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9/5/2020
SME Support Doubles To £90m - Additional £45m To Support Pivotal Businesses
A fund launched last week to provide grants for small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) is to be doubled from £45m to £90m.   The First Minister announced the increase in the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund to help meet existing demand.  
9/5/2020
Where States Are Reopening After America's Shutdown
The Washington Post is tracking closely what is happening in USA.   The US unemployment rate tripled to 14.7 percent as more than 20 million jobs vanished in April — a rate of loss not seen since the Great Depression nearly a century ago.  
9/5/2020
Emergency Loan Fund For SME Housebuilders
Supporting businesses through the pandemic.   Housebuilders will be able to apply for short-term loans of up to £1 million from the Scottish Government to support them through the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  
9/5/2020
COVID-19 - Information and guidance for care home settings
A page being updated from time to time by Scottish Government give the guidance to Care Homes and their staff.   https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/covid-19-information-and-guidance-for-care-home-settings/ The guidance for care homes provides advice about COVID-19 (previously known as novel coronavirus 2019) for those working in residential care home settings.  
9/5/2020
Re-thinking our Global Economic Future
A report from The Fraser of Allender Institute published on 7th May 2020.   This report offers a few thoughts at an early stage of this COVID-19 crisis, largely with the objective of stimulating further reflection and analysis, and generating much better thoughts.  
9/5/2020
Support For Lockdown Restrictions
Survey of attitudes to COVID-19 shows public respect messaging.   Staying at home to save lives is recognised as a vitally important action in tackling coronavirus (COVID-19).  
8/5/2020
Learning During Lockdown - How Highland Council's schools are benefiting from advanced online teaching toolsThumbnail for article : Learning During Lockdown - How Highland Council's schools are benefiting from advanced online teaching tools
School pupils across The Highland Council have been benefiting from an innovative approach to Teaching and learning which has made the transition to home learning smoother for all.   Highland Council was one of the first local authorities in Scotland recognised to develop a Schools Digital Learning Hub, which provides a resource for staff, parents and pupils to support home learning.  
8/5/2020
Highland Council Budget Details Showing A Huge Covid 19 Deficit Submitted To Cosla
The Highland Council has, along with other Scottish Local Authorities, submitted details to COSLA of the potential impact of COVID 19 on its revenue and capital budgets.   The Council has estimated potential income losses and additional costs up to £87.5 M which would be off-set in part by savings across a variety of service areas.  
8/5/2020
#Caithness Market - Sell and Buy Online 9th May
Boost your sense of connection and community while supporting small businesses from the comfort of your own home.   Interested? Check it out at https://www.inspiredbycaithness.com/market 11.00am - 3.00pm Drop in any time.  
8/5/2020
UK economy-What next?
Dr Maria Rana, expert in economics and finance at the University of Salford Business School, explores the current state of the UK economy, after key stats from the Bank of England show the huge impact of coronavirus Dr Rana said: "It is now clear that even if lockdown loosens this Sunday we are still a long way from ‘business as usual'.  Until a vaccine is found we can assume that some form of restrictions will remain in place, with prolonged repercussions for the economy.  
8/5/2020
Highland Council support to families in time of need
Help is at hand for bereaved families in Highland who may find the unexpected cost of funerals out of their reach during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Highland Council has provided funeral directors in the region with information leaflets to ensure that they are aware of the financial support that is available to relatives for some funeral costs in specific circumstances.  
8/5/2020
State-Owned Enterprises in the Time of COVID-19Thumbnail for article : State-Owned Enterprises in the Time of COVID-19
From the International Monetary Fund Blog.   STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 By Vitor Gaspar, Paulo Medas, and John Ralyea The pandemic has highlighted the role of the public sector in saving lives and livelihoods.  
8/5/2020
Rhoda Grant Calls For Daily Testing At Skye's Coronavirus-hit Care Home
Rhoda Grant calls for daily testing at Skye's coronavirus-hit care home - and for loved-ones to visit dying patients in their final moments wearing full PPE.   Rhoda Grant MSP has asked NHS Highland to start daily testing of all care home staff and residents who tested negative at the Skye care home hit by an outbreak of the virus.  
7/5/2020
Extra Payment For Unpaid Carers
Investment of £19.2 million to support 83,000 carers As part of the next emergency coronavirus legislation, the Scottish Government is proposing an additional £19.2 million investment in Carer's Allowance Supplement.   This is in recognition of the additional pressure that carers are under as a result of the ongoing pandemic.  
7/5/2020
Getting People Online
Funding to connect the most vulnerable.   A new £5 million programme will offer an internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).  
7/5/2020
Emergency Loan Fund For SME Housebuilders
Supporting businesses through the pandemic.   Housebuilders will be able to apply for short-term loans of up to £1 million from the Scottish Government to support them through the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  
7/5/2020
Survey Of Scottish Public Views On Policing Of Covid 19 Published
The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has today published a new independent survey which indicates strong levels of public confidence and consent for Police Scotland during the first phase of the COVID 19 emergency.   The survey of 1,600 people across the country, commissioned by the Authority and carried out last week, is the first representative sample of public opinion in Scotland on the policing response since the emergency began.  
7/5/2020
£75 Million Boost For Scottish University Research
One-off Government payment to help mitigate financial effects of COVID-19.   The Scottish Government has announced a one-off £75 million increase in funding for Scotland's universities to ensure they can protect their world-leading research programmes against the financial impact of COVID-19.  
6/5/2020
A notorious decision? Amazon UK's inclusion in USA's ‘Notorious Market List’ is a slap in the face to British sellers, says ParcelHero
Amazon's entire UK site has been placed on the US Government's ‘Notorious Markets List' of marketplaces known for counterfeit goods.  The US deliveries specialist ParcelHero says the move is not only insulting to UK retailers, but could also have a significant impact on their future US sales.  
6/5/2020
‘Scotland in miniature' could provide carbon-reduction blueprint
Farmers team up to tackle climate change and Covid-19.   An island described as "Scotland in miniature" could help serve as a blueprint for Scottish agriculture to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.