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2018-19, Quarter 1 Non-domestic Rates Revaluation Appeals Statistics
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Scotland's Chief Statistician today published the above statistics on the progress and results of revaluation appeals following the 2010 and 2017 Revaluations, as at 30 June 2018.  
Investing In Scotland's Digital Future
Businesses in Scotland are to benefit from the most advanced ‘Internet of Things' (IoT) network in the UK as part of a £6 million project.   The new network, called IoT Scotland, will provide a wireless sensor network for applications and services to collect data from devices and send that data without the need for 3G/4G or Wi-Fi, supporting businesses develop new and innovative applications, changing the way they work.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 27 August 2018
LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 27th) sold 2,614 store lambs.   Lambs (2,614) averaged £48.70 and sold to £86 gross for a Texel lamb from Druim Torrach, 17 Hougharry.  
New Probationer Teachers In HighlandThumbnail for article : New Probationer Teachers In Highland
One hundred and nineteen probationer teachers were recently welcomed to the Highlands at an Induction Course held in Smithton Free Church Hall.   We were also delighted to welcome a group of 13 new Canadian teachers, recruited through our agency partners TimePlan Education who will work in our primary and secondary schools across the authority.  
Need A Dentist? - Wick Dental Practice Is Open For RegistrationsThumbnail for article : Need A Dentist? - Wick Dental Practice Is Open For Registrations
Everyone in Caithness can recall the problems of getting a dental appointment locally.   For several years it was very difficult but now the recently opened Wick Dental Practice is still looking for new registrations.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
WeekCommencing 20th August 2018 Energy & Business Services: Good to see another Beatrice milestone being reached this week, with the news that all of the inter-array cabling for the development has now been completed.  With the crew transfer vessels based in Wick now able to use the new pontoon berths at the harbour the project is reaching the critical phase where construction work and operations work are both moving ahead quickly.  
Highland Council Budget Leader Announces Further Squeeze on SpendingThumbnail for article : Highland Council Budget Leader Announces Further Squeeze on Spending
Budget Leader highlights early action required to address overspend.   The Corporate Revenue Monitoring Statement for Quarter 1 (Apr - June 18), which will go to the Council's Corporate Resources Committee next week, is projecting a £5.1 m overspend for the year.  
BREXIT No Deal Proposals Set Out By UK Government
How things will change under BREXIT from the EU is still essentially unknown but today the UK government published its thought on a NO Deal situation by 29th March 2019.   Food, Credit Cards, Farm Payments, Banking, Finance, Atomic Agreements, Money Laundering and much more.  
Council to consult on set school Easter holiday
A proposal to set a fixed school holiday for the first 2 weeks in April each year from 2019 onwards will go out to consultation by The Highland Council's Care and Learning Service.   The service will consult with Head Teachers, Parent Councils, the Local Negotiating Committee for Teacher representatives and other relevant educational establishments in Highland.  
The persistent myth about the financial crisis and living standards
It has become commonplace to describe the period since the Great Recession with lots of dramatic words—not only referring to the financial crisis itself, but how the economy and household living standards have stagnated.  Growth in average living standards has been described as 'terrible' or 'disastrous', while there has been much talk of a 'cost of living crisis' and a 'squeezed middle'.  
Council to consult on closure of Altnaharra Primary School
Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee have agreed for the Council to conduct a statutory consultation on a proposal to discontinue the provision of education at Altnaharra Primary School and to formally close the school.   In a report to committee, Councillors were informed that the school has been mothballed since February 2017 and that there are no prospective pupils in the foreseeable future, and no long term prospect of the school having a viable roll.  
Public Finances Continue To Improve
Scotland's public finances are continuing to improve, with total revenue reaching £60 billion, as the economy grew twice as fast as the UK at the start of 2018.   Onshore tax revenue increased by £2 billion in 2017-18, with offshore revenue increasing by more than £1 billion according to the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures published today.  
Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland 2017-18
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.   The publication of Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) 2017-18 was announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.  
Science Skills Academy progress welcomed by Councillors
Progress on the development of the ground-breaking Science Skills Academy initiative in Highland has been welcomed by Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Councillor Andrew Baxter, Chair of the Care, Learning and Housing Committee said: "I commend the work that the Science Skills Academy is achieving in bringing exciting opportunities for young people to experience the applicability of STEM subjects.  
9% Pay Rise For NHS Workers Over 3 Yeas
NHS employees and unions in Scotland have formally accepted a pay rise of at least 9% over the next three years.   The increase, which is the most generous health pay uplift anywhere in the UK, will benefit 147,000 ‘Agenda for Change' employees including all nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
19 August 2018 Energy & Business Services: It was good to meet this week with Mike Muir of M2 Procurement & Commercial Services.  Mike has extensive experience in procurement and commercial services, particularly in the nuclear sector, and I was delighted to hear that M2PCS has recently been awarded a contract to help develop the "Open4Business" portal that SSE has used to advertise many of its supply chain contracts.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd -Sale 16 August 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 16th) sold 13,251 store lambs at their annual district sale to average £50.91 (-£1.63 on the year).   Cheviot wedder lambs (5,644) averaged £47.89 (-£1.47) and sold to £70.00 gross twice from 1 Dounie, Edderton & Park Farm, Strathpeffer.  
Winter service policy approved for Highland Council roads
The Winter Service Policy for The Highland Council this coming winter 2018/19 has been approved by Members of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee.   The Council's policy relates to clearing and gritting of Highland Council adopted roads, cycle ways, footways and footpaths.  
5-year Parking Policy for Highland drives forward
A 5 year Parking Policy and Guidance for The Highland Council area has been approved by Members of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee.   The policy, which is required by the local authority to underpin its enforcement of decriminalised parking will cover the period from 2018 - 2023.  
Council agrees site for Materials Recovery Facility
The Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee has today agreed the Longman Landfill site in Inverness as the preferred location to construct a new centralised waste management facility (Materials Recovery Facility) to recover recyclates and produce Refuse Derived Fuel, as the Council's preferred interim arrangements for meeting the requirements of the ban on landfilling which commences in January 2021.  This facility will process all of the Highland’s 83,000 tonnes of residual (non-recyclable) waste from 2021 onwards.