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11/1/2021
Dubai Designated For Public Health Quarantine
Travellers returning from Dubai must quarantine on arrival in Scotland for 10 days from 4am on Monday (11 January).  In addition, passengers who have travelled to Scotland from Dubai since 3 January are also being asked to isolate for 10 days, from the date they arrived back in the country.  
Changes to criminal court businessThumbnail for article : Changes to criminal court business
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has responded to the Lord President's decision to reduce the number of criminal trials as part of efforts to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).   The Justice Secretary said:"I welcome the Lord President's decisive action, which balances the interests of justice with the very serious public health challenges presented by the new variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  
11/1/2021
Help For Scottish Business Can No Longer Be A Dollar Short And A Day Late
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a strict new lockdown for the Scottish mainland.  The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) urged Ministers to provide more help, more quickly to Scotland's smaller firms to see them through this stage of the crisis.  
11/1/2021
Family Lifesavers - Project To Help Relatives Of Drug Users
A new project which helps the families of people at risk of dying through drugs will start work in early January.   Families as Lifesavers, which is being funded through the Drugs Deaths Taskforce, helps family members to increase their understanding of drug addiction, while building coping strategies and helping them to continue to support their relative.  
11/1/2021
Extending Support For Hospitality, Retail And Leisure - January grants top-up announced.Thumbnail for article : Extending Support For Hospitality, Retail And Leisure - January grants top-up announced.
A significant top-up to the grant support available for hospitality, retail and leisure businesses across Scotland closed by level 4 restrictions will be paid following an announcement by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes.   In addition to the grants businesses receive through the Strategic Business Framework Fund, eligible businesses will also get a one off grant of.  
11/1/2021
Prince Of Wales Launches Terra Carta Initiative To Put Nature At The Heart Of Big BusinessThumbnail for article : Prince Of Wales Launches Terra Carta Initiative To Put Nature At The Heart Of Big Business
The Prince of Wales has today launched a 10-point pandemic recovery charter that challenges businesses to "put nature, people and the planet at the heart of global value creation" over the next decade, in a move backed by scores of major corporates high profile names such as including Unilever, BP, and BlackRock.   Dubbed the 'Terra Carta' in homage to the historic Magna Carta - the charter of basic rights agreed over 800 years ago - the 17-page framework sets out 100 broad actions for businesses to harness their resources and innovation to combat escalating global climate and biodiversity crises.  
11/1/2021
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Never used the immigration system? What employers should be doing now to prepare if they want to recruit from EEA and beyond.   Thu, Jan 14, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM GMT With the changes to UK immigration system, which now apply equally to EU and non-EU citizens, we invite you to join us as we discuss how these changes may affect your access to talent and recruitment plans going forward.  
11/1/2021
Uk Government Delivers Coronavirus BriefingThumbnail for article : Uk Government Delivers Coronavirus Briefing
UK government delivers update on lockdown, the spread of coronavirus, and vaccine distribution.   Good afternoon and welcome back to Downing Street for today's coronavirus briefing.  
11/1/2021
Extra Costs Of Food, Energy And Remote Learning Piled Financial Pressure On Low-income Families During Lockdown
The extra cost of food, energy, and entertaining, distracting and home-schooling children has meant that low-income families with children are twice as likely to have increased, rather than reduced, their spending during the pandemic so far, according to new research published today (Monday 11 January 2021).   Pandemic Pressures - a collaboration between the Resolution Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation-funded Covid Realities research project at the University of York – combines survey work with first-hand accounts of low-income parents and carers to highlight how the spending patterns of low-income families with children have been very different to the wider population during the pandemic, and during the first lockdown in particular.  
11/1/2021
Covid-19: Pm Says 40% Of 80-year-olds Have Been VaccinatedThumbnail for article : Covid-19: Pm Says 40% Of 80-year-olds Have Been Vaccinated
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the success of vaccines against COVID-19 should 'not be allowed to breed complacency about the state of the pandemic'.   He said he didn't want to have to impose further lockdown restrictions, but that now is the moment for maximum observance of the rules..  
11/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 11 January 2021
1,782 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   17,730 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 11.5% of these were positive.  
11/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: First Minister's Statement - 11 January 2021Thumbnail for article : Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: First Minister's Statement - 11 January 2021
Statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a media briefing in St Andrew's House, Edinburgh on Monday 11 January 2021.   Good afternoon.  
11/1/2021
Top 1 Per Cent Has Almost £800 Billion More Wealth Than Official Statistics Show
The ONS' main data on wealth misses almost £800 billion of assets held by the wealthiest 1 per cent of households and correcting for this oversight means UK wealth inequality is higher than previously thought, according to new Resolution Foundation research published 0n 4th January 2021.   The Missing Billions examines the scale and distribution of wealth across the UK, and finds that official measures miss around 5 per cent of the total wealth in the UK, held by the very wealthiest households, which conservatively amounts to around £800 billion and could easily exceed this.  
11/1/2021
Concerns Grow After Fake Covid Vaccine Scams Emerge
The Highland Council 's Trading Standards team and NHS Highland are warning Highland residents to be very aware of the latest Covid scams that are emerging across the UK.   It is very likely that these scams are linked and the consequences of being a victim of these scams may go beyond financial harm.  
10/1/2021
Asymptomatic Testing To Be Rolled Out Across The Country Starting This Week In England
Community testing offer to be expanded across all local authorities in England to test people without symptoms.   Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown.  
10/1/2021
Advice For Doctors On Astrazeneca And Pfizer Biontech Vaccines In Scotland
A letter from the chief medical officer to doctors.   ADVICE FROM JOINT COMMITTEE ON VACCINATION AND IMMUNISATION (JCVI) ON THE ASTRAZENECA AND PFIZER BIONTECH VACCINE.  
10/1/2021
Statement From Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty On National Alert Levels
Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty writes about the UK's battle with Covid-19.   We have faced several grave moments during our battle against coronavirus.  
10/1/2021
Oxford Astrazeneca Vaccine National Roll-out in Scotland
Doses to be administered at over 1,000 GP practices and community centres.   Many more people will receive the first dose of the Oxford/Astrazeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in GP practices and community vaccination centres across Scotland from tomorrow (Monday 11 January 2021) The vaccine, approved for use in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on 30 December, has already been administered in primary care settings in NHS Tayside, Lothian, Orkney and Highland.  
10/1/2021
New Strategy To Accelerate Diagnosis And Improve Treatment Of Rare Diseases
The new framework will raise awareness of rare diseases, speed up diagnosis and improve care and treatment.   Rare Disease Framework sets out vision to improve the lives of more than 3.5 million people with rare diseases in the UK.  
10/1/2021
Statement from Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi on vaccine deployment
Minister Nadhim Zahawi shares his thoughts on the three Covid-19 vaccines and full vaccine deployment plan.   Britons will again be cheered by the news that yet another vaccine has been approved for use in the UK.