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10/12/2019
Heavy Rain Causes Landslips - Kylerhea, Isle of Skye and Raasay
Two roads are closed on Isle of Skye and Raasay due to landslips.   The C1239 Lusa - Kylerhea Road is closed at around 3.7km from the Invergarry - Uig trunk road (A87) due to a landslip from the hill above which has covered the road with mud for around 100 - 120m.  
10/12/2019
Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2019
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published statistics on Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2019.   The Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey (EPS) 2019 is a large-scale telephone survey of 2,652 employers in Scotland.  
10/12/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 10 December 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 10th) sold 15 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (15) averaged 197.5p (+5.2p) and sold to 207.0p per kg and £1,289.25 gross.  
10/12/2019
Scottish Government should enforce the Scottish Living Wage in charity care sector, says UNISON
UNISON is calling on the Scottish government to step in to enforce payment of the Scottish Living Wage to all staff working for Richmond Fellowship Scotland - one of the largest providers of social care services across Scotland.   UNISON has successfully campaigned to get the Scottish Living Wage (SLW) paid to all adult social care workers across Scotland.  
10/12/2019
Unison Is Balloting Staff Across Enable Scotland On The Latest Pay Offer
The new pay offer is for £9.10 per hour - an increase of 10 pence per hour - from the 1st January 2020 and only to be paid to personal assistants, with no proposal of a pay increase to the rest of the hard working Enable Scotland staff.   The new rate of £9.10 will also not be paid for sleepovers, this work remains at the SLW of £9 per hour.  
9/12/2019
An increase in foster carer payments is agreed by Highland council
Members have approved a proposal to substantially increase the payment to foster carers at the meeting of Highland Council today, Monday 9 December 2019.   The new payment proposal recognises the valuable role of foster carers in providing a home and care for the most vulnerable children within their Highland community.  
9/12/2019
Councillors agree further work following survey backing introduction of tourist levy
Highland councillors today approved the findings of a public consultation supporting the introduction of a Highland Transient Visitor Levy and committed to further work to develop an optimal scheme for Highland.   The results of more than 6600 responses gathered through online and face-to-face surveys, alongside a pre-consultation with the tourism industry and written submissions received from representatives from the tourism industry and local communities were considered by Members.  
9/12/2019
Equally safe at work
Highland council members today (9 December 2019) wholeheartedly gave their support to a report to Council on tackling gender-based violence.   Highland Council has been working closely with trade union colleagues and Close the Gap to create a zero-tolerance culture towards gender-based violence.  
9/12/2019
Your Vote Counts
Voters in the three Highland constituencies for the UK Parliamentary general election of: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross, Skye and Lochaber; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey are being reminded by Returning Officer Donna Manson that their vote matters.   On Thursday 12 December voting begins with all Highland polling stations opening their doors at 7am and remaining open for voters until 10pm.  
6/12/2019
Chair appointed to NHS Highland BoardThumbnail for article : Chair appointed to NHS Highland Board
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, today announced the appointment of the new Chair of Highland NHS Board.   Professor Boyd Robertson, who has served as Interim Chair of the NHS Highland Board since February this year, will take up the post from 1st December 2019.  
5/12/2019
955 Empty Highland Properties Now Charged Double Council Tax
A question from Councillor Ben Thomson to Highland Council meeting next week.   To the Chair of the Corporate Resources Committee "What reassurance can the Council provide that it is applying discretion where appropriate to the imposition of the 200% Council Tax rate applicable to empty homes? i.e.  
5/12/2019
Proposed increase in foster carer payments to be considered at council
Members will be asked to approve a proposal to substantially increase the payment to foster carers at the meeting of Highland Council on Monday 9 December 2019.   The new payment proposal recognises the valuable role of foster carers in providing a home and care for the most vulnerable children within their Highland community.  
5/12/2019
Think hard before going into overdraft this Christmas
The talk has recently been all about Brexit and that may affect us all next year but in case you missed it huge changes are about to happen for overdraft charges.   Here are some links that may make you think before you splurge on Christmas this year.  
5/12/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 5 December 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 5th) sold 1,481 store sheep.   Lambs (1,116) sold to £75 gross for Texel crosses from Alness Ferry Muir, Balblair, Ballochan Croft, Gorthleck and Balrailan, Duncanston.  
5/12/2019
Guidance for parents aims to ‘provide best start for young people across Highland'
New guidance for parents and carers who wish to apply for deferred or early entry to Highland schools for their children has been approved (subject to some additional conditions agreed) by Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   The guidance is helping to deliver the Council's Programme priority to ‘expand early years provision and provide the best start for young people across Highland’.  
Quality show forward at Caithness Christmas show and saleThumbnail for article : Quality show forward at Caithness Christmas show and sale
A Charolais cross bullock from Michael Shearer, Lythmore, Westfield, Thurso, took the prime cattle championship at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' annual Christmas show and sale held at Caithness Livestock Centre.   Tapped out by judge Bill Cameron, Burnside of Edingight, Grange, was a 20-month-old, home-bred bullock weighing 621kg.  
4/12/2019
Reducing The Attainment Gap For Young People In Highland
Improving literacy and numeracy is giving more young people a better chance of fulfilling their potential in life.   Highland Council is committed to tackling poverty and inequality and enabling all our children and young people to reach their full potential, with a focus on reducing the attainment gap for those from more disadvantaged communities across the Highlands.  
Changes To Commission Rates At Aberdeen And Northern MartsThumbnail for article : Changes To Commission Rates At Aberdeen And Northern Marts
Aberdeen & Northern Marts (ANM) is announcing a transformational change to livestock commission rates bringing radical reductions for customers who are shareholders in their co-operative business.  The change will reward the loyalty of those who invest in the mart, and will establish a new industry-wide affordable standard for members selling through the ring.  
4/12/2019
Public views sought for taxi fare review in HighlandThumbnail for article : Public views sought for taxi fare review in Highland
The public is being asked for its views on proposals by The Highland Council to review the maximum level of charges for the hire of taxis or private hire cars fitted with taxi meters operating under licence of The Highland Council.   The Council has a statutory duty in terms of Section 17 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to review its scales for the fares and other taxi related charges every 18 months.  
3/12/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 3 December 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 3rd) sold 15 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (4) averaged 182.7p (-19.1p) and sold to 190.0p per kg and £1,292.00 gross.