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12/7/2019
Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: business and regulatory impact assessment
The Scottish Government has today (12 July 2019) published an impact assessment for Non Domestic Rates sometimes known as business rates in respect of the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill introduced into Parliament on 25 March 2019.   The paper sets out a series of possible options.  
12/7/2019
New Buyer Interest Rises In Scotland For First Time Since January 2019
A more stable trend is now emerging in the Scottish housing market, according to the latest results for the Royal Instituteof chartered Surveyors (RICS) UK Residential Market Survey.   Although anecdotal commentary from respondents remains mixed, contributors reported a rise in buyer demand whilst newly agreed sales also gained a little momentum.  
12/7/2019
Strengthening Fire Safety And Building Standards
Improvements in fire safety and better facilities for people with disabilities.   Fire safety is to be strengthened in new high rise buildings and facilities for people with disabilities improved in larger new buildings.  
12/7/2019
Building Standards Technical Handbook 2019: Domestic Buildings
Updated version of the technical handbook (domestic) which applies from 1 October 2019.   This version of the technical handbook (domestic) applies to a building warrant submitted on or after 1 October 2019 and to building work which does not require a warrant commenced from that date.  
12/7/2019
Building Standards Technical Handbook 2019: Non-domestic Buildings
Updated version of the technical handbook (non-domestic) which applies from 1 October 2019.   This version of the technical handbook (non-domestic) applies to a building warrant submitted on or after 1 October 2019 and to building work which does not require a warrant commenced from that date.  
12/7/2019
Scottish Government Publishes Draft Vision For Housing To 2040Thumbnail for article : Scottish Government Publishes Draft Vision For Housing To 2040
The Scottish Government has set out its vision for housing in Scotland leading up to 2040.   The draft vision sets out how housing system should look and feel in 2040.  
11/7/2019
Bank of England - Financial Stability Report, July 2019 - Live at 11.00amThumbnail for article : Bank of England - Financial Stability Report, July 2019 - Live at 11.00am
The latest financial stability report for the UK will be broadcast live on Youtube at 11.00am today 11 July 2019 or can be watched later.   See it HERE Read the report at https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/financial-stability-report/2019/july-2019 Notes FPC mentioned a few times in the speech is - The Financial Policy Committee (FPC) is an official committee of the Bank of England, modelled on the already well established Monetary Policy Committee.  
11/7/2019
£65 Million Investment In Moray EconomyThumbnail for article : £65 Million Investment In Moray Economy
The Moray Growth Deal will see £65 million invested in creating high-value jobs, strengthening local communities and safeguarding the future of the local economy.   The Scottish Government will invest up to £32.5 million in Moray over 10 to 15 years to drive inclusive economic growth across the region, with the UK Government matching the funding over a 15 year period.  
11/7/2019
Animal health: biosecurity posters for event organisers
Posters to encourage event visitors to use disinfectant mats and to wash their hands or use sanitisers.   Use these posters to encourage visitors to your event to use any disinfectant mats at entrances/exits and to wash their hands or use sanitisers (depending on what facilities you have in place).  
11/7/2019
Council clears up after ‘severe flooding' in Dingwall
The Highland Council is clearing up in Dingwall after last evening's severe flash flooding in the town.   Roads affected in and around Dingwall were the A834 from the traffic lights at Newton road and High street Junction towards the Police station and West end.  
11/7/2019
OGA Launches 32nd Offshore Licensing Round With Groundbreaking Supporting DatasetsThumbnail for article : OGA Launches 32nd Offshore Licensing Round With Groundbreaking Supporting Datasets
The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched the 32nd Offshore Licensing Round with 768 blocks or part-blocks on offer across the main producing areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).  Acreage is on offer in the Central North Sea, Northern North Sea, Southern North Sea and the West of Shetlands.  
11/7/2019
Advocacy Help For Benefit Applicants - A Consultation
Creating a fairer system for all.   New independent advocacy workers will be on hand to help disabled people applying for Scotland's new social security benefits.  
11/7/2019
Understanding Inflation: Expectations and RealityThumbnail for article : Understanding Inflation: Expectations and Reality
Speech given by Silvana Tenreyro, External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England Ronald Tress Memorial Lecture, Birkbeck University of London 10 July 2019 In this speech, Silvana Tenreyro compares actual inflation with perceptions and expectations of inflation among different groups.  Silvana then considers potential reasons for discrepancies between these measures and possible consequences for saving and spending.  
Calling All Artists...Dunnet Bay Distillers To Launch An ‘Inspired By Gin' ExhibitionThumbnail for article : Calling All Artists...Dunnet Bay Distillers To Launch An ‘Inspired By Gin' Exhibition
The UK's most northerly mainland distillery, Dunnet Bay Distillers, is scouring the UK for exceptional artwork to feature in its debut exhibition, ‘Inspired by Gin'.   The distillery will play host to the exhibition from December 2019 - March 2020 at its new Visitor Centre, which is a VisitScotland 5 Star Visitor Attraction and a centre for food and drink, culture and heritage tourism.  
10/7/2019
Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area Appraisal and Management PlanThumbnail for article : Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
The public are being invited to come along to find out more about the Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAMP).   A special drop-in event will take place on Tuesday 23 July 2019 in Mackay's Hotel from 2pm to 6pm to give people the opportunity to see maps of the current conservation area and put forward their comments.  
10/7/2019
Transformational Not Transactional: The UK's Community Investment Sector’s Can Play a Major Role in Inclusive Growth
By Thomas Gillan, Deputy CEO, Social Investment Scotland.   Over the past ten years we have witnessed some truly game-changing developments in the world of business.  
10/7/2019
Driving A Circular Economy
Scotland's Deposit Return scheme will give industry, business and individuals the opportunity to drive sustainable economic growth while reducing their impact on the environment.   The wide-ranging social and economic benefits of the proposed scheme were published today.  
10/7/2019
Scottish National Investment BankThumbnail for article : Scottish National Investment Bank
The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee of the Scottish Government has published its report on creating a Scottish National Investment Bank.   What is it? Why do we need one? How will it work? In simplest terms, a national investment bank is an institution created by a government to finance economic development.  
10/7/2019
Housing Support Made Easier
People facing homelessness will have better access to support with new legislation coming into effect later this year.   Last year the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group recommended changes to homelessness laws, and analysis of consultation responses published today show support for the measures.  
10/7/2019
Richard Werner: Today's Source of Money CreationThumbnail for article : Richard Werner: Today's Source of Money Creation
If you want to understand where money comes from then this might help.   Keep going until the end and you maybe shocked.