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Long Covid Support Fund
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced a new £10 million Long COVID Support Fund to help health boards respond to the condition.   The announcement follows Mr Yousaf meeting with a range of healthcare professionals at Eastwood Health and Care Centre in East Renfrewshire and speaking with patient Pamela Bell who has been receiving support for long COVID since she contracted the virus almost a year ago.  
Drop-in session Monday 20th September 2-3pm via Teams.
Come along to this drop-in information session to find out about the Volunteer Friendly Quality Assurance Award.   A brief presentation will be followed by Q&A session where you can ask about the benefits of this award for your group.  
Get Your VaccineThumbnail for article : Get Your Vaccine
Why you should get your vaccine from health people on the front line..  
Cop26 - Communities Across Scotland To Take Part In Climate ActionThumbnail for article : Cop26 - Communities Across Scotland To Take Part In Climate Action
With just over 50 days to go until COP26 comes to Glasgow, details of Scotland's COP26 community engagement programme have been announced.   The programme of climate change activity will engage communities in the journey to net zero and empower them to take action.  
Businesses To Fast Track With Accelerator Programme - Two Caithness PlacesThumbnail for article : Businesses To Fast Track With Accelerator Programme - Two Caithness Places
Nine businesses from the Highlands will start the latest edition of the Pathfinder Accelerator programme today (9 September 2021), which aims to put them on the fast track to success.   Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the established support programme nurtures growth in life science and technology and helps bring new business ideas to market quicker.  
Next Step Towards Scottish Human Rights Bill
An advisory board to support the development of ground breaking human rights legislation will meet for the first time today (Thurs, 9 Sept).   Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie will chair the group that will play a key role in progressing the Human Rights Bill.  
Proposals for 5 priority school projects agreed at Council
Members at a meeting on 9 September 2021 of the Highland Council agreed the scope, budget, phasing and timescale for 5 priority school projects including Beauly Primary, Culloden Academy, Dunvegan Primary, Park Primary, and St Clements School.  It was also agreed that these projects are to be incorporated into the Council's current capital programme.  
Caithness FM Now Broadcasting OnlineThumbnail for article : Caithness FM Now Broadcasting Online
Local community radio station Caithness FM are pleased to announce that they are now broadcasting on the internet.  All you have to do is visit the website at and click on the Listen Live button.  
Why Do Wealthy Parents Have Wealthy Children?Thumbnail for article : Why Do Wealthy Parents Have Wealthy Children?
The Institute for Fiscal Studies article looks at the reasons why the children of wealthy parents get richer than children from poorer families.   --------------------- Why do the children of wealthy parents accumulate more wealth than children from poorer backgrounds? Does parental wealth have a role in determining young people's earnings, saving choices, returns to wealth and access to homeownership? How much wealth do parents give directly to their children? What other channels are involved in the persistence of wealth from one generation to the next?.  
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 8 September 2021
5,810 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   57,128 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 10.8% of these were positive.  
HMRC Warns Students Of Scams - Bogus Tax Rebates and moreThumbnail for article : HMRC Warns Students Of Scams - Bogus Tax Rebates and more
University students taking part-time jobs are at increased risk of falling victim to scams, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning.   Higher numbers of students going to university this year means more young people may choose to take on part-time work.  
Social Care Reform: Why Boris Johnson's Plan Won't Fix The Crisis - Expert View
Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a £12 billion-a-year tax rise from April 2022, to fund social care reform in England and to tackle the NHS's COVID-induced backlog of cases.   Demand for care - from short-term needs to long-term support - is rising and levels of unmet need are soaring.  
An ever-growing NHS budget could swallow up all of this week's tax rise, leaving little for social careThumbnail for article : An ever-growing NHS budget could swallow up all of this week's tax rise, leaving little for social care
An article from the Institute for Fiscal Studies casts doubts if the money raised by increased NIC contributions will actually ever reach social care as history shows the heath service never has enough and needs budgets topped up almost every year.   ---------------- This week saw major announcements on health and social care funding.  
Supporting New Ideas In Rural Communities - £1.5 million for rural community groups
Not-for-profit community groups in rural areas will soon be able to apply for funding of up to £50,000 to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities.   The Rural Communities "Ideas into Action" Fund is supported by £1.5 million of Scottish Government funding and will be delivered in partnership with Inspiring Scotland.  
Keeping Families Together - Reducing The Number Of Children In Care
Fewer children and young people should end up in care, thanks to a £500 million fund to help support families to stay together.   Announced as part of the latest Programme for Government, the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund will help families to overcome challenges before they reach crisis point.  
Scottish Land Court And Lands Tribunal For Scotland To Be Unified
Two important judicial bodies are to be brought together to provide a better service for land-related issues within the justice system.   Following a public consultation conducted last year, Scottish Ministers concluded that the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland should be unified to form an expanded Land Court, which would offer substantial benefits to court users.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale at Portree - Lambs and Sheep - 6 September 2021
PORTREE, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 6th) sold 3,066 store lambs & feeding sheep.   Lambs (2,722) averaged £56.01 (+£12.39 on the year) and sold to £101.50 gross for a pair of Texel crosses from 44 Borneskitaig, Kilmuir.  
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 7 September 2021
5,692 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   46,146 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 13.2% of these were positive.  
Thousands Of Teenagers Missing Out On Child Trust Fund CashThumbnail for article : Thousands Of Teenagers Missing Out On Child Trust Fund Cash
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is today urging young people to check if they have a hidden pot of gold - in the shape of a Child Trust Fund (CTF).   It is now one year since the first account holders started turning 18 and around 55,000 CTFs mature every month.  
PM Statement To The House Of Commons On Health And Social Care: 7 September 2021 - Increased National Insurance Contributions
Mr Speaker, with permission, I will make a statement on the government's plans for health and social care.   Our National Health Service is the pride of our whole United Kingdom and all the more so, after it has been there for us during the worst pandemic in a century, treating almost half a million patients, administering more than 88 million vaccines and saving countless lives.