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Caithness Business Fund COVID-19 support scheme now open - first round closes 12 June
The Caithness Business Fund is pleased to announce that, thanks to a generous contribution of £100,000 from Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), it will be running a series of application rounds designed to support local businesses in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.   This support will be provided in the form of grants ranging from £500 up to a maximum of £5,000, and will be made available initially to eligible businesses in Caithness and North Sutherland which require assistance towards costs incurred in reopening business premises as a result of COVID-19.  
Additional Quota For Inshore FishingThumbnail for article : Additional Quota For Inshore Fishing
Up to £2 million of potential new opportunities to help fleet.   Inshore fishers who usually target shellfish will now be able to diversify into new markets and access fishing opportunities worth up to £2 million.  
Dounreay Accommodation Units Support Coronavirus ResponseThumbnail for article : Dounreay Accommodation Units Support Coronavirus Response
Around 80 portable accommodation units deemed surplus to requirements are being removed from the site and transported to England to be used as isolation cubicles in the prison service.   Known as Bunkabins, the demountable cabins have been located at the site for the last five years.  
6/5/2020
MSP Asks First Minister To Tackle Insurance Companies Who've Wriggled Out Of Their Obligations
The First Minster is to ask the Scottish Government Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, to have direct discussion with the insurance sector about companies who are "wriggling out of their obligations" to Scottish businesses.   Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, asked Nicola Sturgeon today at First Minister's Questions about the problems firms were having claiming their business interruption insurance.  
How Dounreay is responding to coronavirusThumbnail for article : How Dounreay is responding to coronavirus
Dounreay is working with the community to provide assistance during the coronavirus outbreak.   Protecting our site We have reduced operations at the site to a level where we require a minimum number of people to leave their homes each day to keep Dounreay in a safe and secure state.  
9/3/2020
Six Projects Benefit From Over £85k In CNS Fund Latest Funding
Six community projects are to benefit from over £85k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards.   CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest grant awards helps to support a wide range of projects including initiatives that focus on delivering social improvements.  
5/2/2020
Sottish Chambers Of Commerce Reacts To Mixed Results Of Holyrood Rates Vote
Scottish Chambers of Commerce reacts to mixed results of Holyrood rates vote.   Whilst welcoming the Scottish Parliament's decision to retain the Uniform Business Rate, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has urged the Scottish Parliament to reconsider what it believes is a major barrier to a more flexible, responsive rates system outside of the revaluation cycle following voting on the Non Domestic Rates Bill (Scotland) today.  
NDA group enjoys a big WiN at awards ceremonyThumbnail for article : NDA group enjoys a big WiN at awards ceremony
Employees from across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group have been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony in London.   The Women in Nuclear (WiN) Annual Awards recognises those who have gone above and beyond to promote gender balance and diversity across the nuclear sector.  
Radio Active Particles At Dounreay Foreshore Latest ListThumbnail for article : Radio Active Particles At Dounreay Foreshore Latest List
The latest particle find on the Dounreay foreshore was on 17th January 2020.   See the updated list.  
The NDA has launched its 2020 Stakeholder Survey
We're looking for your input to help shape future engagement.   The on-line survey only takes 10-15 minutes to finish and gives stakeholders, with an interest in the NDA's decommissioning and clean-up mission, a chance to air their views on progress - and on how they can do things better.  
Engineering Apprenticeships (mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation) Closing Date 19 February 2020Thumbnail for article : Engineering Apprenticeships (mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation) Closing Date 19 February 2020
Starting Salary: £12,595 in Year 1 rising to £18,191 in Year 4.   Dounreay is working at the forefront of nuclear decommissioning, waste management and environmental restoration.  
Scrabster Harbour At The End Of 2019Thumbnail for article : Scrabster Harbour At The End Of 2019
See Photo Gallery to take look around Scrabster harbour as 2019 draws to a close..  
Agreement urgently needed on police authority's functionsThumbnail for article : Agreement urgently needed on police authority's functions
Greater clarity is needed around the core functions and finances of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) so that it can build a modern and financially stable police service.   A report on 17 December 2019 from the Auditor General highlights some progress over the last year amid a raft of new appointments to Police Scotland, including a new chief constable and three deputies, and seven new members to the SPA Board.  
Dounreay Heritage Annual Report 2018 To 2019
Dounreay heritage strategy - Updated 26 November 2019 The Dounreay Heritage Strategy was published in 2010 and is managed by the DSRL heritage officer with advice from a panel of external experts from Historic Environment Scotland (HES), National Museums Scotland (NMS), Highlife Highland (HLH) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).  The Heritage Advisory Panel held its ninth meeting on 26 March 2019 in Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives.  
Decommissioning In Japan - Learning From DounreayThumbnail for article : Decommissioning In Japan - Learning From Dounreay
As part of the nuclear sector deal, to foster ever-stronger links between the British and Japanese nuclear industry, Councillor Struan Mackie who represents Thurso and North West Caithness on Highland Council (Deputy-Chair of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group) undertook a five day Japanese visit to discuss the impact of nuclear decommissioning on local communities with stakeholders in Tsuruga City, Fukui prefecture.   The whistle-stop visit included two days in Tsuruga on , the home of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agencies fast reactor ‘Monju', is generally regarded to be a ‘partner plant' to Dounreay's PFR in Caithness.  
Dounreay Supplier Day Looks At Clean-up OpportunitiesThumbnail for article : Dounreay Supplier Day Looks At Clean-up Opportunities
Dounreay's latest supplier information day, hosted jointly with companies appointed to its decommissioning services framework, has proved popular with companies from around the UK.   Around 200 people packed into a venue in Wick, Caithness to hear about plans for future work to decommission the site.  
The Pensions Regulator Authorises Combined Nuclear Pension Plan Master Trust
This latest approval brings the total number of schemes authorised by TPR up to 35, following the approval of the University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme earlier this month (8 October).   CNPP is an industry-wide scheme, set up in 2006, for workers in the nuclear decommissioning industry.  
Dounreay Waste Store Construction Work Ahead Of ScheduleThumbnail for article : Dounreay Waste Store Construction Work Ahead Of Schedule
Construction work on the latest radioactive waste store at Dounreay is setting records.   The concrete floor slab has just been completed ahead of schedule and with an excellent safety record.  
Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactorThumbnail for article : Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactor
Half of the last remaining radioactive fuel elements jammed for decades inside the iconic Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) have now been removed.   DFR with its famous dome once led the world in fast breeder technology.  
New Drug Driving Laws To Be Introduced
Motorists face roadside drugs test.   Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed Police Scotland's preparations for the introduction of new drug driving laws on 21 October.