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18/11/2021
New Offence To Tackle Dog Theft Moves Step Closer
Government announces plans to bring forward a new criminal offence for pet abduction in Kept Animals Bill.   A new criminal offence to crack down on dog theft and put people who steal these much loved pets behind bars for up to five years has been set out in the Government's Kept Animals Bill today.  
18/11/2021
UK House Price Index For September 2021
From the Land Registry office.  The UK HPI shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  
18/11/2021
Ending Conversion Practices - Expert group to advise on ban in Scotland
An expert group will be established to advise the Scottish Government on the banning of conversion practices, which aim to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.   The group will include people with personal experience of conversion practices as well as representatives from LGBTI organisations, faith and belief communities, mental health professionals and academics.  
18/11/2021
Amazon Visa Cancellation: Searches for ‘Mastercard' explode 1,300% after rival Visa dropped by Amazon
Analysis of Google search data reveals that online searches for Visa's rival Mastercard exploded 1,300% on the 17th November in the UK, the day when Amazon announced it would no longer accept Visa credit cards from January 2022, due to the rising costs of working with Visa.   A new finding by Casinosites.org reveals that online interest in ‘Mastercard' exploded to 16 times the average volume in one day, an unprecedented spike in interest Mastercard, according to Google search data analysis.  
18/11/2021
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Knowing what does and doesn't count as 'working time' can be complex when it comes to paying the National Minimum Wage correctly.   Misunderstanding of what counts as working time as part of pay calculations is a common cause of underpayment - even amongst employers who think they are paying minimum wage rates, or above.  
18/11/2021
Public Urged To Think Twice Before Buying A Pet This ChristmasThumbnail for article : Public Urged To Think Twice Before Buying A Pet This Christmas
Public warned against being ‘Petfished' and to always research the person behind the pet Over a quarter (27%) of UK cat or dog owners say they noticed a suspicious seller or advert while purchasing their last cat or dog.   Defra's Petfished campaign film urges the public to think twice before buying a pet this Christmas.  
18/11/2021
Vitamin D Levels AdvisedThumbnail for article : Vitamin D Levels Advised
Dr John Campbell video on vit D.   Deficiency of Vit D limits the performance of systems resulting in, increased spread of diseases of civilization..  
18/11/2021
Recorded Crime In Scotland: October 2021Thumbnail for article : Recorded Crime In Scotland: October 2021
This Official Statistics bulletin presents information on the number of crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland during October 2021.  It also includes a comparison with the equivalent month of the previous two years.  
18/11/2021
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 18 November 2021
3,235* new cases of COVID-19 reported.   45,338* new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 7.5%* of these were positive.  
17/11/2021
Progress For Scotland's National Investment Bank
A new £13 million green energy investment has been announced by the Scottish National Investment Bank.   Marking the Bank's first year of operation, the new finance will accelerate the delivery of the Iona Wind Partnership’s onshore wind project, powering 850,000 homes with clean renewable power.  
17/11/2021
Business Ventilation Fund
A £25 million fund to improve ventilation in business premises and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission will open for applications next week.   Small and medium-sized businesses such as restaurants, bars and gyms will be able to claim back costs of up to £2,500 to undertake work such as the installation of carbon dioxide monitors and remedial improvement work to windows and vents.  
17/11/2021
Private Sector Rent Statistics, 2021
Statistics on average annual private sector rents to the end of September 2021 have been released today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.   Average rents for two bedroom properties, the most common size of private rented home in Scotland, have increased above inflation in 10 out of 18 areas compared with 2020.  
17/11/2021
Why Having Bad Oral Health Could Raise The Risk Of Covid
Not brushing your teeth will get you in trouble with the dentist - but since the arrival of the pandemic, it could lead to bigger problems too.  There's growing evidence that poor oral health raises the risk posed by COVID.  
17/11/2021
Lifeline For Libraries
Innovative projects to reopen some of the libraries that closed during the pandemic, set up wellbeing cafes or provide home library services have received more than £1 million in funding.   The Scottish Government's £1.25 million Public Library COVID Relief Fund will support 23 projects around the country to re-connect communities with their libraries.  
17/11/2021
£50 Million For Warmer, Greener Homes
Support available to help people save on heating bills this winter.   An additional £18 million will be available this year to help householders install energy efficient measures and reduce their heating bills, bringing the total support available through Home Energy Scotland to £50 million in 2021-2022.  
17/11/2021
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 17 November 2021
3,360 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   40,412 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 8.8% of these were positive.  
17/11/2021
Towards A Circular Economy
Taking action to reduce waste and its impact.   The next steps in creating a circular economy in Scotland have been announced today, as Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater provided an update to parliament.  
17/11/2021
Acas publishes advice to help employers avoid fire and rehire practices
Workplace expert, Acas, published evidence on the use of fire and rehire practices at work in June.   In response, the Government asked Acas to produce guidance to help employers explore all other options first before considering fire and rehire to change employee contracts.  
16/11/2021
The Future's Bright, The Future's GreenThumbnail for article : The Future's Bright, The Future's Green
Nuclear Transport Solutions' rail division has launched a new locomotive design at this year's Low Carbon Logistics event in Mossend, Scotland.   As part of the programme for COP26, Low Carbon Logistics was developed to celebrate innovation in the rail freight sector and showcase its environmental benefits.  
16/11/2021
Bird Flu - Latest Situation: Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Declared Across Great Britain
Poultry keepers must take action now to protect their flocks from bird flu this winter.   Following a number of detections of avian influenza (bird flu) in wild birds across Great Britain, the Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole of Great Britain to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading amongst poultry and captive birds.