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16/12/2019
Policing In Scotland - Six Year Plan
Strategic priorities set direction for police over the next six years.   Policing priorities to ensure the service responds to future demands over the next six years have been published.  
16/12/2019
Rural Planning To Be Prioritised
The need for planning permission could be removed for certain types of rural developments to help tackle depopulation and support local economies.   Small scale developments such as the conversion of agricultural buildings to deliver more homes in rural areas could automatically be given the go-ahead under a review of planning laws.  
16/12/2019
MSP at a loss why no reply from Scottish Government on Bullying Compensation question
Highlands and Islands MSP, David Stewart, is still to get a reply from the Scottish Government about if it was asked by NHS Highland to step in to fund a compensation scheme for bullying and harassment victims.   Mr Stewart, who is also Labour's Shadow Public Health Minister, put down a Parliamentary Question on November 26, but, despite Health Secretary Jeane Freeman saying it would be answered on December 11, she has now said she will reply "as soon as possible".  
16/12/2019
Financial Stability Report And Financial Policy Committee Record And Stress Testing Results - December 2019Thumbnail for article : Financial Stability Report And Financial Policy Committee Record And Stress Testing Results - December 2019
The Bankof England has published the latest Financial Stability Report, Financial Policy Committee Record and stress testing results.   See the full report HERE.  
15/12/2019
Scottish Drivers Unprepared For Winter Weather Breakdowns
NFU Mutual and RAC urge drivers to prioritise in-car safety equipment.   Car owners in Scotland are more likely to carry an umbrella than basic safety equipment 57% of Scottish car owners have broken down in their lifetime NFU Mutual and RAC partner to provide advice to Scottish drivers Having surveyed more than 1,500 UK-wide car owners on their ability to cope with a winter breakdown with worrying findings for those in Scotland and the UK, a rural insurance company is urging Scottish drivers to prioritise in-car safety equipment.  
15/12/2019
Growth Spurt: 1.6 Million Small Businesses Double Their Revenue In A Month
• 1.6 million small businesses say they double their revenue in some months.   • 53 per cent of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) reported an increase in revenue in past year.  
15/12/2019
DBRS Morningstar Confirms The United Kingdom At AAA, Stable
DBRS Ratings GmbH (DBRS Morningstar) confirmed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland's (the United Kingdom or U.K.) Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency - Issuer Ratings at AAA.  At the same time, DBRS Morningstar confirmed the Short-Term Foreign and Local Currency – Issuer Ratings at R-1 (high).  
15/12/2019
IR35: Some Key Questions Answered
The UK government's draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2019 spells out HMRC's plans to extend IR35 compliance obligations to end users in the private sector.  Since its publication, familiarity and anxiety with IR35, also known as the ‘off-payroll working rules', has escalated rapidly.  
13/12/2019
Jamie Stone Retains Seat 2019 Election in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency - UK Parliamentary general election results Jamie Hume STONE - Scottish Liberal Democrats has been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency at the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December 2019.   The election count was held overnight at Inverness Leisure, Bught Lane, Inverness.  
13/12/2019
Ross, Skye And Lochaber Constituency - 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election Result
Ian BLACKFORD - Scottish National Party (SNP) has been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency at the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December 2019.   The election count was held overnight at Inverness Leisure, Bught Lane, Inverness.  
13/12/2019
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency - UK Parliamentary general election result
Drew HENDRY - Scottish National Party (SNP) has been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency at the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December 2019.   The election count was held overnight at Inverness Leisure, Bught Lane, Inverness.  
12/12/2019
Energy Minister Marks Completion Of Caithness-Moray Transmission LinkThumbnail for article : Energy Minister Marks Completion Of Caithness-Moray Transmission Link
The Scottish Government's Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, marked the official completion of SSEN Transmission’s flagship Caithness-Moray HVDC link with a visit to Blackhillock substation in Moray.   The £1bn transmission link, delivered on time and within regulatory allowances, has unlocked the vast renewables potential of the north of Scotland.  
12/12/2019
Community ownership is increasing across Scotland
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published the Community Ownership in Scotland 2018 publication.  The publication presents the number of assets in community ownership, the number of community groups that own assets and the total area of assets in community ownership.  
11/12/2019
John OGroat Journal Now Part Of A New Company After Brief Administration
Scottish Provincial Press, one of Scotland's largest publishers of local newspapers is under new ownership after briefly going into administration.   Administrators were called in by Scottish Provincial Press (SPP) on Tuesday morning.  
11/12/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 11 December 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December 11th) sold 177 store cattle, 11 adult head of breeding cattle 24 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (98) averaged 200.8p and sold to 265.1p per kilo for a pair of 215kg Limousin crosses from 14 Linicro, Portree and £1,130 gross for a 590kg Limousin cross from Towerhill, Thurso.  
11/12/2019
November Retails Sales 4.0 percent down
British Retail Consortium DISTORTION SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF BLACK FRIDAY.   Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, BRC: "Once the figures are adjusted to take account of the timing of Black Friday, growth appears stronger in November than in previous months.  
10/12/2019
Primary Teacher Numbers Rise In Scotland
Primary school teacher numbers are at their highest level since 1980 and total teacher numbers have risen by 288, new statistics have shown.   The overall number of teachers rose to 52,247, an increase of 1,530 since 2015 and the highest level since 2009.  
10/12/2019
Private Rented Properties In Scotland Will Need To Meet Higher Standards of Insulation
Private rented sector properties in Scotland will need to achieve increased minimum standards.   EPC of E at change of tenancy from 1 April 2020.  
10/12/2019
Achievement Of Curriculum For Excellence (cfe) Levels
Scotland's Chief Statistician has today published statistics on school pupils' achievement of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Levels in reading, writing, listening & talking and numeracy.  The statistics, based on teacher judgement, report on the percentage of school pupils in Primary 1 (P1), Primary 4 (P4), Primary 7 (P7) and Secondary 3 (S3) who have achieved the expected CfE level relevant to their stage.  
10/12/2019
Heavy Rain Causes Landslips - Kylerhea, Isle of Skye and Raasay
Two roads are closed on Isle of Skye and Raasay due to landslips.   The C1239 Lusa - Kylerhea Road is closed at around 3.7km from the Invergarry - Uig trunk road (A87) due to a landslip from the hill above which has covered the road with mud for around 100 - 120m.