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Support For People With Neurological Conditions
£492,535million allocated to projects around the country.   A total of 17 projects which support people with neurological conditions are to benefit from the latest round of funding announced as part of a five-year action plan.  
Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group Filed A Notice To Appoint AdministratorThumbnail for article : Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group Filed A Notice To Appoint Administrator
In the last few hours the news has broken that Edinburgh Woollen Mills is appointing an administrator.   The group owns several other chains that may be of interest to buyers.  
£20.51 Million To Unlock Cairngorm's PotentialThumbnail for article : £20.51 Million To Unlock Cairngorm's Potential
Cairngorm will benefit from more than £20 million to make it a year-round attraction, generating significant economic benefits for the local area and Scotland's tourism sector.   Funded by the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), more than £16 million of the investment will be used to support reinstatement of Scotland's only funicular railway and bring it back into service during winter 2021-22.  
Job Support Scheme Expanded To Firms Required To Close Due To Covid RestrictionsThumbnail for article : Job Support Scheme Expanded To Firms Required To Close Due To Covid Restrictions
The government's Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the Chancellor announced today, 9 October.   Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions.  
Council highlights new requirements and provides advice and support following further Covid restrictions on the hospitality industry
The Scottish Government announced further temporary measures on the 7th October that will apply to many businesses within the hospitality (food and drink) sector.  As this sector is such an important sector within the Highlands, the Council considers it important to highlight the main requirements of the temporary measures.  
HMRC - further information on the support schemes for employersThumbnail for article : HMRC - further information on the support schemes for employers
HMRC - further information on the support schemes available to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic: Job Support Scheme Expansion of Job Support Scheme Job Retention Bonus Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme.   Job Support Scheme The government recently announced the Job Support Scheme (JSS) to protect jobs where businesses remain open but are facing lower demand over the winter months due to COVID-19.  
Group Formed To Help Scots Firms Benefit From Offshore Floating Wind ProjectsThumbnail for article : Group Formed To Help Scots Firms Benefit From Offshore Floating Wind Projects
A new group has been set up to make sure Scotland's energy supply chain companies benefit from new floating offshore wind projects in Scotland and the UK.   The group has been formed as a subgroup of DeepWind, Scotland's supply chain cluster.  
Protecting Jobs And Businesses - £40 Million From Scottish GovernmentThumbnail for article : Protecting Jobs And Businesses - £40 Million From Scottish Government
Fund to provide grants and employment support.   Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has outlined details of a £40 million fund to help businesses affected by temporary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Loganair Suspends Flights To Glasgow And Inverness This Winter Amid Low DemandThumbnail for article : Loganair Suspends Flights To Glasgow And Inverness This Winter Amid Low Demand
LOGANAIR has axed Glasgow and Inverness flights from its Sumburgh schedule this winter as a result of continued low demand.   The flights to and from Glasgow and Inverness are due to be suspended later this month.  
Supporting Scotland's Mental Health Recovery
Addressing the psychological impact of the pandemic.   A new plan will help ensure mental health and wellbeing remains at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Closing The Attainment Gap - Headteachers Signal Progress
Nine out of 10 headteachers (91%) say that a fund to help school pupils in the most deprived areas meet their full potential is making an impact.   A pre-COVID-19 evaluation of the £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund (ASF) covering 2018-19 has been published and aims to provide learning about the overall implementation of the fund and the extent to which its aims have been met.  
Night Shelters To Be Phased Out - Renewed commitment to ending homelessness
Night shelters will be replaced with rapid rehousing welcome centres for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough this winter, in updated plans for tackling homelessness.   The centres will provide emergency accommodation for people who have no other options, encouraging them to move on to other services.  
Investing In Skills To Support Recovery
Training for people facing redundancy and unemployment.   People who have lost their jobs or who are at risk of redundancy as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) can access support to retrain through a new fund launched by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop.  
Supporting Local Government Recovery
Additional spending powers and funding for councils.   A package of financial flexibilities and extra funding for councils which could be worth up to £750 million has been agreed by the Scottish Government in partnership with COSLA.  
The Temporary Benefit Increases Beyond 2020-21Thumbnail for article : The Temporary Benefit Increases Beyond 2020-21
The COVID-19 crisis has led to a profound shock to the labour market, one consequence of which is a rising number of claimants of means-tested benefits and higher entitlements among existing claimants.  The Office for Budget Responsibility forecast that these effects will lead to an increase in benefit spending of £25 billion in 2020-21.  
Podcast | How Is Coronavirus Affecting Older Workers?Thumbnail for article : Podcast | How Is Coronavirus Affecting Older Workers?
Older workers are one group of people who are at risk of suffering serious and persistent consequences from the economic turmoil arising from the coronavirus pandemic.   Previous research has shown that unemployment shocks have persistent effects on the employment and incomes of older workers.  
Faltering Business Recovery Faces Winter Of Risk
The Scottish economy showed only weak signs of recovery where a return to trading was allowed as COVID-19 restrictions eased over the summer, according to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) Quarterly Economic Indicator (QEI).   The outlook remains grim in all sectors, particularly for businesses in retail and tourism, which have been hit hard by restrictions and face a bleak winter as business support and confidence plummets.  
Budget deficit reaches £174 billion in just five months
Public sector borrowing to hit a peacetime record.   The coronavirus outbreak and the public health measures taken to contain it have delivered one of the largest ever shocks to the UK economy and public finances.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sales 9 October 2020 - Rams and Ewes
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (October, 9th) sold 179 rams at its annual show and sale of Blackface rams.   Shearlings (139) sold to £1,900 gross from Milton Farm, Aberarder.  
Tough choices ahead as spending on working-age benefits set to hit record levels
In the wake of the pandemic, the government brought in a number of temporary increases to universal credit (UC) and other parts of the benefit system at a cost of £9 billion.  Combined with the effects of higher unemployment and lower earnings - which even under its optimistic scenario the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts would add £17 billion to the benefits bill this year - 2020-21 could see spending on working-age benefits rise by £26 billion, leaving it a quarter higher than it was in 2019-20.