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New Benefit For Young Carers
16-18 year-olds to get cash support from next week.   Teenage carers in Scotland will be the first in the UK to be given financial support thanks to a new Scottish Government grant.  
Seed Potato Brexit Concerns
Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon has written to Minister of State at DEFRA George Eustice seeking urgent clarification and assurance that Scottish seed potatoes can continue to be exported to third countries, such as Egypt, in the event of a ‘no deal' Brexit.   This is all the more urgent given that the UK will not be a listed third country for seed and other plant propagating material if the UK leaves the EU in a 'no deal' scenario and will therefore be unable to continue our exports to the EU.  
Social security improvements
New measurements will monitor progress towards a Scottish social security system that works for all who use it.   The measures will look at how Social Security Scotland operates and delivers benefits, including how the agency treats clients, if staff are well supported and how systems are working.  
Hidden By Queen's Speech Announcements 1% Increase In Public Works Loans Board Charges
What you might say has this got to with me.   Well in a round about way it affects us all as many public bodies including councils and health boards borrow from the PWLB at low cost.  
Uk Secures Listed Status To Protect £5 Billion Export Market
The UK has secured 'listed status' providing certainty for a market worth more than £5 billion a year.   The UK has secured approval to continue exporting animals and animal products to the EU if we leave without a deal on 31 October - providing certainty for a market worth more than £5 billion a year.  
£27m Funding For Active Travel
A new walking and cycling route in the north of Glasgow, the regeneration of Ayr town centre and green infrastructure travel links in Aberdeen, are amongst a number of active travel projects revealed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.   The projects are amongst more than 200 across Scotland receiving a total of £27 million of funding through walking and cycling charity, Sustrans Scotland's and Transport Scotland's flagship programme providing advice, support and infrastructure for walking and cycling Places for Everyone Details of the Programme’s major projects were announced in Perth in July.  
Exception Reporting - When Is It Unnecessary To Provide A Home Report?
From Housing News.   Surveyor Tom Laurie talks about the many, but perhaps little known, exceptions that exist for Home Reports.  
Dounreay Hosts IAEA Meeting For 26 Countries
Dounreay shared its knowledge of nuclear decommissioning with more than 50 specialists who attended an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting at the site last week.   Drawn from industry, government, regulators and academia, the group travelled to Caithness in Scotland to take part in a technical meeting about the work needed to leave the site in a safe condition for future generations.  
HMRC Accelerates 95,000 Firms Onto Simplified Import Procedures
Transitional Simplified Procedures will make importing after Brexit on 31 October much simpler, particularly for businesses that would be completing customs processes for the first time.   HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has automatically registered 95,000 businesses for its simplified import procedures allowing most traders up to 6 months to pay import duties and submit customs declarations, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019.  
Rent Arrears For Council Houses Up 14% In Scotland In One Year
The total amount of rent arrears on all council properties in Scotland has increased by 14% in a year as the number of council tenants in arrears increased by around 3% according to official figures.   Scottish Council Housing Income and Expenditure statistics for the year 2018/2019, published by Scotland's Chief Statistician, show that rent arrears on all council properties totalled £74 million in March 2019, up £9m (14.0%) on last year.  
Dunnet Bay Distillers Is Scottish Gin Distillery Of The Year At The Scottish Gin Awards 2019Thumbnail for article : Dunnet Bay Distillers Is Scottish Gin Distillery Of The Year At The Scottish Gin Awards 2019
The national awards programme which celebrates excellence in Scottish gin has revealed the names of the best gins made in Scotland this year, as part of its 3rd annual competition.   The Scottish Gin Awards revealed the winners last night following a rigorous judging process involving 30 leading experts from across the UK, the assessment of 104 written entries and the blind tasting of 173 gins, all distilled in Scotland.  
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.  
Wellness Tourism: A market you can't afford to miss!Thumbnail for article : Wellness Tourism:  A market you can't afford to miss!
Wellness Tourism is worth over £500bn worldwide, and has grown more than twice as fast as tourism overall.   Join us for the latest series of ‘TUNE INTO TOURISM', and explore how you can capitalise on this growing trend.  
Green Investment Programme Opens
Projects helping Scotland transition to a net-zero economy by 2045 can apply to be included in a new green investment programme, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.   The Green Investment Portfolio will give local authorities, developers and third sector organisations the opportunity to pitch for large scale investment to support projects reducing Scotland's emissions in areas like renewables, waste, transport and the circular economy.  
CBI Scotland Responds To The Latest ONS Regional Labour Market Statistics For Scotland
Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:"The latest figures show that employment is down across Scotland, signalling a bump in the road for what has been a robust local labour market.  With huge uncertainty impacting the whole economy, this is a timely reminder to focus on the basics: boosting productivity and maintaining Scotland's competitiveness.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 15 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 15th) sold 16 prime cattle.   Prime Heifers (16) averaged 195.2p (+2.1p) and sold to 209.0p per kg and £1,283.80 gross.  
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.  
NHS Highland board appoints new Vice ChairThumbnail for article : NHS Highland board appoints new Vice Chair
NHS Highland has announced that Ms.  Ann Clark has been appointed as Vice Chair of the NHS Highland Board.  
Action On PlasticsThumbnail for article : Action On Plastics
Cotton bud ban comes into force.   Scotland has become the first country in the UK to ban plastic-stemmed cotton buds.  
Pampering Parties at HomeThumbnail for article : Pampering Parties at Home
PAMPER YOUR MIND BODY & SOUL offers Pampering Parties for 8 or more people in own homes.   Pampering Parties caters for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Hen Parties, Christmas Parties and special occasions.