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Improving Accommodation For Gypsy/traveller Communities
£20 million fund for local authorities to establish model sites.   Local authorities can now apply to a new fund which will help to provide more and better accommodation for Gypsy/Traveller communities.  
£1 Million For Armed Forces Charities
Opening of fund to help vital sector recover from pandemic.   A £1 million support fund for Armed Forces charities across Scotland has today opened for bids.  
UK Prepares To Launch New Trade Deal Negotiations With Canada And Mexico
Call for input launched today for businesses and others to shape UK trade deal negotiations with Canada and Mexico, which will start later this year.   The UK is to begin negotiations for upgraded trade deals with Canada and Mexico this year focused on creating even greater opportunities for UK businesses in industries of the future such as digital, data and services.  
Nevis Range Unveils New Summer ProjectsThumbnail for article : Nevis Range Unveils New Summer Projects
The mountain resort will enhance its summer offering with a new blue accessed gondola trail that, once completed, will be the UK's longest uplift accessed mountain bike trail.   A new and more convenient controlled entry car parking system will also be installed for summer 2021 which will allow visitors the option to pre-purchase parking tickets online.  
Online North Coast 500 Leaflet Packed With Places To SeeThumbnail for article : Online North Coast 500 Leaflet Packed With Places To See
Three dramatically different coasts await you.  Refresh your senses among the spectacular mountains, experience the power of the elements on dramatic headlands and wander along deserted beaches to really connect with nature and the local heritage.  
£365k For Caithness And Sutherland Tourism RecoveryThumbnail for article : £365k For Caithness And Sutherland Tourism Recovery
A three-year strategy to help in the recovery of the tourism industry in Caithness and Sutherland has secured £365,000 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Destination management organisation (DMO), Venture North, is leading the project, which will create the equivalent of three full-time jobs.  
Coronavirus Covid-19: Daily Data For Scotland - 3 June 2021
835 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   31,841 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 2.8% of these were positive.  
Three Quarters Of UK Adults Vaccinated With First Dose
Milestone reached as Health and Social Care Secretary gives a speech marking almost 6 months since unprecedented vaccination programme began.   Over three quarters of UK adults have been vaccinated with a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  
Australian Trade Deal Could Slash Tariffs On Whisky And Boost Scottish Industry
Trade deal with Australia could boost Scottish industries like financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and food and drink.   A UK-Australia trade deal could include a major boost for Scotch whisky producers with the removal of a 5% tariff on whisky exports, the Department for International Trade has revealed today (Thursday 3rd June).  
Financial Clarity Call Ahead Of Summit
Extend furlough scheme for as long as it is needed, FM urges UK Government Ahead of the rescheduled four-nations Covid recovery summit, the FM is calling on the UK Government to extend furlough, rule out a return to austerity and prioritise a just recovery from the pandemic, ensuring that pre-existing inequalities are not further exacerbated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.   First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:"We have made significant progress on the way out of this pandemic, which has devastated the lives of so many.  
Plan For Jobs Is Working With 1.3 Million Employees Moving Off Furlough In March And April
Furlough numbers have fallen to their lowest level this year, according to official statistics published today, as the number of people relying on the scheme fell to 3.4 million.   1.3 million fewer employees accessed the furlough scheme in March and April according to new data showing our focus on jobs continues to pay off.  
More Than 240,000 EU Citizens Able To Stay In Scotland - Deadline To Apply 30 June 2021
Concern that many have still to apply.   With less than a month to go to apply, more than a quarter of a million applications have been made by EU Citizens to remain in Scotland.  
Portugal To Be Taken Off Travel Green List And Moves To Amber List
Portugal will be downgraded to the Amber list for travel purposes.   In addition there will be no countries added to the Green list.  
Highland Council Backs Scotland Is Stunning CampaignThumbnail for article : Highland Council Backs Scotland Is Stunning Campaign
The Highland Council is supporting the second phase of the national award-wining Scotland is Stunning - Let's Keep It That Way litter prevention campaign.   First launched last year to coincide with tourism re-opening in Scotland, the campaign by Zero Waste Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government and Keep Scotland Beautiful, aims to raise awareness of the harm done by littering, encouraging Scots to change their habits by taking their litter home or binning it.  
Scams Warning For Tax Credits Customers
Tax credits customers should be alert to potential scams as HMRC responds to more than one million referrals of suspicious contact in the last year.   Tax credits customers should be vigilant and alert to potential scams, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned, as the remaining annual renewal packs will arrive in the post this week.  
Transforming Scotland's Economy - £62million for taxi drivers and a further £12million For Level 2 Area Businesses
Building a sustainable recovery that protects and creates jobs.   Seizing Scotland's economic potential, creating secure, sustainable and satisfying jobs and supporting businesses recover from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic should be a national endeavour, according to Economy Secretary Kate Forbes.  
Àirigh - Motorhome Stopover Sites Possible In Highland
The Highland Council is believed to be the first local authority in the UK to temporarily relax licensing regulations to enable landowners with suitable sites to provide continental style motorhome stopovers known as ‘Aire' - Àirigh (meaning Shieling in Gaelic).   Highland Council is adapting to the significant increase of motorhome ownership in the UK and the demand for self-contained holidays by creating an opportunity to offer small, simple and low-cost short stopovers for motorhome visitors.  
Inequalities Exposed - Home-start Report Reveals Top Three Post-pandemic Concerns For ParentsThumbnail for article : Inequalities Exposed - Home-start Report Reveals Top Three Post-pandemic Concerns For Parents
Twice as many low income families (under £16,000 p.a.) are not optimistic about life after lockdown compared with those earning more (over £30,000 p.a.) 57% parents are concerned about their own wellbeing or mental health in the year ahead.   65 % of parents are particularly worried about their children's social development.  
A Final Piece Of Inverness's West Link - The New Torvean Swing BridgeThumbnail for article : A Final Piece Of Inverness's West Link - The New Torvean Swing Bridge
A vital stage of the city's ambitious West Link project swung into place on 31st May 2021 with the opening of the new Torvean Bridge in Inverness.   The swing bridge opening represents a core element of the transformational West Link Project which is now drawing towards its conclusion.  
Climate campaign launches - Thumbnail for article : Climate campaign launches -
‘Let's do Net Zero' calls for collective action to help hit net zero.   A major TV, radio and digital campaign to encourage people across Scotland to come together to tackle the climate emergency has been launched ahead of COP26 in Glasgow later this year.