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16/4/2019
Record Employment Rates In UK Continue Upward SurgeThumbnail for article : Record Employment Rates In UK Continue Upward Surge
Source: Office for National Statistics - Labour Force Survey.   The UK employment rate was estimated at 76.1%, higher than for a year earlier (75.4%) and the joint-highest figure on record.  
16/4/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 April 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 16th) sold 6 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (1) averaged 216.0p (+6.7p) and sold to 216.0p per kg and £1,360.80 gross.  
15/4/2019
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin PermitsThumbnail for article : Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin Permits
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - order your 2019/20 brown bin garden waste permit now.   Highland Council Garden Waste Permits are now available to order for the 2019/20 Permit Season.  
15/4/2019
IR35 Rules Changing in 2020 - Get Ready NowThumbnail for article : IR35 Rules Changing in 2020 - Get Ready Now
IR35 is a piece of legislation designed to tackle tax avoidance from 'disguised employment' - where self-employed contractors set up limited companies to pay themselves through dividends, which are not subject to National Insurance.  It was first introduced in 1999 by then-chancellor Gordon Brown.  
15/4/2019
Has The Time Come For A Citizens Basic Income?Thumbnail for article : Has The Time Come For A Citizens Basic Income?
With predictions of social and economic upheaval brought about by technological and environmental changes, could a citizen's income reduce poverty and increase people's control over their lives?.  How attractive - and affordable - is it as a policy?.  
15/4/2019
Digital Record Keeping For VAT Started April 2019Thumbnail for article : Digital Record Keeping For VAT Started April 2019
For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/making-tax-digital-for-vat.  
15/4/2019
Making Tax Digital VAT 2019 - 17 Minute TutorialThumbnail for article : Making Tax Digital VAT 2019 - 17 Minute Tutorial
For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/making-tax-digital-for-vat.  
15/4/2019
Call For Fundamental Review Of Funding Local Government
UNISON, the largest trade union in Scotland, and the Jimmy Reid Foundation are calling for a fundamental review of funding local government.   The call will be made at the launch of joint UNISON and Jimmy Reid Foundation report: Additional Revenue streams sources of funding for the delivery of local government services The report will be launched today (Monday 15 April) at the STUC 122nd Annual Congress in Dundee.  
15/4/2019
£2.3 Billion Debt Relief Granted In 10 Years Of DROs
In the decade since first DRO was approved in 2009, £2.3 billion of debt relief has been granted helping more than a quarter of a million people out of debt.   The first Debt Relief Order (DRO) was approved 10 years ago in April 2009 with the aim of assisting people with small levels of assets and little surplus income deal with their debts*.  
Shut Out ScammersThumbnail for article : Shut Out Scammers
Help halt the harm doorstep criminals cause in your community.   Independent charity Crimestoppers is today launching a campaign to raise awareness of Doorstep Crime and encourage people to pass on any relevant information 100% anonymously.  
15/4/2019
Rural Scotland And EU CitizensThumbnail for article : Rural Scotland And EU Citizens
EU workforce is ‘essential'.   Continued opportunities for EU citizens to live and work in Scotland are essential to rural and coastal Scotland's continued success and sustainability, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has said.  
15/4/2019
Record Number Of Financial Chiefs Concerned About Brexit, Report Finds
The online magazine web site Energy Voice has today 15 April 2019 published an item about the worries of Brexit by leading financial institutions and how it might affect everything.   A record number of Britain's finance chiefs are bracing for the worst and hoarding cash as they anticipate a damaging Brexit.  
15/4/2019
Funding Awarded To Support Vulnerable Eu Citizens Apply For Settled StatusThumbnail for article : Funding Awarded To Support Vulnerable Eu Citizens Apply For Settled Status
57 organisations throughout the UK have been awarded funding from £9 million available, supporting an estimated 200,000 vulnerable or hard to reach EU citizens.   Home Secretary Sajid Javid has (Wednesday 10 April 2019) announced that 57 organisations across the UK will receive funding to provide practical support to vulnerable or at-risk people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.  
15/4/2019
Technical Item on funding Marine Energy
Peter Scheijgrond, M.Eng, M.Phil from the Dutch Marine Energy Centre calls for smart support schemes to implement marine renewable energy across Europe The industrial opportunity for Europe presented by the marine energy sector is significant, and governments should seize it by providing a clear signal of intent to the market.  The marine energy industry sees 100GW of tidal and wave capacity being built in Europe by 2050, providing 400,000 jobs and supplying 10% of the European Union's (EU) current electricity needs according to Ocean Energy Europe.  
12/4/2019
Berriedale Braes Road Project Starting SoonThumbnail for article : Berriedale Braes Road Project Starting Soon
R J McLeod the contractors awarded the work to build the new road at Berriedale have issued the first in a series of newsletters to keep everyone informed about progress to finally upgrade the road.   "The project team has been hard at work planning the main construction operations - set to commence soon - to ensure that the project goes as smoothly as possible and that the impact on residents and road users is minimised wherever possible.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 8th April 2019 Energy & Business Services: It was good to see this week in the Press & Journal's Energy Voice a piece confirming the transformational impact that the Beatrice Offshore project is having on Wick.  It is a timely reminder that although the £2.6Bn project is nearing the end of its construction phase, the economic impacts in the north will continue over the lifetime of the project through the operations base in the restored harbourfront buildings in Wick, which will be home to around 90 workers.  
11/4/2019
Longest Bus In The World Might Struggle At Berriedale BraesThumbnail for article : Longest Bus In The World Might Struggle At Berriedale Braes
Chinese manufacturer BYD has launched what it claims to be the longest electric bus in the world.   But we think it will be a long time before it comes to Caithness.  
11/4/2019
Do Your Employees Know How To Apply For Tax-free Childcare?Thumbnail for article : Do Your Employees Know How To Apply For Tax-free Childcare?
There's a simple step by step guide parents can use if they want to apply for Tax-Free.   Childcare, at www.gov.uk/get-tax-free-childcare It tells them: • how to find out the childcare support option that's best for them • how to check if they're eligible for Tax-Free Childcare • how to apply for Tax-Free Childcare.  
11/4/2019
Offshore Wind SummitThumbnail for article : Offshore Wind Summit
Proposals to maximise economic benefits.   Trade unions, offshore wind developers, supply chain companies and government will come together to look at maximising the offshore wind farm sector.  
10/4/2019
Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scamThumbnail for article : Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scam
The Highland Council has been alerted to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are cold calling and claiming that the resident can have their Council Tax band reassessed upon payment of £150.   Council Tax bands are determined by the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer who is independent from the Highland Council.