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Scottish Water gets Highland Capital's high-tech Top up Tap runningThumbnail for article : Scottish Water gets Highland Capital's high-tech Top up Tap running
A state-of-the-art drinking water tap was launched last Friday in the capital of the Highlands, marking World Water Day.  To celebrate the launch and highlight the new tap, Scottish Water was joined by Provost of Inverness Councillor Helen Carmichael and young runners from Crown Primary School.  
Health And Social Care Staff Shortages
Published by the Scottish Government.   Response to the UK Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence on the shortage occupation list summarises skills shortages within health and social care sector in Scotland, and details the contribution of international workers.  
Experts Help Businesses To Be Pitch Perfect
Three inspirational coaches will lead the latest edition of the Pathfinder programme which aims to put businesses in the Highlands and Islands on the fast track to success.   A 12-week accelerator course hosted by entrepreneurial experts Steve Thomas, Danny Meaney, and Dr Andy Kelly offers a unique opportunity for businesses to pressure test their ideas and hone the perfect pitch.  
Plan For Quicker Cancer Diagnosis
Waiting times for patients with suspected cancer will be targeted in an action plan which will introduce new technologies, additional clinics and additional training for staff.   The revised Endoscopy Action Plan, which is backed by a £6 million investment, sets out steps to ensure all new patients will be seen within six weeks for key endoscopic tests.  
Children's services planning: provision of statutory guidance - consultation
The Scottish Goverment wish to consult whether the content, scope and format of the statutory guidance is still helpful and fit for purpose.   Consultation: Children's Services Planning - Provision of Statutory Guidance Overview The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, placed a requirement on Local Authorities and Health Boards to present evidence to the Scottish Government in a Children Services Plan which clearly sets out and demonstrates the actions planned, taken and delivered to improve outcomes for our children and young people in their area.  
Building on the Construction Industry SchemeThumbnail for article : Building on the Construction Industry Scheme
HMRC has webinars and online guides to help you understand the Construction Industry Scheme and what you need to do.  You can ask questions during the live webinars using the on-screen text box.  
Recruitment Of Key Workers Under ThreatThumbnail for article : Recruitment Of Key Workers Under Threat
Shortages of skilled workers in Scotland across key sectors of the economy such as health and social care will be made worse after Brexit, Migration Minister Ben Macpherson warned today.   The warning forms part of the Scottish Government's submission to the UK Government's Migration Advisory Committee about the range of occupations which are officially classed as suffering from a shortage of staff.  
Rates Relief Puts Scotland In Fibre Fast LaneThumbnail for article : Rates Relief Puts Scotland In Fibre Fast Lane
Telecommunications firms will soon be able to benefit from 100% non-domestic rates relief on new fibre broadband infrastructure to help them make the business case to install in Scotland.   The rates relief for businesses investing in new infrastructure, which comes into effect on 1 April, will last for ten years - five years longer than the UK Government's fibre broadband package.  
In With The Old and Out With The New - Second-hand Clothing Market Set To Overtake The Fast Fashion MovementThumbnail for article : In With The Old and Out With The New - Second-hand Clothing Market Set To Overtake The Fast Fashion Movement
Consumers are increasingly turning towards second-hand clothing, studies are revealing - with conscientious buyers set to make pre-loved items a bigger market than so-called ‘fast fashion' by 2029.   In a poll conducted by waste management agency,, almost half of the 1500 respondents (45%) said they would buy clothes that had been pre-owned.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 18 March 2019.   Energy & Business Services: I'm delighted to see yesterday's news that Restore Digital have announced the creation of 39 new job opportunities in Wick.  
Plans To Introduce Breathing Space For People In Problem Debt Progressing
Work is underway to introduce legal protection from creditor enforcement for people in problem debt to enable them to seek advice and enter into an appropriate debt relief solution.   The purpose behind breathing space is intended to benefit both debtors and creditors by encouraging individuals to seek debt advice earlier.  
Major Jobs Boost For Wick - Applications Open Now For 39 Positions
Restore Digital is a leading independent provider of document scanning, content input, content capture, business process automation solutions, and professional consultancy services.  Our customers trust us with their time critical, business critical and highly sensitive data.  
Local Government In Scotland: Challenges And Performance 2019Thumbnail for article : Local Government In Scotland: Challenges And Performance 2019
Councils must continue to change to address gap between demand and resources.   Scotland's councils are managing to improve and maintain most services.  
Gills Harbour Ltd Awards Contract To Local FirmThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Ltd Awards Contract To Local Firm
Gills Harbour Ltd, the community-owned body that owns & operates the busy little port on Caithness's North Coast, has awarded a remedial contract to a Wick-based company.   The deal, won in a competitive tender, has gone to builders/civil engineers Messrs GMR Henderson Ltd, of Martha Terrace in Wick.  
First GP mentors in Highland
For the first time in Highland GPs working in the area now have access to mentor support to help promote staff health and wellbeing.   NHS Highland's Mentoring Scheme, which saw the first trained mentors graduate in 2016, was recently extended to include GPs as trained mentors and a group of 10 mentors were successful in graduating last month (February).  
Addressing Scotland's pattern of land ownership can unlock economic and community opportunitiesThumbnail for article : Addressing Scotland's pattern of land ownership can unlock economic and community opportunities
A new report published today (Wednesday 20 March 2019) finds that concentrated land ownership is having significant impacts on communities across rural Scotland.   The Scottish Land Commission report, titled Investigation into the issues associated with Large Scale and Concentrated Land Ownership in Scotland.  
Common Agricultural Policy - Payments UnderwayThumbnail for article : Common Agricultural Policy - Payments Underway
Payments worth more than a third of a billion pounds have begun, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has announced.   In the coming months, eligible farmers, crofters and land managers will receive their Common Agricultural Policy Pillar 1 2018 entitlement, with around 78% of eligible claimants having already received up to 90% of their entitlement through a government loan in October.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 20th March 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 20th March 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 20thth) sold 711 store cattle and 65 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (369) averaged 223.3p and sold to 288.6p per kg for a 395kg Limousin cross from Park Farm, Nairn and £1,240 gross for a pair of 665kg Limousin crosses from Ashley, North Kessock.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 March 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 March 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 19th) sold 6 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (1) averaged 209.0p (+6.1p) and sold to 209.0p per kg and £1,327.15 gross.  
Delivering An Improved Planning System
Planning Minister Kevin Stewart has said the significant increase in planning costs associated with the amendments made at the latest Parliamentary stage of the Planning (Scotland) Bill threaten the very aims of the legislation.   Mr Stewart was speaking as the Financial Memorandum for the Bill was published.