executive after closure and reduced hours released.   MSP David Stewart has called for the UK Government to take action to stem the flow of bank closures and the pattern of reduced banking hours following the announcement that the TSB is to close a Moray branch and cut hours at other branches across the Highlands.  
18/4/2019
From the Fraser Commentary - Scotland's domestic policy agenda
From the Fraser of Allender Blog.   One consequence of the Brexit debate is that it has left little room for discussions of the emerging structural challenges and opportunities our economy is facing.  
17/4/2019
Inverness West Link New Road Stage 2 BeginsThumbnail for article : Inverness West Link New Road Stage 2 Begins
The final stage of the West Link is to commence following the award of the £10.1M construction contract to a local company to build the additional swing bridge and roundabout, with the associated realignment of General Booth Road.   Following a tender exercise, The Highland Council has awarded the contract to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd from Dingwall.  
17/4/2019
£17m vs £31k: 16 Industries Where CEOs Earn Employees Salaries In Less Than a WeekThumbnail for article : £17m vs £31k: 16 Industries Where CEOs Earn Employees Salaries In Less Than a Week
It Takes Less Than a Day For an Entertainment CEO to Earn an Employees Salary Research shows that the average CEO's salary is £5.2 million compared to the average worker's salary of £32,489.   The average American CEO earns around £12.7 million compared to the American employees earning around £35,904.  
17/4/2019
Brexit and the sectors of the Scottish economy - UpdateThumbnail for article : Brexit and the sectors of the Scottish economy - Update
Leaving the European Union (EU) will represent the most significant change to the Scottish economy in a generation.   It will impact the way we trade and it will alter patterns of investment and the supply of workers.  
17/4/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 17 April 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 17 April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April 17th) sold 595 store cattle and 81 breeding heifers.   Store bullocks (287) averaged 225.3p and sold to 270.7p per kg for a pen of 410kg Charolais crosses from Kindeace, Alness, and £1,405 gross for a pair of 662kg Charolais crosses from Broynach, Thurso.  
16/4/2019
STUC Conference - USDAW Union Worries Over Automation
STUC Conference: USDAW makes a call to ‘save our shops', raises the threat to jobs from automation and says it is ‘time for better pay'.   STUC Conference: Usdaw makes a call to ‘save our shops', raises the threat to jobs from automation and says it is ‘time for better pay' Shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw is calling on delegates at the Scottish Trades Union Congress to back the union’s Time for Better Pay campaign, which seeks a minimum wage of at least £10 per hour for all workers and an end to insecure jobs.  
16/4/2019
Record Employment Rates In UK Continue Upward SurgeThumbnail for article : Record Employment Rates In UK Continue Upward Surge
Source: Office for National Statistics - Labour Force Survey.   The UK employment rate was estimated at 76.1%, higher than for a year earlier (75.4%) and the joint-highest figure on record.  
16/4/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 April 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 16th) sold 6 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (1) averaged 216.0p (+6.7p) and sold to 216.0p per kg and £1,360.80 gross.  
15/4/2019
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin PermitsThumbnail for article : Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin Permits
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - order your 2019/20 brown bin garden waste permit now.   Highland Council Garden Waste Permits are now available to order for the 2019/20 Permit Season.  
15/4/2019
IR35 Rules Changing in 2020 - Get Ready NowThumbnail for article : IR35 Rules Changing in 2020 - Get Ready Now
IR35 is a piece of legislation designed to tackle tax avoidance from 'disguised employment' - where self-employed contractors set up limited companies to pay themselves through dividends, which are not subject to National Insurance.  It was first introduced in 1999 by then-chancellor Gordon Brown.