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3/7/2019
Labour Tried and Failed To Give New Planning Rights To Communities
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, has slammed the ‘SNP-Tory' stitch up of the Planning Bill, warning that it has become a missed opportunity to deliver transformative change.   The SNP and Scottish Conservatives joined forces to block Labour's plans to secure the power for a community right of appeal as well as remove key changes made by MSPs at an earlier stage.  
3/7/2019
Support For Emergency Responders
Wellbeing and resilience programme extended to emergency services.   Front line emergency workers will get access to tailored mental health resources, following the extension of a wellbeing programme.  
2/7/2019
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DM Hall boosts its focus on the North with appointment of Caithness-based residential surveyor Lesley Coghill.   DM Hall, one of Scotland's leading independent firms of chartered surveyors, has boosted its expertise in the country's most northerly mainland region with the appointment of a highly experienced Thurso-based professional who will share her residential property expertise with clients in Caithness, north Sutherland and the island of Orkney.  
2/7/2019
The UK's fraud hotspots revealed: what’s the biggest threat in your area?
A Which Report.   You're more likely to fall victim to fraud than to any other crime in the UK.  
2/7/2019
GMB Scotland Sounds Alarm Over U.S. Threat Of Whisky Tariffs
Move shows UK is a ‘sitting duck' in future U S trade negotiations, says union.   GMB Scotland reports Scotch whisky is among the products targeted by the US for a new tariffs provides a troubling look future trade negotiations.  
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Company is first Scottish transport operator to introduce pioneering support service.   Serco NorthLink Ferries has partnered with one of Scotland's digital start-ups to improve journeys for customers who require additional support.  
1/7/2019
Warning About Energy Saving Cold Callers On The Doorstep
Highland and Islands Trading Standards warn householders to ‘be on guard' and reject cold calling ‘home energy’ traders on the doorstep.   Local Authority Trading Standards Services across the North of Scotland are warning unsuspecting householders to be on their guard if they are approached by individuals wishing to install home energy products.  
1/7/2019
School Holiday Meals For Children
Funding for food and activities during the summer break.   More children and young people will benefit from a nutritious meal and a place to play this summer holiday.  
28/6/2019
NHS Highland announces appointment of three new Board Members
Three new non-executive members have been appointed by the Cabinet Secretary to the NHS Highland Board.   Alexander Anderson, Jean Boardman and Philip MacRae have each been appointed for four years by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport Jeane Freeman.  
28/6/2019
Discontinuation of education provision at Altnaharra Primary School
At a meeting of The Highland Council on Thursday 27 June 2019, Councillors decided to discontinue the provision of education at Altnaharra Primary School, dividing its catchment area between Tongue Primary, Farr Primary and Lairg Primary schools.   A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices can be viewed on the Council's website at: www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority.  
27/6/2019
Councillor Struan Mackie Questions Delays on Thurso Asset Transfer
Councillor Mackie had a written question at today's meeting of Highland council.   Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Environment, Development & Infrastructure Committee "Official Highland Council guidance indicates that, unless extended, successful Community Asset Transfer requests should be completed by the Local Authority within a nine months' timeframe.  
27/6/2019
GATT 24 Is The New Catch 22 Says Parcelhero
Prime Minister hopeful Boris Johnson claims Gatt Article 24 will allow free trade between the UK and the EU post a no-deal Brexit.  But the international shipping expert ParcelHero says Gatt 24 can't be implemented without a deal - making it a Catch 22 situation.  
27/6/2019
Highland Council Debt Highest Ever But Under Control
From highland council Meting today 27 June 2019.   Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Corporate Resources Committee "What are the current best estimates for present total Highland Council debt and the annual financial commitment required to service this debt?".  
27/6/2019
Jeremy Hunt's Tax And Spending Policies: What Would They Cost And Who Would Benefit?
The Institute for Fiscal Studies looks At Jermey Hunt's proposals for tax and spending.   Jeremy Hunt has announced several policy proposals, including reducing corporation tax, increasing the point at which workers become liable for National Insurance (NICs) contributions, increasing defence spending, and reducing the interest rate applied to student debt.  
27/6/2019
Why Is Suicide So High In Highland - Research to inform suicide prevention
Suicide prevention is a key priority for The Highland Council.   Members have agreed today, to take forward a piece of research with partners including NHS Highland and Police Scotland, to better understand the current evidence base and experience of suicide in Highland.  
27/6/2019
Boris Johnson's Tax Policies: What Would They Cost And Who Would Benefit?
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has looked at Boris Johnson's announcements.   Boris Johnson has announced two main tax proposals - to increase the income tax higher rate threshold (HRT) from £50,000 to £80,000, and to raise the point at which people start paying National Insurance contributions (NICs).  
27/6/2019
Counselling Service approved as part of range of wellbeing measures
The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors has been approved by the Council as part of a range of measures to improve wellbeing.   An Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members will be put in place to offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.  
27/6/2019
Citizens Assembly Of Scotland
Citizens' Assembly will be independent, transparent and inclusive.   Transparency, inclusivity and independence from government will underpin the new Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland, Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell has announced.  
27/6/2019
Highland Council supports UK Air Passenger Duty exemption for flights departing Highlands & Islands
Highland Councillors have unanimously agreed that the Council will support the continuation of the exemption from UK Air Passenger Duty for flights departing from airports in the Highlands & Islands; and Members also agreed that the Council will continue working with HiTRANS to present the case of the need for, and benefit arising from an exemption from the current UK Air Passenger Duty and any successor duty.   The Council's stance comes this week as calls have been made by Aberdeen Airport for greater parity with Highlands & Islands.  
27/6/2019
The Rise Of In-work Poverty Is A Complex Issue With No Easy Answer
It's one of the biggest social changes we've seen in the past 25 years.  Poverty, long associated with being out of work and with old age, is now mostly a phenomenon experienced by people who are actually in work or who are living in a household where someone is in work.