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19/6/2019
Clydesdale Bank Name To Be Rebranded To Virgin MoneyThumbnail for article : Clydesdale Bank Name To Be Rebranded To Virgin Money
Savers with Virgin Money, Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank face changes to their compensation limits later this year.   Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank Group (CYBG) bought Virgin Money last year to create the UK's sixth largest bank.  
19/6/2019
Go Wild With Dissertation - £200 Grant On OfferThumbnail for article : Go Wild With Dissertation - £200 Grant On Offer
Countryside and environment students are being offered a grant of up to £200 for dissertations about rewilding in Scotland.   The Reforesting Scotland Student Bursary can be used to help with transport, materials and living costs associated with doing a dissertation on the theme of ecological restoration.  
19/6/2019
Living Standards, Poverty And Inequality In The Uk 2019Thumbnail for article : Living Standards, Poverty And Inequality In The Uk 2019
Report by Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).   Pascale Bourquin, Jonathan Cribb, Tom Waters and Xiaowei Xu Report.  
AECOM signs agreement with Toshiba to perform nuclear decommissioning services in JapanThumbnail for article : AECOM signs agreement with Toshiba to perform nuclear decommissioning services in Japan
The partnership will expand access to the key Asian market that is valued at $50 billion and further underscores AECOM's leading nuclear decontamination and decommissioning capabilities.   LOS ANGELES (June 17, 2019) — AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, and Toshiba have signed an Alliance Agreement to work together on decommissioning nuclear reactors in Japan.  
18/6/2019
Temporary road closures for Highland Cross event
Road users are advised that on Saturday 22 June 2019 part of the C1112 Glen Affric Road will be temporarily closed to vehicles from 11am to 5pm during the Highland Cross 2019 event.   The area affected is between the road's junction with the C1110 Cannich - Fasnakle - Kerrow Wood Road and its end at the north side of the road bridge over the Abhainn Gleann nam Fiadh.  
18/6/2019
FCA Publishes Final Report In Relation To RBS GRG
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published the final report on its investigation in to Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) treatment of small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) customers transferred to its Global Restructuring Group (GRG).  This follows the update provided in July 2018 on the investigation.  
18/6/2019
£51 Million For Active Travel Infrastructure In 2019
During a statement provided to the Scottish Parliament, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson announced that up to £51 million is available for walking and cycling infrastructure in 2019/2020.   The record funding has been allocated through the Scottish Government's active travel budget and will be match funded through applications to the Places for Everyone infrastructure programme, which is administered on behalf of Transport Scotland by Sustrans Scotland.  
18/6/2019
FCA Calls On Consumer To Act Now As PPI Complaints Deadline Pressure Builds
As new ads launch today, 90s icon Mr Motivator and personal finance expert Sarah Pennells join ‘Animatronic Arnie' on FCA’s ‘Pressure’s on Panel’ to help galvanise consumer action.   The FCA releases latest figures on PPI With just over two months to go until the 29 August 2019 PPI complaints deadline, the FCA is urging all UK consumers to make a decision, before it’s too late, about whether to complain about PPI.  
18/6/2019
FCA Publishes Final Rules On Buy Now Pay Later Products
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today confirmed it will introduce new rules in the Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) market, saving consumers around £40-60 million a year.  The changes, which include banning firms from charging backdated interest on money that has been repaid by the consumer during the BNPL offer period, will be in force by 12 November 2019.  
18/6/2019
11% Of Scots Have Had To Turn To Payday Lenders Due To Inconsistent Freelance Payments
11% of Scots have had to turn to payday lenders due to inconsistent freelance payments.   A QUARTER of Scots can't afford big ticket payments such as home improvements and holidays due to inconsistent freelance payments.  
18/6/2019
Population Challenges - Ministerial Group To Address Concerns
A Ministerial task group will consider Scotland's future population challenges and develop new solutions to address demographic and population change.   Against a backdrop of a record fall in the birth rate, Scotland’s population is ageing with a shift in population from the west to east and declining population in rural areas.  
18/6/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 18 June 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (June, 18th) sold 37 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (11) averaged 203.1p (-8.6p) and sold to 210.0p per kg and £1,306.50 gross.  
17/6/2019
Registration Of EU Nationals Ahead Of Brexit Is Critically Important
Stuart McWilliams stresses the importance of registration for EU nationals ahead of Brexit.   In recent months, I have spent a lot of time meeting with EU nationals concerned about their status once the UK leaves the EU.  
17/6/2019
Business Expenses For The Self EmployedThumbnail for article : Business Expenses For The Self Employed
HMRC has a range of videos on taxation.   This one is part one of a series of four on Youtube..  
17/6/2019
Study Environmental Management At SRUCThumbnail for article : Study Environmental Management At SRUC
As a graduate of our Environmental Management courses, you'll be able to apply appropriate solutions to environmental problems, based on sound knowledge and understanding.   Apply now at www.sruc.ac.uk/study.  
17/6/2019
Businesses urged to sign up to Trades Services Framework events
People working in Highland trades businesses are being urged by The Highland Council to attend a supplier briefing roadshow event near them coming soon across the region if they wish to tender for future Council contracts.   The Council has created a new Trades Services Framework for repair, maintenance and minor works to maintain and improve the Council estate and to help deliver the Council's property maintenance programme for domestic and non-domestic properties.  
17/6/2019
Is staff retention an issue in the public sector?Thumbnail for article : Is staff retention an issue in the public sector?
Commenting on today's article, Anna Bodey, senior analyst at the Office for National Statistics, said:"Most of the larger public sector occupations, including doctors, nurses & midwives and primary school teachers, have a one-year retention rate above the UK workforce average.  One-year retention rates in the public sector were lower in 2016 to 2017 than they were in 2012 to 2013, with the biggest fall in rate for social workers and public sector care workers." Main points From 2016 to 2017, the UK workforce one-year retention rate was 83% and the public sector one-year retention rate was 84%.  
17/6/2019
The Revolution Is Rural - Scotland's Rural CollegeThumbnail for article : The Revolution Is Rural - Scotland's Rural College
SRUC's new films aim to ‘dispel myths and broaden horizons' Scotland’s Rural College is showing that it doesn’t "follow the herd" with a new set of films designed to "dispel myths, challenge stereotypes and broaden horizons".   Drones in flight, golfers in full swing, and horses leaping over fences are among the stunning visuals featured in two new SRUC videos, unveiled today (Monday 17 June 2019).  
17/6/2019
Study Countryside Management At SRUCThumbnail for article : Study Countryside Management At SRUC
Countryside Management is about addressing the needs of the natural heritage and environment, and the people who work and play in it, to the advantage of all concerned.   With a focus on both the practical and theoretical, you'll learn all the skills you need to deal with the current and future issues of countryside management and conservation.  
17/6/2019
Find Your Path - Scotland's Rural CollegeThumbnail for article : Find Your Path - Scotland's Rural College
SRUC's new films aim to ‘dispel myths and broaden horizons'.   Scotland's Rural College is showing that it doesn’t "follow the herd" with a new set of films designed to "dispel myths, challenge stereotypes and broaden horizons".