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1/8/2022
Controlling Short-term Lets in Scotland
A measure to help maintain the availability of long-term residential housing in Edinburgh has been approved.   Edinburgh will become Scotland's first designated Short-Term Let Control Area after the Scottish Government approved the City of Edinburgh Council's proposed change to planning requirements.  
1/8/2022
Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022Thumbnail for article : Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022
The monthly economic brief provides a summary of latest key economic statistics, forecasts and analysis on the Scottish economy.   Overview This month's economic brief provides an update on the latest economic data during the second quarter, providing further insights on the current headwinds facing Scottish households and businesses as the economic outlook continues to weaken.  
1/8/2022
Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022 - BusinessesThumbnail for article : Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022 - Businesses
Businesses growth momentum continues to ease with new orders and business confidence weakening most notably in the manufacturing sector.   Business activity and expectations The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) business survey signalled that Scottish business activity continued to expand in June (54.4).  
1/8/2022
Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022 - Economic OutlookThumbnail for article : Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022 - Economic Outlook
Latest output growth forecasts continue to be revised down as the inflationary outlook continues to sharpen.   At a global and domestic level, the economic outlook has weakened significantly since the start of the year as rising inflationary pressures, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, are expected to weigh on the GDP growth outlook over this year and next.  
1/8/2022
Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022 - Labour MarketThumbnail for article : Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022 - Labour Market
Labour Market Scotland's labour market remains tight with continuing high vacancy rates and declining staff availability.   Official labour market statistics, payrolled employment and claimant count.  
1/8/2022
Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022 - Consumer SentimentThumbnail for article : Monthly Economic Brief: July 2022 - Consumer Sentiment
Consumption Consumer sentiment continued to weaken in June and is now at its lowest level since February 2021.   Consumer sentiment Consumer sentiment indicators continue to be highly sensitive to the rapidly changing economic environment as the economy recovers from the pandemic while at the same time households and consumers are facing significant challenges from the sharp rise in inflation and cost of living.  
31/7/2022
Robotic Superhero Meets Identical Twin In Fusion Energy MachineThumbnail for article : Robotic Superhero Meets Identical Twin In Fusion Energy Machine
A Jenga-playing robot used to maintain a fusion energy machine has been reunited with its identical superhero twin for the first time since 1999.   A Jenga-playing robot with a human touch used to maintain a fusion energy machine - where temperatures can be hotter than the sun - has been reunited with its identical superhero twin for the first time since 1999.  
31/7/2022
UK Tightens Links With Finland And USA During High Readiness ExerciseThumbnail for article : UK Tightens Links With Finland And USA During High Readiness Exercise
Around 150 British Army and Royal Air force personnel have deployed to Finland alongside US and Finnish armed forces for Exercise Vigilant Fox.   The deployment follows the UK's joint security declaration with Finland signed in May.  
30/7/2022
Unite Investigation Exposes How Corporate Profiteering Is Driving Inflation Not Workers' WagesThumbnail for article : Unite Investigation Exposes How Corporate Profiteering Is Driving Inflation Not Workers' Wages
We have al heard it over and over again that higher wages push up inflation.   While that may be partly true it is not the main factor at the moment and any economist knows that profits are part of the equation.  
30/7/2022
Why The Government's "Net Zero" Targets Are A Huge Own Goal
An article by Victoria Hewson published by the Institute for Economic Affairs an independent think tank on 28 July 2022.   Last week, the government lost a judicial review challenge by Friends of the Earth to its Net Zero Strategy.  
30/7/2022
The Inflationary Cycle We've Got Is Not Driven By Wages - But By Excess Profits
Richard Murphy runs the blog Tax Research and his latest article blows up some myths.   He is well qualified to do so.  
29/7/2022
Military Families To Benefit From £3,000 Of Childcare Support
Serving personnel across the UK will be entitled to free wraparound childcare from September as part of new measures announced today by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.   Service families with children aged 4 to 11 years to benefit from wraparound childcare.  
29/7/2022
£400 Energy Bills Discount To Support Households This WinterThumbnail for article : £400 Energy Bills Discount To Support Households This Winter
The UK government sets out further details of the Energy Bills Support Scheme.   Households to start receiving £400 off their energy bills from October, with the discount made in 6 instalments to help families throughout the winter period.  
29/7/2022
Vital Hub Announces Multi-year License Agreement With NHS Highland
NHS Highlands is a new customer at Vital Hub and has signed a multi-year license agreement to access our award-winning Synopsis Home and Synopsisi Q.   With its award-winning overview platform, hospitals digitally manage their entire preoperative assessment, from initial surveys to postoperative results, remove paper trails, enhance data security, and a very clear economy.  
29/7/2022
Energy Bills Support Scheme Explainer
Find out about the Energy Bills Support Scheme and how you can get support.   What is the Energy Bills Support Scheme? Over the past year, global energy prices have soared, with wholesale gas prices alone quadrupling.  
29/7/2022
NHS Highland Pilot Weekend Booking Service
NHS Highland are piloting an extension to their patient booking service in a bid to improve accessibility for patients.   As part of their trial, NHS Highland are opening their booking services on Saturday between 08:00 and 12:00 for six weeks, from the 6th of August.  
29/7/2022
Transforming Heating In Homes - Zero Direct Emission Plans For All New Buildings
Proposals for all new buildings to be fitted with climate-friendly alternatives to fossil fuel heating systems have been published.   The New Building Heat Standard (Part II) consultation sets out plans that would mean direct emissions heating systems (DEH), such as those run on fossil fuel, would no longer be installed in any homes and non-domestic buildings warranted from April 2024.  
28/7/2022
Boost For Recycling And Reuse
Local recycling and reuse services in three local authorities will be improved thanks to more than £3.4 million of investment from the Scottish Government's Recycling Improvement Fund.   The projects in Aberdeen City, Perth and Kinross and Renfrewshire Council have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by over 8,000 tonnes each year - the equivalent of taking more than 4,400 cars off the road – and brings the total investment announced to date to over £23 million.  
28/7/2022
15 Million Households Have Received £150 Cost Of Living Council Tax RebateThumbnail for article : 15 Million Households Have Received £150 Cost Of Living Council Tax Rebate
Nearly 80% of eligible households received the government's £150 council tax rebate in the first 3 months to help with the cost of living, figures published today show.   A total of more than £2 billion has been handed to 15 million households in England under the scheme.  
28/7/2022
Drugs Deaths Situation Remains ‘unacceptable' - 1330 Drug Deaths in 2021 in Scotland
While welcoming an end to seven annual increases in drugs deaths, Drugs Policy Minister Angela Constance made clear the situation remains "unacceptable", and work will continue at pace to address the emergency.   The latest National Records of Scotland statistics show 1,330 people lost their lives in 2021 - a decrease of 1% and Ms Constance says it is clear there remains much work to do to save lives.