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Economic Recovery Debate: Economy Secretary Statement - 2 June 2021
Opening remarks by Economy Secretary Kate Forbes in the Scottish Parliament on 2 June 2021.   Published: 2 Jun 2021 Economic Recovery Debate: Economy Secretary statement - 2 June 2021 It's impossible to overstate the devastating impact that the past 14 months have had on every aspect of our lives - the pandemic has shaken our society and economy to their core.  
Highland Council Welcomes Today's Announcement From The Cabinet Secretary For Education And Skills
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville, announced today to the Scottish Parliament the details of the appeals system that will support this year's Alternative Model for Certification for young people studying for Scottish Qualification courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level.   Young people will be empowered to indicate their intention to appeal from 25 June, based on certain criteria.  
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 1st June 2021
478 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   16,489 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 3.1% of these were positive.  
Cautious Easing Of Restrictions - Highland Moves To Level One From Saturday
Glasgow to move to Level 2 and Scotland remains on the right track.   As the vaccination programme advances through age groups some restrictions are to be eased sooner in areas where case rates and prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) allow.  
Construction Materials Shortage Continues Amid Price RisesThumbnail for article :  Construction Materials Shortage Continues Amid Price Rises
Construction materials are undergoing big price rises and in some case shortages of supplies.   A combination of excess demand for housing combined with the pandemic have resulted higher labour cost partly due to construction workers from Europe returning to their native countries.  
Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: First Minister's Statement - 1 June 2021
Statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh on Tuesday 1 June 2021.   Thank you, Presiding Officer.  
Coronavirus Covid-19 Protection Levels: What You Can Do - Highland Level One From 5 June 2021
At Level 1:.   you can meet socially in groups: of up to 6 people from 3 households in your home or theirs - and can stay overnight of up to 8 people from 3 households in an indoor public place like a cafe, pub or restaurant of up to 12 people from 12 households outdoors in your garden or a public place under 12s do not count towards the total number of people or households meeting outside but do count towards the number of households indoors you do not need to physically distance from family and friends in a private home you can travel anywhere in Scotland in Levels 0, 1 or 2 but must not enter a Level 3 or 4 area unless for a permitted reason.  
Best Start Grant Boost For Parents
Financial support for school costs and healthy foods.   Low income parents are being encouraged to apply for the financial support they are eligible for.  
NHS Staffing Reaches Record High
Over 150,000 workers now employed.   Staffing levels in Scotland's NHS have reached a record high after an increase of almost 9,000.  
New Treatment Standards For Drug Users
Access to support the day it is asked for.   New standards for treatment for drug users will ensure everyone has access to the support which works best for them.  
Virtual school initiative gains national recognition
Three colleges in the University of the Highlands and Islands partnership have been recognised with a national award for their use of technology to deliver courses to secondary school pupils in remote and rural areas across the Highland Council region.   West Highland College UHI, North Highland College UHI and Inverness College UHI were named winners of the ‘Outstanding Use of Technology in Delivering Remote Teaching and Learning' Award at the Tes FE Awards on Friday 28 May 2021.  
NHS Scotland Assure - New Service For Healthcare Facilitie
A new national service has been established to improve the quality and management of healthcare construction and refurbishment projects across NHS Scotland.   NHS Scotland Assure brings together experts to improve quality and support the design, construction and maintenance of major healthcare developments.  
Revised rules for Highland burial grounds and crematorium commence 1 June 2021
Revised burial grounds and crematorium management rules are to come into place from 1 June 2021 for the next 10 years.   Following a public consultation that took place in February and March this year, Members of The Highland Council's Communities and Place Committee have approved the revised management rules.  
Visitscotland Destination And Sector Marketing Fund - Updated 1st June 2021
This fund is now open for applications.  Note that the closing date is different for each tier.  
Inverness Castle Transformation - Main Construction Contract Now Out To TenderThumbnail for article : Inverness Castle Transformation - Main Construction Contract Now Out To Tender
The Highland Council has published the main construction contract for the Inverness Castle transformation on the procurement website Public Contracts Scotland (PCS).  The contract signals the next stage in the transformation of Inverness Castle to become a tourism gateway for the Highlands.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 1 June 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (June, 1st) sold 9 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (3) averaged 235.1p (+7.9p) and sold to 239.0p per kg and £1,505.70 gross.  
HIE sets out plan for green jobs and inclusive recoveryThumbnail for article : HIE sets out plan for green jobs and inclusive recovery
Scotland's development agency for the Highlands and Islands has set out its plans to create jobs and support an inclusive and green economic recovery over the coming year.   Action for Jobs and Communities is the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) operating plan for 2021-22.  
Coronavirus Covid-19 Business Support Funds
To find the latest information on business support in Scotland and see the latest additions and amendments go HERE .  
Police Are Enforcing The Covid Regulations
138 Fixed Penalty Notices in 7 Days to 26 May 2021 - 11 Arrests.   Information on the use of new police powers designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities is available.  
New Lung Cancer Detection Campaign
Get potential symptoms checked early by your GP. A bold Detect Cancer Early (DCE) campaign is encouraging people to contact their GP if they have a new or different persistent cough or unusual breathlessness for three weeks or more in an effort to return to pre-pandemic cancer detection levels.