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15/4/2019
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin PermitsThumbnail for article : Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin Permits
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - order your 2019/20 brown bin garden waste permit now.   Highland Council Garden Waste Permits are now available to order for the 2019/20 Permit Season.  
15/4/2019
Has The Time Come For A Citizens Basic Income?Thumbnail for article : Has The Time Come For A Citizens Basic Income?
With predictions of social and economic upheaval brought about by technological and environmental changes, could a citizen's income reduce poverty and increase people's control over their lives?.  How attractive - and affordable - is it as a policy?.  
15/4/2019
Call For Fundamental Review Of Funding Local Government
UNISON, the largest trade union in Scotland, and the Jimmy Reid Foundation are calling for a fundamental review of funding local government.   The call will be made at the launch of joint UNISON and Jimmy Reid Foundation report: Additional Revenue streams sources of funding for the delivery of local government services The report will be launched today (Monday 15 April) at the STUC 122nd Annual Congress in Dundee.  
10/4/2019
Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scamThumbnail for article : Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scam
The Highland Council has been alerted to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are cold calling and claiming that the resident can have their Council Tax band reassessed upon payment of £150.   Council Tax bands are determined by the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer who is independent from the Highland Council.  
4/4/2019
Council welcomes Inverness - Heathrow same-day-flights service
Highland Council Leaders have welcomed the introduction of a new Inverness - London Heathrow service this week by British Airways which will allow people to travel between the two cities and return the same day.   Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson welcomes the new flight schedule that will see a 30 per cent increase in capacity on the route and bring the number of flights up to three return services on Saturdays and Sundays, with a double daily service Monday to Friday.  
2/4/2019
Highland Council supports national anti-littering campaignThumbnail for article : Highland Council supports national anti-littering campaign
The Highland Council is supporting the 2019 Keep Scotland Beautiful Clean Up campaign and is encouraging as many communities, businesses, schools and individuals as possible to get involved in a local community clean up.   £53 million of public money is spent addressing litter and flytipping in Scotland each year.  
1/4/2019
Expansion Of Free Personal Care
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Jeane Freeman visited the Capability Scotland Edinburgh Hub ahead of the extension of free personal care to people of all ages who are assessed as requiring it.   The expansion of free personal care - which was previously only available to those aged over 65 - comes into force on April 1 2019 and is often referred to as ‘Frank's Law’ after the former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel.  
28/3/2019
Apprentice Day for Highland Youth Parliament MembersThumbnail for article : Apprentice Day for Highland Youth Parliament Members
The 14th Highland Youth Parliament Apprentice Day was held on Tuesday, 26th March 2019.   Highland Youth Parliament, the elected Youth Parliament for the Highlands, holds an annual ‘Apprentice Day' on which members of HYP shadow Senior Managers across public sector services.  
27/3/2019
Inverness and Highland City Region Deal projects delivered as governance improvedThumbnail for article : Inverness and Highland City Region Deal projects delivered as governance improved
Highland Council's Leader has acknowledged the findings of an internal audit report into the progress of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.   The report examines three projects including the Science Skills Academy; Innovative Assisted Living (FIT House) and Inverness Castle.  
25/3/2019
Ban on Vehicle Tyre Disposal at Highland Council Recycling CentresThumbnail for article : Ban on Vehicle Tyre Disposal at Highland Council Recycling Centres
Householders are advised that from the 1st of April 2019 vehicle tyres will no longer be accepted for disposal at Highland Council Household Waste Recycling Centres.   The Highland Council currently disposes of 22% more waste per person than the Scottish average.  
25/3/2019
Highland Universal Credit claimants urged to act ahead of annual rent increaseThumbnail for article : Highland Universal Credit claimants urged to act ahead of annual rent increase
Highland tenants claiming Universal Credit are being urged to log on and update their UC claim this April 1st to ensure their entitlement covers their annual rent increase for the year ahead.  Those who fail to do so will face a shortfall in their housing entitlement, putting them at risk of arrears.  
18/3/2019
Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan reviewThumbnail for article : Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan review
The Highland Council is raising awareness of the opportunity to help shape future growth and development across the Inner Moray Firth area, and is encouraging anyone living, working, investing and being educated in the area to get involved.   The Council has announced its intention to review the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan.  
14/3/2019
Equality mainstreamed in Highland - Council, Education and LicensingThumbnail for article : Equality mainstreamed in Highland - Council, Education and Licensing
A report that aims to demonstrate the continuing commitments of Highland Council, it's Education Authority and Highland Licensing Board, to advance and mainstream equality into day-to-day work was approved today by Councillors on the Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Local Authorities, Education Authorities and Licensing Boards are required by legislation to publish a report every 2 years on how they mainstream equality into their work.  
12/3/2019
Highland Council to consult on Common Good Asset List
The Highland Council is today (12 March 2019) launching a 12 week consultation giving the community until 5 June 2019 to comment on the proposed contents of the Common Good Fund Asset Register.   Section 102 Community Empowerment (Scotland) 2015 states that before establishing a Common Good Asset Register the Council must first conduct a public consultation on a list of property (buildings, land, artwork, regalia and funds) it is proposing to include.  
11/3/2019
Finding out how to foster and adopt made easier in HighlandThumbnail for article : Finding out how to foster and adopt made easier in Highland
People living in The Highland Council area can now find out how to foster and adopt in the comfort of their own homes.   Alison Gordon, Highland Council's Fostering and Adoption Resource Manager explained: "We have created this website to try to make it easier for anyone living in the Highlands who is considering fostering or adoption and we have tried to make the process of applying easier.  
7/3/2019
Caithness Horizons Position - Paper To Highland Council Meeting 7th March 2019Thumbnail for article : Caithness Horizons Position - Paper To Highland Council Meeting 7th March 2019
The report presented to Highland council gives background leading up to the closure of Caithness Horizon in Thurso.   Talks are ongoing regarding the future of the museum.  
7/3/2019
Nuclear-free Highlands - Motion Debated At Highland Council Today 7th MarchThumbnail for article : Nuclear-free Highlands - Motion Debated At Highland Council Today 7th March
The motion was proposed at Highland council today 7th March 2019.   It was emotively opposed by Caithness councillors.  
7/3/2019
Highland Council Redesign: Service Income ReviewThumbnail for article : Highland Council Redesign: Service Income Review
As part of The Highland Council's Redesign Programme, a comprehensive review of Service Income was undertaken by Deloitte and The Highland Council.  The Highland Council received no charge following agreement with Deloitte that this would be very useful work experience for their Assistant Manager.  
7/3/2019
Highland Council preparations for EU exit
Paper discussed at Highland council today 7 March 2018.   The debate will be available for viewing later at https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/374561 HIGHLAND COUNCIL Date: 7th March 2019 Report Title: Council preparations for EU exit Report By: The Chief Executive 1.  
7/3/2019
Motion to Highland council on UK government proposals on immigrationThumbnail for article : Motion to Highland council on UK  government proposals on immigration
Motion to Highland council from the leader of the council Margaret Davidson on 7th March 2019 "The Council expresses concern over the proposals set out in the UK Government's White Paper on immigration, particularly that there will be no regional variation and that the salary threshold for skilled workers will remain at £30,000.  This will have a significant detrimental impact on the Highlands.