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27/3/2019
Gross Expenditure On Research And Development 2017
Scotland's Chief Statistician today released Gross Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD) Scotland 2017.   The main findings are: GERD in Scotland was £2,529 million in 2017.  
27/3/2019
Greater Ambitions For Energy Efficiency
Consulting on energy efficiency targets.   A new consultation aims to determine a timetable for ambitious energy efficiency targets for Scotland.  
27/3/2019
ETSC Welcomes Provisional Deal On New Vehicle Safety StandardsThumbnail for article : ETSC Welcomes Provisional Deal On New Vehicle Safety Standards
European Transport Safety Council has welcomed new vehicle safety standards to be introduce in the next few years.   New cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in Europe will be fitted as standard with a range of new vehicle safety features, starting in 2022, according to a provisional EU deal on the legislation reached last night in Strasbourg.  
27/3/2019
Future of tidal and wave power set out in landmark reportThumbnail for article : Future of tidal and wave power set out in landmark report
The potential of the UK's world-leading tidal and wave power sectors is laid out in a new report, launched on 19th March 2019.   The technology's successes to date - including the world's first grid-connected tidal array - are outlined in the document, which has been delivered by the UK Marine Energy Council and Scottish Renewables.  
27/3/2019
Caithness Sees Banking Access Shrink Again With TSB DecisionThumbnail for article : Caithness Sees Banking Access Shrink Again With TSB Decision
THE decision by TSB to reduce opening hours at its branches in Thurso and Wick from mid-July means less choice of when to do bank transactions locally in person.   The bank says fewer people using branches means they need to move with the times and look more to their digital operations.  
27/3/2019
Inverness and Highland City Region Deal projects delivered as governance improvedThumbnail for article : Inverness and Highland City Region Deal projects delivered as governance improved
Highland Council's Leader has acknowledged the findings of an internal audit report into the progress of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.   The report examines three projects including the Science Skills Academy; Innovative Assisted Living (FIT House) and Inverness Castle.  
27/3/2019
European Parliament Approves Copyright Reform But Not All AgreeThumbnail for article : European Parliament Approves Copyright Reform But Not All Agree
The European Parliament has voted to approve a controversial new copyright directive which critics say will limit freedom of expression online.   MEPs adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions, marking the end of a legislative process that began three years ago.  
26/3/2019
New Chief Executive At NHS Highland Makes First Report To The Board Today
This report was discussed at the NHS Board meeting today 26th March 2019 at Assynt House, Inverness.   CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTORS REPORT - EMERGING ISSUES AND UPDATES Report by Iain Stewart, Chief Executive Introduction from CEO I have now been in post for just over a month and it has certainly been a busy timewith plenty of challenges to deal with and opportunities to pursue.  
26/3/2019
Which occupations are at highest risk of being automated?Thumbnail for article : Which occupations are at highest risk of being automated?
The following item is from the Office for Naitonal Statistics and uses England for the data in this report but Scotland may not be so different.   Potential automation of occupations may have an impact on the labour market in future.  
26/3/2019
Making Tax Digital - An Accountant's VerdictThumbnail for article : Making Tax Digital - An Accountant's Verdict
illie McLoughlin from Harris, Lacey & Swain in Hull shares her views on Making Tax Digital..  
26/3/2019
Are You Ready For Digital VATThumbnail for article : Are You Ready For Digital VAT
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26/3/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 26 March 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 26 March 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 26th) sold 11 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (3) averaged 212.0p (+3.0p) and sold to 214.0p per kg and £1,272.00 gross.  
26/3/2019
The Wider Benefits Of Space Investments For The UK EconomyThumbnail for article : The Wider Benefits Of Space Investments For The UK Economy
Investments in space programmes bring significant benefits for society, a new report shows.   Every £1 of public spending generates £3-4 in value for the recipients in the space industry, with additional wider spillover benefits to the UK economy.  
First Newton Room In The UK Is Officially Opened In ThursoThumbnail for article : First Newton Room In The UK Is Officially Opened In Thurso
The first Norwegian style learning centre in the UK was officially opened in Thurso today Monday 25th March 2019.   Newton Rooms are designed to inspire more young people to become interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and encourage them to study these subjects in school and beyond.  
25/3/2019
Ban on Vehicle Tyre Disposal at Highland Council Recycling CentresThumbnail for article : Ban on Vehicle Tyre Disposal at Highland Council Recycling Centres
Householders are advised that from the 1st of April 2019 vehicle tyres will no longer be accepted for disposal at Highland Council Household Waste Recycling Centres.   The Highland Council currently disposes of 22% more waste per person than the Scottish average.  
25/3/2019
Dunnet Forestry Trust Bids To Take Ownership Of The ForestThumbnail for article : Dunnet Forestry Trust Bids To Take Ownership Of The Forest
A Letter sent to members of the Dunnet Forestry Trust IMPORTANT NEWS - PROPOSAL FOR COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP OF DUNNET FOREST March 2019 Dear Member, Dunnet Forestry Trust has launched a proposal to take ownership of Dunnet Forest on behalf of the community.  Currently the forest is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage and leased to the Trust.  
25/3/2019
Highland Universal Credit claimants urged to act ahead of annual rent increaseThumbnail for article : Highland Universal Credit claimants urged to act ahead of annual rent increase
Highland tenants claiming Universal Credit are being urged to log on and update their UC claim this April 1st to ensure their entitlement covers their annual rent increase for the year ahead.  Those who fail to do so will face a shortfall in their housing entitlement, putting them at risk of arrears.  
25/3/2019
A lesson in reliability - Warranty Direct reveals the most reliable cars for student driversThumbnail for article : A lesson in reliability - Warranty Direct reveals the most reliable cars for student drivers
Although choosing a car with the lowest price may sound like a good idea for cash-stricken students, they should also consider how much a vehicle will cost to maintain and run to get the best value for money.   Leading car warranty provider, Warranty Direct is lending a helping hand to students around the country, with its latest Reliability Index analysis revealing the top 10 most reliable cars for student drivers.  
25/3/2019
Cuts to social work services are putting lives at risk, says UNISON, as strike action looms
Social workers in West Dunbartonshire are gearing up for strike action amid fears the service has reached crisis point.   UNISON, the union for social work and social care staff in Scotland, met with the council again earlier this week to demand urgent changes to put an end to short staffing; excessive workloads and to provide greater access to services.