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30/1/2019
Farm Income Falls Due To The High Cost Of Feed
Total income from farming is estimated to have fallen by £57 million in 2018, after increasing in 2017.   The Chief Statistician in the Scottish Government today published Total Income from Farming Estimates for Scotland 2016-2018, which contains near-final estimates of Total Income from Farming (TIFF) for 2017 and an initial estimate of 2018 TIFF.  
30/1/2019
Scottish Retail Sales Grow By 0.6% In 2018 Quarter 4
In 2018 Quarter 4, the quantity of retail sales in Scotland grew by 0.6 per cent compared to the previous quarter, according to statistics announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.   The Retail Sales Index Scotland (RSIS) for Quarter 4 (October to December) 2018.  
30/1/2019
Scottish Retail Sales Grow By 0.6% In 2018 Quarter 4
In 2018 Quarter 4, the quantity of retail sales in Scotland grew by 0.6 per cent compared to the previous quarter, according to statistics announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.   The Retail Sales Index Scotland (RSIS) for Quarter 4 (October to December) 2018.  
30/1/2019
New children's social services data report published
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today published the Children's Services Workforce 2017 report, taking a detailed look at the children's social services workforce.   See https://data.sssc.uk.com/data-publications/194-the-childrens-services-workforce-2017 The data in the report supplements the information published in the SSSC's Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2017 Workforce Data.  
30/1/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 30 January 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (January, 30th) sold 728 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (536) averaged £63.63 and sold to £83.50 for a pen of Cheviots from Davoch, Rogart.  
29/1/2019
Landlord prosecuted for unlicensed HMO
Following an investigation by Highland Council Environmental Health Officers, a Fort William Landlord has been successfully prosecuted for operating a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without a licence.   An HMO is a property in which three or more unrelated adults are residing as their main residence and require to share kitchen, toilet or personal washing facilities.  
29/1/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 29 January 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 29th) sold 18 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (6) averaged 208.1p (-2.9p) and sold to 212.0p per kg and £1,359.60 gross.  
28/1/2019
MSP and GP representatives meet Health Secretary over GP ContractThumbnail for article : MSP and GP representatives meet Health Secretary over GP Contract
Two Highland GPs joined MSP Rhoda Grant for a meeting in Holyrood with Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.   Mrs Grant, Dingwall GP Miles Mack and Inverness GP Phil Wilson, also a Professor of Primary Care and Rural Health at the University of Aberdeen, outlined their concerns for rural and remote practices under the new GP Contract.  
26/1/2019
Caithness entrepreneurs get pitch perfectThumbnail for article : Caithness entrepreneurs get pitch perfect
This February, entrepreneurs in Caithness have the chance to attend a workshop that will leave them pitch perfect.   Business leaders will develop and hone their business pitches thanks to a workshop organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) through its Entrepreneurial Academy.  
26/1/2019
Scottish Certificate For Personal Licence Holders (refresher) Course
4th March 2019, 09:30 - 12:30 at Caithness Chamber of Commerce, Thurso.   £75 inclusive of SQA registration & certification.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 21 January 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The team working on this exciting project have now created a web presence at www.spacehubsutherland.com which will be a central resource for information about the project as it progresses.  And the team will be on the ground in Melness next week, continuing the series of engagement events with the local community.  
25/1/2019
Circular Economy - Fighting the throwaway cultureThumbnail for article : Circular Economy - Fighting the throwaway culture
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has reiterated the Scottish Government's pledge to introduce a deposit return scheme as part of plans to further tackle plastic waste.   Deposit return will increase the quality of recycled materials collected in Scotland.  
25/1/2019
Scottish Water Supports New Tenant Farmers In Government SchemeThumbnail for article : Scottish Water Supports New Tenant Farmers In Government Scheme
New farmers are being supported in developing their businesses by Scottish Water as part of a scheme to boost the rural economy.   And the first new tenant farmer has just taken up tenancy on land owned by the country's publicly-owned water utility.  
25/1/2019
More Homes For ScotlandThumbnail for article : More Homes For Scotland
The drive to increase the supply of affordable homes will be supported by £826 million through the 2019/20 Scottish Budget.   The funding will be made available through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme and is a £70 million increase on the current year.  
25/1/2019
Criminal Justice Service ‘contributing to reduction in offending'
The work of The Highland Council's Criminal Justice Social Work Service has been praised by Members of the Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Councillors were updated today (24 January 2019) on 3 key programmes being delivered by the Service and the impacts that this is having on persistent offenders, sex offenders, and domestic abuse perpetrators.  
25/1/2019
Education - Primary 1 Assessments - Independent review team call for views
Independent review team call for views.   Views are being sought on the use of standardised assessments for Primary 1 (P1) children as part of the independent review led by David Reedy.  
25/1/2019
ORIC Appoints Executive ManagerThumbnail for article : ORIC Appoints Executive Manager
The new Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) in Stromness has appointed an executive manager following a recent recruitment campaign.   John McGlynn will be joining the organisation from Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd in Kirkwall where he was the company's head of commercial development.  
25/1/2019
Inverness Town House open to publicThumbnail for article : Inverness Town House open to public
Inverness Town House will be open to the public on Saturday 9 February from 9am to 4pm to coincide with the Snowman Rally.   Locals and visitors are being invited to visit Inverness Town House and see for themselves the transformation of this public historic Grade A listed building following its award winning renovations.  
25/1/2019
How Much Do You Really Know About Crime?
It is easy for our perception of crime to be distorted - see how much you know about crime in England and Wales at http://bit.do/eGGHP Scotland at https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice.  
25/1/2019
Jurisdictional responses to the ‘Judicial Ways of Working' exercise
Message from Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice and Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: During the course of last year, we embarked on a wide-ranging exercise to gather the view of judges, panel members and magistrates on aspects of the proposals which underline the modernisation and reform programme of our courts and tribunals.  We sought to bring to bear the insight and expertise of the judiciary as a whole in the design by HMCTS of the detail of the plans.