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7/8/2020
Eat Out To Help Out Scheme Update - Claims Service OpenThumbnail for article : Eat Out To Help Out Scheme Update - Claims Service Open
The claims service for restaurants taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme is open.   Outlets can now claim reimbursements from the UK Government for discounts given to their diners this week (Monday to Wednesday), and payment will be made within five working days.  
Final Towhead Movement To Wester Site Today 7th August
Subsea 7 will be moving the final two towheads from Wick Harbour to Wester Site tomorrow, 7th of August; leaving Wick Harbour around 09:00 (dates and times are subject to having suitable weather and Police availability).   This move should be similar to previous towhead moves, leaving Wick Harbour and proceeding directly to Wester Site.  
7/8/2020
Andorra, Belgium And The Bahamas To Be Removed From Travel Corridors List
Update to foreign travel public health requirements.   Passengers from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas will be required to self-isolate at home or another specified address for 14 days on arrival in Scotland and England from Saturday, following a significant increase in the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in those countries.  
7/8/2020
Integrated Approach To Repopulating Remote AreasThumbnail for article : Integrated Approach To Repopulating Remote Areas
International initiatives leading to the repopulation of islands and remote rural communities could be replicated across Scotland - with adequate financial and community backing.   Researchers at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) compared projects in Argyll and Bute and Orkney, with those in the Republic of Ireland, Canada, USA and Denmark, including the Faroe Islands.  
7/8/2020
Joint Statement on the U.S. - UK Financial Innovation Partnership meeting
U.S.  and UK participants in the U.S.-UK Financial Innovation Partnership (FIP) met virtually on 5 August, 2020, to exchange views on topics of mutual interest as part of their ongoing partnership.  
7/8/2020
Job Retention Scheme - Information For Tax Credit Claimaints Returning To WorkThumbnail for article : Job Retention Scheme - Information For Tax Credit Claimaints Returning To Work
From HMRC.   If you claim tax credits and have returned to work after being furloughed but are still temporarily not working your normal hours due to COVID 19 you do not need to tell us.  
7/8/2020
Bank forecasts significantly stronger than in May
Although the Bank of England on Thursday upgraded its forecasts for GDP significantly, its projections still suggest the UK has experienced one of the largest economic hits among rich countries, the Resolution Foundation said on Thursday in response to the Bank's Monetary Policy Report.   The Bank notes that in its central case - in which a rapid recovery is underway this quarter - the economy is still expected to shrink by 9.5 per cent this year.  
7/8/2020
Early Learning Centres Still On Pause For Extension to 1140 Hours
Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) update.   At yesterday's (6 August) meeting of the Education Committee, Members were updated on the Council's provision of ELC, as part of the return of school and ELC settings.  
7/8/2020
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd- - Sale 7 August 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 7th) sold 9,164 store lambs at an average of £69.14 (up £10.21 on the year).   Beltex (1,355) averaged £69.59 and sold to £94 gross from Simpsons Croft, Scotsburn.  
7/8/2020
Success achieved by school communities across Highland towards young people's education, wellbeing and skills
Members at yesterday's (6 August) meeting of Education Committee, heard about the success of schools across Highland communities and, specifically, drivers of success from Highland Head Teachers from Portree High, Dingwall Academy, Thurso High, Kingussie High, and St Clement's School in Dingwall.   Chair of the Education Committee, Councillor John Finlayson, said: "The achievements and resilience of our young people across the Highlands has to be congratulated along with the positive results we have heard about today.  
7/8/2020
Teacher recruitment update in Highland
An update on the recruitment of teaching positions in Highland was presented to Members of the Council's Education Committee yesterday (6 August 2020).   Head of Education, Nicky Grant, said: "I want to thank our staff members who have stepped into these vacancies while we continue in our recruitment of teaching and support staff.  
6/8/2020
Teacher Recruitment In Highland - Council Debate 6 August 2020
Paper presented to the Education committee, Highland council on 6 August 2020.   Most posts filled but some posts to be advertised in August.  
6/8/2020
Important information about the Job Retention Bonus From HMRCThumbnail for article : Important information about the Job Retention Bonus From HMRC
HMRC have published additional information on the Job Retention Bonus, including details on how to check if you're eligible and what you need to do now to get ready to claim.   You can find this by going to GOV‌.UK and searching ‘Job Retention Bonus - Policy Statement'.  
6/8/2020
Bank Rate Maintained At 0.1% - August 2020Thumbnail for article : Bank Rate Maintained At 0.1% - August 2020
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sets monetary policy to meet the 2% inflation target, and in a way that helps to sustain growth and employment.  In that context, its challenge at present is to respond to the economic and financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  
6/8/2020
Offshore Energy Integration Can Deliver 30% Of Uk's Net Zero TargetThumbnail for article : Offshore Energy Integration Can Deliver 30% Of Uk's Net Zero Target
Partnering and co-ordinating infrastructure important for decarbonisation.   The integration of offshore energy systems, including oil and gas, renewables, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, could contribute to deliver approximately 30% of the UK's total carbon reduction requirements needed to meet the 2050 net zero target.  
6/8/2020
Permanent Placements Drop At Quickest Pace Since 2009
Royal Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs.   • Substantial fall in permanent placements as temp billings decline at sharpest pace on record • Demand for staff falls • Candidate availability continues to deteriorate.  
6/8/2020
Bank Of England - Financial Policy Summary And Record - August 2020
The Financial Policy Committee (FPC) aims to ensure the UK financial system is prepared for, and resilient to, the wide range of risks it could face - so that the system can serve UK households and businesses in bad times as well as good.   The Covid-19 pandemic is having a severely disruptive economic impact, with repercussions for UK households and businesses.  
6/8/2020
Zero Waste Scotland campaign urging people to bin litter or take it homeThumbnail for article : Zero Waste Scotland campaign urging people to bin litter or take it home
Visitors to Highland region are urged not to spoil it by littering when they're enjoying days out in our beautiful landscape.   Highland Council is backing Zero Waste Scotland's new campaign: Scotland is Stunning - Let's Keep It That Way, which aims to inspire people getting out and about to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving litter, reminding them they should either bin litter or take it home.  
6/8/2020
Drivers urged to slow down near schools
The Highland Council and Police Scotland are urging drivers to slow down near schools as term starts next week across Highland and pupils return to schools from 12th August onward.   Highland Council is warning parents and pupils that part time flashing 20mph signs around Highland Schools will not be operating as normal - due to a technical error caused by inactivity of the signs over the long period of lockdown.  
6/8/2020
Bank Of England - Monetary Policy Report And Financial Stability Report - August 2020Thumbnail for article : Bank Of England - Monetary Policy Report And Financial Stability Report - August 2020
Covid-19 is reducing jobs and incomes in the UK.  It has also put a big strain on UK businesses' cash flow, and is threatening the livelihoods of many people.