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Scottish Government Simplifying The Common Agricultural Policy
Simplicity, flexibility and consistency are at the heart of recommendations to improve how we support farming and food production in the future.   A taskforce set up to look at changes to the way the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is delivered during the transition period 2021-2024 has recommended a number of improvements.  
Local Government Funding Is Not Keeping Up With Needs Say COSLA
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has launched a campaign to persuade the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP to invest in Scotland's councils before it is too late.  COSLA has produced a briefing document Invest in Essential Services which clearly shows the reduction to Local Government funding since 2013/14 and how the flexibility councils have to spend their budget has been eroded by the Scottish Government.  
Safe Loading In Rough Seas At Gills Harbour Pentland FerriesThumbnail for article : Safe Loading In Rough Seas At Gills Harbour Pentland Ferries
With expert guidance from the crew of Pentland Ferries "Alfred" this lorry safely loads onto the ferry at Gills Harbour, Caithness, today (9 January 2019), for her crossing to St Margarets Hope.   Sea swells were evident, making the job even harder & causing the ferry to be delayed.  
MV Helliar Replacing MV Hamnavoe 13th - 26th JanuaryThumbnail for article : MV Helliar Replacing MV Hamnavoe 13th  - 26th January
The MV Hamnavoe is due to be in dry dock from 13th to 26th January 2020 (inclusive), and there will be additional north and southbound calls into Kirkwall by the MV Hrossey and MV Hjaltland.  During this time the MV Helliar will provide a replacement service on the Pentland Firth route.  
North Of Scotland Delays For Full Fibre Broadband
Delivery of full fibre broadband.   The Scottish Government will go beyond its commitment to provide superfast broadband to all premises across Scotland, delivering the most ambitious investment in broadband in the UK.  
Holyrood's Finance And Constitution Committee Launches Inquiry Into Scotland And The Uk Internal Market Post-brexit
Brexit is almost agreed at Westminster but q year of negotiations will follow.   However the complications we all may never have thought of are now coming up in the Scottish Parliament.  
Councils Empowered To Introduce Safety And Control Measures
Local authorities are to be given new powers to regulate short-term lets where they decide this is in the interests of local communities.   Housing Minister Kevin Stewart announced measures in the Scottish Parliament to provide local authorities with the ability to implement a licensing scheme for short-term lets from spring 2021.  
Supporting Innovation In Farming
Investment towards low-carbon future.   A project which aims to keep calves with their mothers for longer is among those that will share more than £340,000 of investment.  
Archives Accreditation Award: Nucleus - The Nuclear And Caithness ArchiveThumbnail for article : Archives Accreditation Award: Nucleus - The Nuclear And Caithness Archive
We are delighted to announce that the latest Scottish service to be awarded Accredited Archive Status is Nucleus - the Nuclear and Caithness Archive.  Encompassing the national archive of the UK civil nuclear industry, Nucleus is also home to the historical archive for the county of Caithness.  
Austerity Hits Housing Benefit
UK welfare cuts leave families struggling to pay rent.   A total of 3,320 families in Scotland claiming help with housing costs are £64 a week worse off because of UK welfare cuts.  
Scotland And Norway Are Natural Partners
Scotland and Norway can work together to play a major role in tackling climate change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Norwegian business leaders.   Addressing the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise conference in Oslo, the First Minister highlighted offshore wind and carbon capture and storage as sectors where the two countries are at the forefront of developing technologies.  
Caithness General Hospital secures a world first for pioneering environmental workThumbnail for article : Caithness General Hospital secures a world first for pioneering environmental work
Caithness General Hospital in Wick is the first hospital in the world to gain the prestigious Alliance of Water Stewardship standard.   Pioneering work in Wick has enabled the town's main hospital to be awarded international status for work undertaken to reduce the impact of pharmaceuticals on the environment.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 7 January 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 7th) sold 13 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (13) averaged 192.4p (-2.2p) and sold to 201.0p per kg twice and £1,292.00 gross.  
Don't return large and heavy items in original packing urges ParcelHero, as returns continue to flood back
This year's peak returns period is continuing into a second week, says ParcelHero; as it warns manufacturers' original packaging may not keep larger returns safe.   This year’s Christmas returns peak period has, unusually, continued into the second week in January, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero.  
FCA And Bank Of England Announce Proposals For Data Reforms Across The Uk Financial Sector
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Bank of England (Bank) today outlined their plans to develop their data and analytics capabilities.  Both authorities depend on access to high-quality data to fulfil their respective missions of maintaining monetary and financial stability, market integrity, effective competition and consumer protection.  
The distributional impact of personal tax and benefit reforms, 2010 to 2019Thumbnail for article : The distributional impact of personal tax and benefit reforms, 2010 to 2019
This article was first publish by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on 18th November 2019.   Each year until 2024/25 more and more families will see the changes to universal credit and other benefits reduce the money available to them.  
Busted! HMRC Reveals Biggest Criminal Cases Of Year 2019Thumbnail for article : Busted! HMRC Reveals Biggest Criminal Cases Of Year 2019
This year's list once again shows the lengths some people will go to steal money destined to support important public services.   The smashing of international criminal gangs, large money laundering seizures and fake investment schemes all feature in HM Revenue and Customs' top criminal cases of 2019.  
National Living Wage Set To Increase By 6.2% In 2020Thumbnail for article : National Living Wage Set To Increase By 6.2% In 2020
Annual pay rise of up to £930 for a full time worker.   National Living Wage (NLW) increasing from £8.21 to £8.72.  
£3 Billion Support For Farmers Confirmed In Time For 2020 - £449 Million For ScotlandThumbnail for article : £3 Billion Support For Farmers Confirmed In Time For 2020 - £449 Million For Scotland
The Chancellor confirmed at the end of December 2019 that nearly £3 billion of funding will be available for 2020 to support farmers once the UK leaves the EU.   - this cash injection will maintain the level of funding for Direct Payments at the same rate as last year.  
£5m Award For Highlands & Islands TourismThumbnail for article : £5m Award For Highlands & Islands Tourism
Nine projects in the Highlands and Islands will share a £5 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) award to promote the outstanding scenery, wildlife and culture of the Highlands and Islands, Scottish Tourism & Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced.   The funding has been awarded through the Natural Cultural and Heritage Fund, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).