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25/11/2020
Coronavirus Covid-19 Guidance For Festive PeriodThumbnail for article : Coronavirus Covid-19 Guidance For Festive Period
Guidance on forming 'bubbles' over Christmas.   Between 23 - 27 December, you can form a "bubble" of up to three households.  
25/11/2020
Council to consult on management rules for burial grounds and Inverness crematorium
The Highland Council is to consult on draft management rules for its 268 burial grounds across the region and crematorium located at Kilvean in Inverness.   The Council has a statutory duty to manage burials, oversee memorial safety and cremations for around 1500 burials and 1200 cremations each year.  
25/11/2020
Bifab Working Group - Statement From The Scottish And Uk Governments
After exploring all options, both the UK and Scottish Governments have concluded that there is currently no legal route to provide further financial support to BiFab in its current form.   A joint working group will be formed to consider ways to strengthen the renewables supply chain in Scotland and to secure future opportunities.  
25/11/2020
Exciting Roles At Dstl As Part Of The New National Cyber ForceThumbnail for article : Exciting Roles At Dstl As Part Of The New National Cyber Force
The government has announced the formation of the new National Cyber Force (NCF) which will counter threats from terrorists, criminals and hostile states.   The NCF draws together personnel from intelligence, cyber and security agency GCHQ, the MoD, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) under one unified command for the first time.  
25/11/2020
Helping Families Get OnlineThumbnail for article : Helping Families Get Online
New kit and training to tackle digital exclusion.   Thousands of disadvantaged young people are being helped to develop valuable digital skills through the Scottish Government's Connecting Scotland programme.  
25/11/2020
UKEF signs new export partnership with the UAEThumbnail for article : UKEF signs new export partnership with the UAE
Agreement with Etihad Credit Insurance will strengthen trade cooperation and boost investment between the UK and UAE.   UK Export Finance (UKEF) has signed a cooperation agreement with its counterpart in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), that will strengthen trade cooperation and boost investment between the UK and UAE.  
25/11/2020
Private Sector Rent Statistics published
Statistics on annual average private sector rents to the end of September 2020 have been released today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.   Average rents for two bedroom properties, the most common type of private rented home in Scotland, increased above Consumer Price Index inflation of 0.5% in 11 out of 18 areas.  
25/11/2020
Vital Support To Offset Brexit Damage - Measures to help protect health services, the economy and communities in Scotland
Measures to help protect health services, the economy and communities.   Contingency plans have been put in place by the Scottish Government to cope with the damaging impacts of Brexit.  
25/11/2020
Business Restriction Grant Scheme Now Open To HotelsThumbnail for article : Business Restriction Grant Scheme Now Open To Hotels
The Highland Council has welcomed clarification from the Scottish Government that hotels are eligible for the Business Restriction Grant.   As hotel restaurants and bars follow the same rules as other restaurants and bars with last entry at 21:30 and closure by 22:30, they have now been included as eligible businesses to receive grant from this scheme.  
25/11/2020
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 25 November2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 25th) sold 943 store cattle, 4 adult head of breeding cattle 172 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (499) averaged 227.2p and sold to 276.6p per kilo for a 235kg Charolais cross from Balloan, Farr and £1,230 gross for a 575kg Charolais cross from Pitmain Farm, Kingussie.  
25/11/2020
£8.7 Million Funeral Support
Thousands get help to cover funeral costs.   Almost 6,000 people received a Funeral Support Payment in its first full year, according to statistics published today.  
25/11/2020
How The UK Government Funds The Devolved Administrations
Introduction Under the various devolution settlements the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive (the Devolved Administrations or ‘DAs') are responsible for and make decisions about functions that were once carried out by the UK Government.  These areas are described as being ‘devolved’.  
25/11/2020
Dominic Cummings' Exit Means Little For Boris Johnson's Brexit Decision
Article from the Institute for Government.   With just weeks to go until the end of the Brexit transition period, the prime minister has lost his closest adviser.  
25/11/2020
Monthly GDP Estimates For September For Scotland
Scotland's GDP increased by 1.6% in September, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician.  This is the fifth consecutive month of increasing GDP, but output remains 7.6% below the level in February prior to the direct impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic In September there has been growth in all of the main sectors of the economy, but at a slower rate than seen over the summer months.  
25/11/2020
Latest Data On The Scottish Economy - Update 20th November 2020Thumbnail for article : Latest Data On The Scottish Economy - Update 20th November 2020
The latest data confirms that businesses across most sectors of the Scottish economy are currently trading, with tourism-facing industries continuing to be hit the hardest by the ongoing tiered lockdown system.   However, with 11 local authorities confirmed to be moving into tier 4 of the Covid lockdown restrictions, more businesses, including restaurants, cafes and non-essential retail will now be forced to close from 6pm tonight for a minimum of 3 weeks.  
25/11/2020
Temporary road closure - Girnigoe Street, Wick
Motorists are being advised by The Highland Council that there will be a temporary road closure to the section of the U3520 Girnigoe Street, closed between its junction with the U3547 Henrietta Street and its junction with U3523 Glamis Road, at 09:30 until 15:30 on Thursday 3 December 2020.   The closure has been made to allow KIER to carry out Iron work repairs.  
25/11/2020
The Independent Monitoring Authority must act quickly to gain credibility
From the Institute for Government.   Jill Rutter sets out how the Independent Monitoring Authority, a new body with an uninspiring name and no track record, can hit the ground running With just over a month until the end of the Brexit transition period, the Ministry of Justice has finally identified their proposed inaugural chair of the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA), the body established to oversee the UK's application of the citizens' rights section of the Withdrawal Agreement.  
25/11/2020
The Evolution Of The Scottish Budget 2020/21 - And A Look Forward To The Spending ReviewThumbnail for article : The Evolution Of The Scottish Budget 2020/21 - And A Look Forward To The Spending Review
This article is published on the Fraser Allender Institute web site.   To read the full article go to the link at the bottom of the page.  
25/11/2020
Notayesmanseconomics's Blog
If you want lots of updates on economics then Notayesmanseconomics's Blog may be your cup of tea.   Always topical and up to date.  
25/11/2020
#ChangeHerStory Campaign - part of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based ViolenceThumbnail for article : #ChangeHerStory Campaign - part of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
From 25 November - 10 December 2020, more than 13 organisations across the Highlands and Islands will be developing and sharing daily content to raise awareness of the impact of gender-based violence in our communities, with a specific focus on sexual violence.   The campaign, which is part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, will also call on the general public to post on social media ‘what they would like to see change for women and girls' using the hashtag #ChangeHerStory.