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1/11/2018
Your Voice Your Council Your FutureThumbnail for article : Your Voice Your Council Your Future
The Highland Council has launched a month of public engagement activity and is calling for everyone to get involved and make their views known.   The Council is planning for a potential budget gap of £66.7 million over the next three years.  
31/10/2018
Scottish Welfare Fund StatisticsThumbnail for article : Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.   From when the Scottish Welfare Fund scheme began on 1 April 2013 until 30 June 2018, 306,305 individual households have received awards totalling £173.0 million.  
31/10/2018
Plans To Enhance Meygen Project Returns And Deliver 40% Increase In Yield Through The Installation Of At Least Two New Atlantis Turbines
SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited, the global developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy projects with a diversified portfolio of more than 1,000 megawatts in various stages of development is pleased to provide an update on its future plans for the MeyGen project.   The Company now has advanced plans to enhance the existing 6MW MeyGen array through the addition of at least two of the Company's new tidal turbines.  
31/10/2018
Emergency Funding Helps Over 300,000 Households since 2013
A total of 306,305 low income households have been helped to pay for essential items such as food and heating through emergency grant funding since 2013.   A total of £173 million has now been paid through the Scottish Welfare Fund, which helps people during times of crisis to buy everyday essential items like food, nappies or toiletries and to cover heating costs or other living expenses.  
29/10/2018
Changes to weekend gritting on Highland Roads - are you ready for winter?
The Highland Council is ready for winter and prepared to grit council roads as the council's winter maintenance programme started on 14 October 2018.   Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.  
29/10/2018
Wick GP Practice pilots innovative NHS Near Me service
Patients of Riverview Practice in Wick are among the first in NHS Highland to be offered GP appointments by video.   The new ‘GP Near Me' service is being tested this week as an extension to NHS Highland’s NHS Near Me video consulting service.  
29/10/2018
Leadership In Health And Social Care Questioned By Scottish Parliamentary Committee
Transformational change in health and social care is not being achieved in part due to the leadership in the organisations set up to deliver integration not exercising the powers given to them according to a report by the Health and Sport Committee.   There are 31 integration authorities across Scotland, bringing together NHS and local council social care services.  
29/10/2018
New district health manager for Caithness appointed
NHS Highland has appointed a new district manager for Caithness with a proven track record of success in business and healthcare.   Lesley Kinloch has joined the health board following a varied career in international learning and technology before qualifying as an allied health professional (AHP).  
29/10/2018
£1 Billion Extra Funding For Scotland In UK Government Budge
Scotland will benefit from nearly £1 billion in additional funding for the Scottish Government, as well as £150 million for a Tay Cities Deal and a freeze in Spirits Duty, the Chancellor has announced in the Budget today.   This year's Budget is a result of the UK government's balanced approach to the country's finances, keeping taxes low and debt falling while increasing the Scottish Government’s spending power.  
29/10/2018
UK 2018 Budget Does Not End Austerity Says Scottish Government
Finance Secretary responds to UK Government Budget.   The UK Government's budget has failed to deliver an end to austerity according to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.  
29/10/2018
Budget 2018
Remember that often the Chancellor is referring to England and Scotland will get some increases under the Barnett Formula for the Scottish Government to decide on spending.   Scotland will gain almost one billion pounds in Barnett consequentials and the Scottish Government can decide how to use it.  
29/10/2018
Chancellor's ‘little extras’ will not undo 8 years of cuts to public services, says TUC
Commenting on today's (Monday 29 October 2018) Budget Statement, which set out the government's spending plans up to 2024, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said.   "Working people cannot be fobbed off again with promises of a better tomorrow that never comes.  
28/10/2018
Switching millions to universal credit poses real threat of ‘poll tax' moment
Universal credit is suddenly grabbing all the headlines.  John Major has warned that it could represent a poll tax moment for the government.  
28/10/2018
Who's affected by Brexit? (Part 3: L. Alan Winters, UK Trade Policy Observatory)Thumbnail for article : Who's affected by Brexit? (Part 3: L. Alan Winters, UK Trade Policy Observatory)
On 5 October 2018, the Institute for Fiscal Studies released a report looking at how different post-Brexit trade arrangements might impact and different UK industries, regions and workers.  Professor L.  
28/10/2018
Who's affected by Brexit? (Part 2: Agnes Norris Keiller, IFS)Thumbnail for article : Who's affected by Brexit? (Part 2: Agnes Norris Keiller, IFS)
For much more see the IFS we site at www.ifs.org.uk/.  
28/10/2018
There's no way Hammond can end austerity and balance the books
Budget Day Monday 29th October 2018.   There is much speculation as always about the coming budget.  
28/10/2018
Who Is Affected By Brexit? - Part OneThumbnail for article : Who Is Affected By Brexit? - Part One
On 5 October 2018, the Institute for Fiscal Studies released a report looking at how different post-Brexit trade arrangements might impact and different UK industries, regions and workers.  Peter Levell, Senior Research Economist at IFS, gave the first presentation on "UK's participation in global value chains: implications for post-Brexit trade policy".  
28/10/2018
Lower drink-driving limit ‘has little effect' on road deaths and accidents
The reduction in Scotland's drink-driving limit has had little effect on the level of deaths and accidents on the nation's roads, according to a University of Strathclyde study.   Researchers found that the lower limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) had not been followed by a statistically significant overall drop in road fatalities, including during the peak accident periods of night-time and weekends.  
28/10/2018
Scottish Government Budget Requests To UK Government
The UK Government must deliver on its pledge to end austerity in its budget, according to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.   Speaking ahead of the UK Government's budget, Mr Mackay has called for a 'meaningful uplift' in public services funding, as well as expressing concerns about the direction of Brexit negotiations and the roll-out of Universal Credit.  
28/10/2018
SCC Quarterly Economic Indicator Q3 2018
Survey illustrates robust trading performance, but manufacturing confidence and overall investment fall amid rising material costs and uncertain political environment The survey, produced by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde Business School's Fraser of Allander Institute, illustrates a broadly positive Scottish economy, but slowing investment across a range of sectors, and a challenging set of results for the manufacturing sector, suggest that the need for certainty on the UK's Exit for the European Union is paramount.   Driven by rising costs of raw materials, the manufacturing sector has posted its first negative result for optimism / business confidence since 2016, despite a reasonably strong set of financial results.