At a special meeting of the former Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, held in October last year, Councillors agreed a new approach to the introduction of car parking charges across the area that will see a surplus of income split 50/50 with local areas. At today's (Thursday 6 February) meeting of The Highland Council's new Economy and Infrastructure Committee members had the opportunity to discuss the progress made in implementing the first phase of the off-street car parking policy.
To read the Scottish Government Papers on the 20/21 budget go to https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-budget-2020-21/.
The Leader of The Highland Council Margaret Davidson and the Budget Leader Alistair Mackinnon gave the Scottish Government's budget a very cautious reaction. Cllr Margaret Davidson said:"It will take a few days to assess exactly what this means for The Highland Council, and how much of this funding is ring-fenced.
No Scottish taxpayer will pay more income tax in 2020-21 on their current income, Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes confirmed as part of the Scottish Budget. For the third consecutive year, more than half of Scottish income taxpayers will pay less tax than if they lived anywhere else in the UK.
Following the resignation of Finance Minister Derek Mackay this morning Kate Forbes MSP delivered the budget statement. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Investing in vital public services and ending Scotland's contribution to climate change are at the heart of the Scottish Government's tax and spending plans for the year ahead.
In 2020, HI-Scot credit union's focus is on making saving and borrowing easier for our members, particularly through the use of payroll deduction with businesses across the Highlands and Islands. Thousands of employees already have access to payroll deduction with HI-Scot, something the credit union wants to build on in the coming year, promoting the service to employees who work with existing partners and showing other businesses the benefits of offering payroll deduction to their staff.
Tens of thousands of businesses across Scotland will continue to benefit from vital business rates relief put in place by the Scottish Government. MSPs have voted to support the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill at stage three, which will now be translated into legislation.
The latest Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) Quarterly Economic Indicator (QEI) survey for Q4 of 2019 shows that businesses are in a period of stasis with global and domestic factors all contributing to subdued levels of confidence and investment. The quarterly survey was carried out between November to December 2019, during the UK general election period which suggests political considerations will certainly have had some influence in how businesses responded to the survey.
Scottish Chambers of Commerce reacts to mixed results of Holyrood rates vote. Whilst welcoming the Scottish Parliament's decision to retain the Uniform Business Rate, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has urged the Scottish Parliament to reconsider what it believes is a major barrier to a more flexible, responsive rates system outside of the revaluation cycle following voting on the Non Domestic Rates Bill (Scotland) today.
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DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (February, 5th) sold 2,871 sheep of all classes. Lambs (2,129) sold to £112 gross for a Blue Faced Leicester ram lamb from Blackpark Croft, Ardersier.
Whistleblowing Champions have been appointed to health boards across Scotland in a move aimed at creating a more honest and open workplace culture within the NHS. A total of 19 appointments have been made by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, with them all taking up their posts from this week.
In Caithness - Cairhness West. Nominations are invited from people seeking election to 16 Community Councils across the Highlands that remained unformed after the elections held in December last year.
OPERATIONAL UPDATE: BREXIT Business as usual As you are aware legislation has now been passed in the House of Commons which ratifies the EU Withdrawal Agreement, taking the UK out of the European Union. As of 23:00 on 31 January 2020 the UK will be in an Implementation Period (also referred to as the transition period) where current EU rules and regulations (and any new legislation made during the course of 2020) will continue to have effect whilst the terms of our future relationship with European Union are negotiated through an EU UK Trade Deal.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (February, 4th) sold 13 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (2) averaged 199.0p (-9.6p) and sold to 200.0p per kg and £1,257.30 gross.
This article was first published on the The Conversation web site on 23 January 2019. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The UK government has asserted that "employment is at a record high" with 32.5m people in work, the highest figure since 1971.
A large UK space sector delegation touches down in Singapore this week to explore new partnerships and seek valuable opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, supported by the UK Space Agency. More than 30 representatives from the UK space industry, universities and government will visit GeoWorks, ST Engineering, the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University, before attending the Global Space and Technology Convention on 6-7 February.
This statement sets out the Government's proposed approach to the negotiations with the EU about our future relationship. Further details on this and other trade negotiations will be made available to Parliament as the process develops.
Employees from across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group have been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony in London. The Women in Nuclear (WiN) Annual Awards recognises those who have gone above and beyond to promote gender balance and diversity across the nuclear sector.
Research reveals 400,000 job opportunities for a ‘Net Zero Energy Workforce', including nearly 100,000 roles across the north of England The UK will need to recruit hundreds of thousands of people into its energy sector if it is to meet its target to deliver net zero emissions by 2050. Research published by National Grid today reveals the industry will need to fill 400,000 jobs, bringing opportunities for skilled tradespeople, engineers and other specialists across every region of the country.