Scotland's new Deposit Return Scheme will include aluminium and steel cans as well as drinks containers made of glass and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic with a 20p deposit as part of plans to combat climate change. The ambitious scheme is based on successful international equivalents and will be widely accessible, with all shops which sell drinks offering deposit refunds to customers.
Contract awarded to support design of social security assessments. A contract to design Scotland's new social security assessments system has been awarded to Deloitte.
Estimates of labour productivity for Scotland's onshore economy up to the fourth quarter of 2018 (October-December) were announced today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. Key figures in the latest release are:..
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland. The key findings of the statistics are: There were 17,251 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 March 2019.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 7th) sold 6 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (1) averaged 207.0p and sold to 207.0p per kg and £1,200.60 gross.
Community groups and projects can now apply to the new £11.5 million Investing in Communities Fund to tackle disadvantage, poverty and inequality. The fund encourages community-led development, design and delivery of sustainable local solutions addressing local issues, circumstances and aspirations - such as supporting out-of-school provision, providing activities and workshops, creating a community cafe and improving job opportunities.
More than 6000 applications for Best Start Grant have been received in just two days following the launch of the Scottish Government's new Early Learning Payment. The payment is for children aged between two and three and a half and can be used for anything from children’s clothes and shoes to toys, books or days out.
Week Commencing 29 April 2019. Energy & Business Services: As we see positive progress with the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm development, and the development of both Moray East and West projects, a new initiative to support supply chain companies to learn more about opportunities will be held in Thurso on 13th May.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have completed the transfer of around 700kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Dounreay, in the north of Scotland, to the US. The HEU transfer, from Dounreay to the United States, was announced by the UK Government as part of its commitment to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington DC.
The Defence Secretary has announced the fourth Dreadnought submarine as HMS King George VI ahead of a special service at Westminster Abbey today to recognise the Royal Navy's Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD) over the past 50 years. The Defence Secretary has announced the fourth Dreadnought submarine as HMS King George VI ahead of a special service at Westminster Abbey today to recognise the Royal Navy's Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD) over the past 50 years.
British people planning to use the upcoming Bank Holidays to go abroad are being urged to plan for their trips by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). The FCO is using an improved design on its travel advice Twitter and Facebook channels to remind people to prepare themselves before they leave the UK.
161,445 breakdowns expected to occur on UK roads this weekend as drivers head off for the bank holiday weekend. Green Flag is predicting 22 breakdowns every minute between Friday and Tuesday.
The UK government is backing industry plans for a multi-million pound underwater engineering hub in Aberdeen. >UK government is supporting industry plans to build a multi-million pound underwater engineer hub in Aberdeen.
The oil and gas fiscal forum has taken place, with talks between government and industry leaders focused on the sector's strengths and what it needs to continue to thrive. The event was timed to coincide with a call for evidence on strengthening the UK’s decommissioning industry which closes next week.
Glamping, distilling, adventure tourism and even outdoor farm fitness are among the novel opportunities open to rural businesses looking for "diversification inspiration". A new guide created by Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) as part of its Rural Brexit Hub highlights successful examples from around the UK and includes advice on how to get new projects off the ground.
Report on Scotland's Social Security system published today 2 May 2109. The report highlights the difficulties ahead as it prepares to take on further benefits.
Schemes to create jobs and protect the environment are set to benefit from a new fund to help social enterprises which will be backed by £17 million of investment. The money from the Scottish Social Growth Fund will enable social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups to deliver community projects while contributing to the wider economy.
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sets monetary policy to meet the 2% inflation target, and in a way that helps to sustain growth and employment. At its meeting ending on 1 May 2019, the MPC voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.75%.
The latest quarterly statistics December 2018 issued by the Bank of England show that membership of credit unions continues to increase and now stands at 2,059,827 adult and Junior members. In 2008 membership was just over 650,000 and the rise in membership is due to range of factors from the banking crisis, reduced interest payments from banks and the slow spread of information about what credit unions do.
Proposals to ensure contracts stay in Scotland. Trades unions, offshore wind developers and supply chain companies have agreed to take urgent action to ensure more Scottish companies benefit from the awarding of contracts for offshore wind projects.