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7/1/2021
Weekly National Flu And Covid-19 Surveillance Reports Published
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.   COVID-19 Surveillance indicators suggest that COVID-19 activity at a national level has continued to increase during week 53 between 28 December and 3 January.  
7/1/2021
Action Required - Submit Your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme December Claims
From HMRC - 7 January 2021.   Upcoming deadline for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims, and to answer some questions you might have, too.  
7/1/2021
New Businesses Launched By Jobseekers In Scotland
A decade of UK Government support leads to more than 13,000 new businesses launched by jobseekers in Scotland.   New figures published today show between April 2011 and June 2020 more than 13,000 jobseekers in Scotland used support from their local Jobcentre and the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme, to launch their own business.  
7/1/2021
Supporting Highland Council Winter Gritting and COVID Response EffortsThumbnail for article : Supporting Highland Council Winter Gritting and COVID Response Efforts
The Council wishes to provide re-assurance to communities that it's Winter Gritting teams are continuing to work extremely hard throughout the area during the current lock-down, providing a road and pavement gritting service following the Council's policy on prioritisation of routes.   Details of the council's highland wide and local area gritting policies and maps are on the Council’s website at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting.  
7/1/2021
Impact of Brexit discussed by Highland Councillors
The Highland Council met today (7 January 2021) and took the opportunity to discuss Brexit.  A number of issues arising from the UK's exit from the EU were discussed and the complexity of the situation was recognised particularly since there are a number of other concurrent issues such as COVID.  
7/1/2021
Eviction Ban Extended - Extension to protect tenants in Scotland
A temporary ban on eviction orders will be extended until the end of March 2021.   Regulations will be laid in the Scottish Parliament on 14 January to extend the current ban, which is in place at present until 22 January.  
7/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 - Childcare Provision For January 2021
Supplementary guidance for regulated early learning and childcare and school age childcare services.   Purpose and background Purpose of this guidance This guidance has been issued in response to the First Minster's announcement of 19 December 2020 and updated following her statement to Parliament on 4 January 2021.  
7/1/2021
Learning under current Covid lockdown
The Highland Council has issued a letter to all parents providing an update regarding the reopening of schools and early learning and childcare settings following the announcement made yesterday by the First Minister that the country is now in a national lockdown.   All Highland schools will remain open but the only pupils who should attend are those identified as vulnerable and the children of Key Workers when no other arrangements can be made.  
7/1/2021
Coronavirus (covid-19) Update: First Minister's Statement - Thursday 7 January 2021Thumbnail for article : Coronavirus (covid-19) Update: First Minister's Statement - Thursday 7 January 2021
Statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a media briefing in St Andrew's House, Edinburgh on Thursday 7 January 2021.   Thanks for joining us again today.  
7/1/2021
Travel Restrictions Update: South Africa Ban Extended, Israel (and Jerusalem) Removed From Travel Corridors List
From 4am Saturday 9 January, people arriving in England from Botswana, Israel (and Jerusalem), Mauritius or Seychelles will need to self-isolate.   travel restrictions extended to southern African countries from 4am Saturday 9 January (2021) to protect against the spread of a new COVID-19 variant initially detected in South Africa.  
7/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 7 January 2021
Scottish numbers: 7 January 2021.   Summary 2,649 new cases of COVID-19 reported.  
7/1/2021
Prime Minister's Statement On Coronavirus (covid-19): 7 January 2021Thumbnail for article : Prime Minister's Statement On Coronavirus (covid-19): 7 January 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.   Good afternoon, today I'm joined by Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and Brigadier Phil Prosser, who is Commander of Military Support to the Vaccine Delivery Programme across our United Kingdom.  
7/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Stay At Home Guidance
Stay at Home To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home as much as possible.   By law, in a level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose.  
6/1/2021
World economy in 2021: here's who will win and who will loseThumbnail for article : World economy in 2021: here's who will win and who will lose
The coronavirus has crippled the world economy.  Global GDP suffered its sharpest drop since the end of the second world war in 2020, millions were unemployed or furloughed, and governments pumped trillions of dollars into their economies to prevent greater damage.  
6/1/2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 6 January 2021
2,039 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   21,101 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 10.5% of these were positive.  
6/1/2021
Why Does Boris Johnson Delay Coronavirus Lockdown Decisions? A Psychologist Gives Her ViewThumbnail for article : Why Does Boris Johnson Delay Coronavirus Lockdown Decisions? A Psychologist Gives Her View
This article is published on The Conversation web site.   Author, Nicola Power, Lecturer in Psychology, Lancaster University.  
6/1/2021
Covid-19 Testing For HGV Drivers Using The Port Of Dover Or Eurotunnel - LatestThumbnail for article : Covid-19 Testing For HGV Drivers Using The Port Of Dover Or Eurotunnel - Latest
How HGV drivers get their COVID-19 test before leaving the UK for France.   Kent travel update for HGVs carrying dangerous goods, 5 January 2021.  
6/1/2021
Traffic Through Dover-Calais Strait Remains Quiet, But Costs Of Cross-channel Freight Has Surged
Post-transition border controls faced their first test yesterday (4 January) on the first working day of the year, but the flow of freight moving across the Dover-Calais strait remained slower than usual.   France's new €50m smart border infrastructure was largely unused with traffic flowing at around a fifth of its normal level.  
6/1/2021
Over £200 Million Boost To Upgrade UK Labs To Help Scientists Tackle Covid-19 And Cut Emissions
New facilities include super computers to track infectious diseases, airborne sensors to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, and a unique floating offshore wind testing lab.   UK science facilities to be upgraded with £213 million government investment enabling researchers to respond to global challenges such as COVID-19 and climate change.  
6/1/2021
Eu Firms Stop Trade With Uk To Avoid New Vat Burden Following Post-transition Rule Changes
New VAT rules for overseas firms selling goods into the UK are leading some EU businesses to stop trade with the UK.   VAT is now collected by HMRC at the point of sale rather than the point of importation, requiring overseas sellers to register with HMRC and account for VAT themselves, when the sale is lower than a value of £135.