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8/10/2020
COVID's Impact in Real Time: Finding Balance Amid the CrisisThumbnail for article : COVID's Impact in Real Time: Finding Balance Amid the Crisis
An article from the blog on International Monetary Fund web site.   By Francesco Grigoli and Damiano Sandri.  
8/10/2020
More Than 4 Million Applications For UK Residence To The EU Settlement SchemeThumbnail for article : More Than 4 Million Applications For UK Residence To The EU Settlement Scheme
This important milestone was reached with eight months still to go before the 30 June 2021 deadline.   The Home Office has today announced that there have been more than four million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, according to the latest published statistics.  
7/10/2020
Coronavirus Covid-19: Daily Data For Scotland - 7 October 2020
Scottish numbers: 7 October 2020 Summary 1,054 new cases of COVID-19 reported; this is 13.0% of newly tested individuals.   1 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive.  
7/10/2020
First Minister's Speech 7 October 2020 - Changes To Restrictions - Hospitality Sector Especially Affected
Statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh on 7 October 2020 Presiding Officer, I will update the chamber today on the current position in relation to Covid.   I will give an assessment of the current course of the pandemic; propose difficult but important temporary measures to stem the increase in cases; set out how we will support businesses affected by them; and update the chamber on the longer term work we are doing to further improve our ability to live with Covid.  
7/10/2020
Highland Council response to First Minister's 7 October Coronavirus COVID-19 update
The Leader and Depute Leader of The Highland Council have welcomed the targeted approach being taken by the Scottish Government to the COVID-19 response over the next 2 weeks/3 weekends - from 6pm on Friday 9 October to Sunday 25 October 2020.   Highland Council Leader, Cllr Margaret Davidson said: "We share the concerns of the rising number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country and although they are fewer in The Highland Council area we are not complacent as they are increasing in most Health Board Areas including NHS Highland.  
7/10/2020
Council Leader and Strategic Lead for Police welcome creation of Police call handling jobs in InvernessThumbnail for article : Council Leader and Strategic Lead for Police welcome creation of Police call handling jobs in Inverness
Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson has welcomed Police Scotland's announcement that it has created 25 new jobs in Inverness with the creation of a specialist call handling service team.   Cllr Davidson said: "The creation of 25 new jobs in the city is good news for Inverness and Highland region especially during the ongoing economic decline caused by coronavirus.  
7/10/2020
SQA Awards 2021 - Plans For Highers To Go Ahead But National 5 Exams Replaced
Plans have been announced for Higher and Advanced Higher exams to go ahead in 2021, while National 5 exams will be replaced by a system where grades are awarded based on coursework and teacher judgement.   It means the volume of exams that will take place will be reduced by half, lowering public health risks and allowing plans for Higher and Advanced Highers to proceed.  
6/10/2020
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 6 October 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 6th) sold 12 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (2) averaged 220.4p (+8.9p) and sold to 222.0p per kg and £1,281.15 gross.  
6/10/2020
Construction Recovery Plan in ScotlandThumbnail for article : Construction Recovery Plan in Scotland
The Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) has published a plan for the sector's recovery from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).   The plan, which has been created following extensive consultation, focusses on the joint action required between the industry and the public sector to respond to the pandemic.  
6/10/2020
Joint Call For Financial Action
Linked statements from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.   Finance Ministers from across the devolved nations have joined forces to call for flexibility, fairness and clarity from the UK Government.  
5/10/2020
Nation's Job Hunt Jets OffThumbnail for article : Nation's Job Hunt Jets Off
Hundreds of thousands of job seekers are set to benefit from a new employment programme launching today (Monday 5 October 2020).   JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support) is backed by a £238 million investment and is dedicated to supporting those left jobless due to Covid-19.  
5/10/2020
£250,000 funding to help people with autism
A new national support service will help children and adults diagnosed with autism to understand and embrace their identity.   The service will provide online support on a range of issues, offer practical help and connect autistic people and their families with peers.  
5/10/2020
Civil Service Starts Guaranteed Interview Scheme For VeteransThumbnail for article : Civil Service Starts Guaranteed Interview Scheme For Veterans
Several government departments are starting a new initiative today to make it easier for veterans to secure employment in the Civil Service.   The initiative, known as the ‘Great Place to Work for Veterans', delivers on a manifesto commitment and is the most recent step in a wider commitment from the government to make the Civil Service a more welcoming place for veterans.  
5/10/2020
More Protection For Domestic Abuse Victims
Police and courts will gain powers to remove suspected abusers from victims' homes and ban them from re‑entering under new legislation published today.   The Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill, if passed by Parliament, will also allow social landlords to end or transfer a tenancy of a perpetrator of domestic abuse to prevent a victim becoming homeless and enabling them to remain in the family home.  
5/10/2020
Coronavirus Update On Testing And Treatments - Explaining Computer Errors
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock updated Parliament on the government's response to coronavirus.   Mr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement on coronavirus.  
5/10/2020
Parent And Baby Groups - Updated Guidance Published On Number Of Adults Allowed
The number of adults allowed to attend parent and baby groups has been increased, subject to certain conditions, following the publication of updated public health advice.   When all children in a group are less than 12 months old, and other health and safety criteria are met, groups will now allow up to ten adults to be present at one time.  
5/10/2020
New technology to help NHS Boards meet demand - The CytospongeThumbnail for article : New technology to help NHS Boards meet demand - The Cytosponge
Innovative new health technology is being adapted by Scotland's NHS to improve patient care and meet demand for services that had to be paused due to COVID-19.   The Cytosponge is one example of this, offering a faster, simpler alternative to endoscopy procedures for diagnosing conditions such as Barrett's Oesophagus, which is a known risk factor for oesophageal cancer.  
5/10/2020
Six surprising ways to cut the cost of your car insuranceThumbnail for article : Six surprising ways to cut the cost of your car insurance
Getting wed could save you up to £200 on your car insurance Registering to vote can also massively impact your premiums Think your too old you have your parents as named drivers? Think again A recent proposal from the Financial Conduct Authority(FCA) aims to ban car insurance companies from hiking up renewal prices for existing customers.  In light of this, we've explored how this could potentially impact the quotes for one year policies offered to new customers.  
5/10/2020
New Standards For Secure Care
Overhaul to improve children's rights.   New national standards for secure care have been developed for the first time setting out what support children should expect from professionals when in the community or secure care.  
5/10/2020
New Report Says Poverty In Scotland Is Not ImprovingThumbnail for article : New Report Says Poverty In Scotland Is Not Improving
A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation underlines that poverty in Scotland is not improving and indeed in many cases is getting worse.   The pressures of Covid are adding to the problems.