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18/3/2021
More Than 500 New Jobs Announced
£78 million investment for global research hub in Scotland.   More than 500 new jobs are to be created as part of plans to establish a global health research, development and manufacturing hub.  
18/3/2021
More Than 25 Million People In The Uk Have Received Their First Dose Of A Covid-19 Vaccine.Thumbnail for article : More Than 25 Million People In The Uk Have Received Their First Dose Of A Covid-19 Vaccine.
Significant milestone reached as almost half of all UK adults in the UK get the vaccine.   95% of people aged 65 and over have been vaccinated with first dose.  
18/3/2021
£25 Million Boost For Nurse TrainingThumbnail for article : £25 Million Boost For Nurse Training
Nurses and other healthcare students will benefit from expanded virtual training, and the launch of a new national critical care qualification for qualified nurses.   Up to £15 million for English universities to rapidly expand simulated learning for nursing and other healthcare students this year, providing flexibility during the pandemic.  
18/3/2021
Islands Growth Deal Worth £335 Million SignedThumbnail for article : Islands Growth Deal Worth £335 Million Signed
UK Government joins partners to sign Heads of Terms agreement for Scotland's three island areas.   On Wednesday 17 March 2021, UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart joined the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, and leaders of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council, and Shetland Islands Council to sign the Heads of Terms for the Islands Growth Deal.  
18/3/2021
HMCTS Telephone Numbers Used By Tax ScammersThumbnail for article : HMCTS Telephone Numbers Used By Tax Scammers
Scammers using HM Courts & Tribunals Service telephone numbers to demand tax payments.   An increasing number of concerned individuals are contacting offices across HMCTS following emails or phone calls by scammers.  
18/3/2021
Aberdeenshire To Drive Forward Green Industrial RevolutionThumbnail for article : Aberdeenshire To Drive Forward Green Industrial Revolution
A new project to provide safe carbon storage capacity in the North Sea, off Aberdeenshire, will benefit from £31 million of UK Government funding.   £31 million UK Government funding for world-class, safe carbon storage in rock deep below the North Sea.  
18/3/2021
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack On Scotland's Q4 2020-21 GDPThumbnail for article : Scottish Secretary Alister Jack On Scotland's Q4 2020-21 GDP
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack's response to the gross domestic product (GDP) for Scotland (first estimate) for 2020-21 quarter four.   Scottish Secretary, Alister Jack said:While today's figures show signs of resilience for the economy over the winter months, we know the current lockdown continues to affect many individuals and businesses.  
18/3/2021
More Powers To Protect Domestic Abuse Victims
Parliament backs Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill.   Legislation has been passed giving more powers to police and courts to protect people at risk of domestic abuse.  
18/3/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19 daily data for Scotland - 18 March 2021
624 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   26,282 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 2.7% of these were positive.  
18/3/2021
Bank Rate Maintained At 0.1% - March 2021
At its meeting ending on 17 March 2021, the Committee judged that the existing stance of monetary policy remains appropriate.  The MPC voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.1%.  
18/3/2021
£450 Million Borderlands Growth Deal Now UnderwayThumbnail for article : £450 Million Borderlands Growth Deal Now Underway
UK Government joins partners to sign-off on huge deal that spans Northern England and Southern Scotland.   The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal was formally signed today, 18 March 2021, bringing up to £452 million of fresh investment to the Borderlands area.  
17/3/2021
Landmark For Children's Rights In Scotland
Scotland is to become the first devolved nation in the world to directly incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law.   MSPs voted unanimously for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill to become law, meaning public authorities will have to comply with children's rights.  
17/3/2021
Far Away But Do We Really Think About UK Bombs Being Dropped Regularly In Syria And Iraq
Summary Wednesday 10 March - RAF Typhoons struck Daesh terrorists based inside caves in northern Iraq.   Thursday 11 March – Typhoons conducted further attacks on Daesh in northern Iraq.  
17/3/2021
Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 Variants Identified In UkThumbnail for article : Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 Variants Identified In Uk
Two additional cases of Variant of Concern VOC-21JAN-02 (P.1) found in England.   Two more cases of the Variant of Concern VOC-21JAN-02 (P.1) have been identified in England - one in the West Midlands and one in Haringey, London.  
17/3/2021
UK Agrees Fishing Catch Limits With EU And NorwayThumbnail for article : UK Agrees Fishing Catch Limits With EU And Norway
The UK, Norway and the European Union have today signed a trilateral agreement on catch limits in 2021.   The UK has (16 March 2021) reached agreement with Norway and the European Union on catch limits in 2021 for six jointly-managed fish stocks in the North Sea.  
17/3/2021
Thousands of families in Scotland reap the benefits of Tax-Free Childcare
More than 14,000 families in Scotland using their Tax-Free Childcare accounts to pay for childcare costs are benefitting from a UK Government top-up worth up to £500 every three months, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced.   But there are thousands of families missing out on the chance to save money on childcare.  
17/3/2021
Bechtel And Hexicon To Demonstrate Floating Wind Technology - Could The Dounreay Tri Project Happen?
Bechtel is partnering with windfarm developer Hexicon to demonstrate offshore wind technology that could be a ‘game-changer' as it can be deployed in deep waters at a lower cost of energy than other solutions.  The industry currently relies on shallow water platforms that are fixed to the seabed.  
17/3/2021
OPPORTUNITY: Highland Employment Recruitment Offer - grant support up to £6,000 to employers
The Highland Council has opened applications for the Highland Employment Recruitment Offer (HERO), which offers grant support of up to £6,000 to help employers meet the cost of recruiting and employing someone who fits the criteria.   Full details of the HERO fund can be found on the Highland Council website , and we have summarised the key eligibility criteria below.  
17/3/2021
Liz Barclay Named As Small Business Commissioner To Lead Crackdown On Late Payments To Small Businesses
New Commissioner named to champion small businesses and tackle issue of delayed invoices.   Experienced business advocate and former journalist Liz Barclay appointed to head up government office tackling late payments to businesses.  
17/3/2021
Investing With Purpose - Increasing Global Investment In ScotlandThumbnail for article : Investing With Purpose - Increasing Global Investment In Scotland
Plans have been published to increase the value of private investment flowing into Scotland and make the country a global centre of ethical finance.   The Global Capital Investment Plan contains 30 measures to increase the availability of private capital to businesses and projects while improving links with financial centres.