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14/9/2020
Highland Council Trading Standards warns of hoax lottery scam mailings
Highland residents are being warned that letters claiming they have won a share of £425,000 in a ‘postcode lottery' is a scam.   The letters appear to be targeting the Skye area but are likely to be sent to various addresses across the Highland area.  
14/9/2020
Decommissioning Nuclear Sites Costs Rise By £2.7bn
Progress report: Terminating the Magnox contract by the National Audit Office.   This report examines the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's management of the renegotiated contract in place with Cavendish Fluor Partnership.  
14/9/2020
Prime Minister's Article In The Telegraph: 12 September 2020
It is now more than seven months since this country left the EU on Jan 31, and since then we have been working hard to build what I am sure will be a great new future relationship.  We want a thoroughgoing free-trade deal.  
14/9/2020
Advice For People Who Are Struggling To Pay Essential Bills Because Of Coronavirus
This article is issue by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and has an English bias but the principles are the same for Scotland.   For Advice in Highland see the Highland council Page Hi-hope Advice for those in difficulty with energy, water or telecommunications bills, or repayment commitments on credit cards, loans and mortgages, as a result of COVID-19.  
14/9/2020
Capital Grant Scheme To Support Sustainable Farming Launched In Scotland
The Scottish Government has launched a Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS) with the stated aim of protecting and improving the natural environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting sustainable farming and land use.   The grant forms part of the Agricultural Transformation Programme announced in February which allocated £40 million of initial funding to support the sector's contribution to meeting Scotland's climate change ambitions.  
14/9/2020
Highland Council Appoints Interim Executive Chief Officer - Health And Social Care
Fiona Malcolm, has been appointed by The Highland Council as Interim Executive Chief Officer with immediate effect for Health and Social Care, pending recruitment of the permanent ECO post which is currently taking place.   A qualified solicitor, Fiona has worked within the legislative and policy frameworks in place for both children's care and adult social care since joining The Highland Council in 2001.  
14/9/2020
Government To Help Pension Schemes Seize Long-term OpportunitiesThumbnail for article : Government To Help Pension Schemes Seize Long-term Opportunities
From the Department for Work and Pensions The draft measures are aimed at improving saver outcomes, and supporting the economy by promoting investment in green tech and infrastructure by pension schemes.   Measures to encourage pension schemes to invest in a more diverse range of long-term assets, including illiquid products such as venture capital and green infrastructure, were outlined by the Government today.  
14/9/2020
The Internal Market Bill Is Not An Emergency Button - It's A Self-destruct Switch
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland's claims that the Internal Market Bill is a ‘break-the-glass-in-an-emergency provision’.  In fact, it’s a self-destruct button that could force a no-deal Brexit, unleashing £11bn of new border tariffs, fears ParcelHero The Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland, defended the Government’s controversial Internal Market Bill on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday saying: ‘This is all about insurance planning, if you like, a break-the-glass-in-an-emergency provision.’ However, the international parcel delivery expert ParcelHero says enforcing the terms of the bill, which is being debated by MPs later today, would be pressing a self-destruct switch, not a break-the-glass emergency button.  
14/9/2020
New Guidance For Goods Vehicle Operators And DriversThumbnail for article : New Guidance For Goods Vehicle Operators And Drivers
The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued brand new guidance designed to prevent terrorists getting access to commercial vehicles.   In the last five years, changes in attack methodology has placed greater emphasis on simplicity and ease of access, meaning that - along with knives - commercial vehicles have become one of the deadliest weapons used by terrorists across Europe.  
14/9/2020
Historic Child Abuse In Scotland - Financial RedressThumbnail for article : Historic Child Abuse In Scotland - Financial Redress
The Government Actuary Department has played a key role in a Scottish Government Bill on historic child abuse.  The Bill looks to set up a financial redress scheme for abuse survivors.  
14/9/2020
Highland Council to Support Climate Week 2020
To mark Scotland's Climate Week for 2020, which runs from today until the 20th September, The Highland Council has organised a range of virtual events to share information and seek views from Highland residents and Council employees on climate related topics.   Whilst the circumstances for Climate Week 2020 are very different to previous years, it still provides an important opportunity for organisations and communities to celebrate and showcase what they are doing to tackle climate change.  
14/9/2020
Scottish Private Sector Returns To Growth In August - Royal Bank Purchase Managers IndexThumbnail for article : Scottish Private Sector Returns To Growth In August - Royal Bank Purchase Managers Index
According to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland PMI® , the Scottish private sector returned to growth during August, with business activity rising at the quickest pace for more than six years amid the fastest uptick in new work since late-2018.  The seasonally adjusted headline Royal Bank of Scotland Business Activity Index - a measure of combined manufacturing and service sector output - rose from 49.3 inJuly, to 55.8 in August, to signal the first increase in Scottish private sector output since February.  
13/9/2020
Localised Restrictions Extended To Lanarkshire
Limit on indoor household gatherings introduced in North and South Lanarkshire.   Restrictions on meetings in indoor household settings are to be extended to people living in Lanarkshire, following a rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the areas.  
13/9/2020
Council backs Skye ward members seeking long term sustainable future for Home Farm funding
Members of the Highland Council unanimously agreed a motion by Eilean a' Cheò (Skye) ward members to seek assurances that all revenue funding regarding the purchase of Home Farm will be met by the Scottish Government.   The motion states: "The Highland Council welcomes developments between HC-One and NHSH regarding the transfer of ownership to NHSH and for them to deliver care.  
Building Resilience For Island Communities
£2 million for locally-led green recovery.   Island communities will benefit from a £2 million programme of locally-led green projects designed to help support their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
13/9/2020
UK Internal Market Bill
The Institute for Government web site has set out a concise explanation of the bill going through the UK parliament.   Unsurprisingly the devolved parliaments don't like it.  
13/9/2020
Strengthening Support For School Staff In Scotland
Package will include help with mental health.   School staff will be offered new support as part of a £1.5 million funding package to help manage additional pressures as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
13/9/2020
Further Quarantine Measures Introduced For Travellers
Quarantine required for Hungary and La Reunion travel, while Sweden added to exemption list.   Travellers from Hungary and La Reunion will be required to self-isolate at home or another specified address for 14 days on arrival in Scotland from 4am on Saturday morning (12 September).  
13/9/2020
Help to get online
Connecting Scotland programme funding to expand to £43 million.   Organisations that work with digitally excluded families and young people in care are being encouraged to get involved with a programme aiming to get more people online.  
13/9/2020
The Internal Market Bill Breaks International Law And Lays The Ground To Break More Law
Raphael Hogarth writing in the Institute for Government explains the legal Issues position.   Sir Jonathan Jones, the permanent secretary of the Government Legal Department, is reported to have resigned over plans to undermine the Withdrawal Agreement.