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Rent Arrears For Council Houses Up 14% In Scotland In One Year
The total amount of rent arrears on all council properties in Scotland has increased by 14% in a year as the number of council tenants in arrears increased by around 3% according to official figures.   Scottish Council Housing Income and Expenditure statistics for the year 2018/2019, published by Scotland's Chief Statistician, show that rent arrears on all council properties totalled £74 million in March 2019, up £9m (14.0%) on last year.  
Dunnet Bay Distillers Is Scottish Gin Distillery Of The Year At The Scottish Gin Awards 2019Thumbnail for article : Dunnet Bay Distillers Is Scottish Gin Distillery Of The Year At The Scottish Gin Awards 2019
The national awards programme which celebrates excellence in Scottish gin has revealed the names of the best gins made in Scotland this year, as part of its 3rd annual competition.   The Scottish Gin Awards revealed the winners last night following a rigorous judging process involving 30 leading experts from across the UK, the assessment of 104 written entries and the blind tasting of 173 gins, all distilled in Scotland.  
Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactorThumbnail for article : Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactor
Half of the last remaining radioactive fuel elements jammed for decades inside the iconic Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) have now been removed.   DFR with its famous dome once led the world in fast breeder technology.  
Wellness Tourism: A market you can't afford to miss!Thumbnail for article : Wellness Tourism:  A market you can't afford to miss!
Wellness Tourism is worth over £500bn worldwide, and has grown more than twice as fast as tourism overall.   Join us for the latest series of ‘TUNE INTO TOURISM', and explore how you can capitalise on this growing trend.  
Green Investment Programme Opens
Projects helping Scotland transition to a net-zero economy by 2045 can apply to be included in a new green investment programme, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.   The Green Investment Portfolio will give local authorities, developers and third sector organisations the opportunity to pitch for large scale investment to support projects reducing Scotland's emissions in areas like renewables, waste, transport and the circular economy.  
CBI Scotland Responds To The Latest ONS Regional Labour Market Statistics For Scotland
Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:"The latest figures show that employment is down across Scotland, signalling a bump in the road for what has been a robust local labour market.  With huge uncertainty impacting the whole economy, this is a timely reminder to focus on the basics: boosting productivity and maintaining Scotland's competitiveness.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 15 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 15th) sold 16 prime cattle.   Prime Heifers (16) averaged 195.2p (+2.1p) and sold to 209.0p per kg and £1,283.80 gross.  
New Drug Driving Laws To Be Introduced
Motorists face roadside drugs test.   Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed Police Scotland's preparations for the introduction of new drug driving laws on 21 October.  
NHS Highland board appoints new Vice ChairThumbnail for article : NHS Highland board appoints new Vice Chair
NHS Highland has announced that Ms.  Ann Clark has been appointed as Vice Chair of the NHS Highland Board.  
Action On PlasticsThumbnail for article : Action On Plastics
Cotton bud ban comes into force.   Scotland has become the first country in the UK to ban plastic-stemmed cotton buds.  
Pampering Parties at HomeThumbnail for article : Pampering Parties at Home
PAMPER YOUR MIND BODY & SOUL offers Pampering Parties for 8 or more people in own homes.   Pampering Parties caters for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Hen Parties, Christmas Parties and special occasions.  
When Is A Smart Meter Not So Smart?
by Dr Jamie Stewart, Energy spokesperson for Citizens Advice Scotland.   This article was originally published in The Herald on 9 October 2019.  
Jobs Fair Seeks People Looking For Work In Inverness
Jobseekers are being invited to come along to a Jobs Fair on Thursday 31st October 2019 at the Ironworks on Academy Street, Inverness from 10am till 12noon.   Prospective job hunters should be ready to start work and should also bring their CV with them on the day.  
Highland Council by-election candidates confirmed for Inverness Central ward
Six candidates are standing for election to fill a vacancy in the Inverness Central Ward of The Highland Council.   The by-election is being held following the resignation of Richard Laird (SNP) who was one of three Councillors representing Ward 14.  
Dingwall And Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 14 October 2019
PORTREE, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 14th) sold 62 weaned calves and store cattle, 35 breeding cattle and 26 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (36) sold to 218.6p per kg for a pair of 183kg Simmental crosses from 5 Borreraig, Dunvegan, and £1,000 gross for a 610kg Limousin cross from 5/6 Borneskitaig, Kilmuir.  
Three Quarters Of People Worried About Money In The Next Year
Increasing numbers of people in Scotland are concerned about money in the next year, research from Citizens Advice Scotland has revealed.   Polling for the charity by YouGov has revealed that 76 per cent of Scottish adults are in some way concerned about money or debt in the next year.  
Above and Beyond Tours of CaithnessThumbnail for article : Above and Beyond Tours of Caithness
About us: Isobel and Angela are passionate about their home county of Caithness, set in the North Highlands of Scotland.  Angela has years of experience in the Scottish tourism industry and Isobel currently runs a small bed and breakfast business in her home.  
Supporting Eu Citizens To Stay In Highland
A call goes out this week from the Depute Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Alasdair Christie to European residents living in the Highlands to register with the EU settlement scheme as soon as possible if they wish to remain living in the UK after Brexit.   Depute Leader Christie explains: "We are aware in the Highland Council area, anecdotally that we have longer term European residents who have been living in our communities for many years - sometimes decades – and we have concerns that some people do not realise that they must register with the EU settlement scheme if they wish to continue living here.  
CAS Exposes Satisfaction Gap Between Electricity And GasThumbnail for article : CAS Exposes Satisfaction Gap Between Electricity And Gas
A report commissioned by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) on consumer attitudes to energy networks in Scotland has found that only half (55%) of households off the gas grid are satisfied with their heating systems.   CAS has today warned that the move away from fossil fuels being used to heat homes will be hampered without significant improvements to electric heating options.  
Search for new NHS Highland chair beginsThumbnail for article : Search for new NHS Highland chair begins
The Scottish Government has begun its search for a new non-executive Chair of NHS Highland.   NHS Highland Chief Executive Iain Stewart said: "This is a very exciting time for NHS Highland as we look to implement innovative ways of working to address the challenges we face.