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8/11/2019
Highland Town Centre's Given A Welcome Boost
Over £2.3 million pounds of investment is set to benefit town centres across the Highlands with 30 transformational projects about to get underway to stimulate economic investment and to help towns diversify and flourish.   The Town Centre capital grant fund from the Scottish Government is targeted to encourage town and city centres to diversify and flourish, giving new purpose and creating footfall.  
8/11/2019
Drilling at East side of Dunnet Bay - Notice To MarinersThumbnail for article : Drilling at East side of Dunnet Bay - Notice To Mariners
Proposed routes of vessels involved in installation (from port to site) Main Vessel Route: Kirkwall -Scrabster Scrabster -Dunnet Bay Scrabster VTS will be notified of all operations and movements Details of any areas to be avoided Vessels are requested to maintain a minimum distance of 250 meters from the stated Co-ordinates submitted.  INSTRUCTIONS TO VESSELS Vessels involved will be keeping continuous listening watch on Channel 16 and 6 and will display appropriate lights and marks as required by the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea.  
8/11/2019
Timetable For Three General Election Contests In The Highlands Confirmed
The Highland Council has published the Notice of Election for all three Highland UK parliamentary constituencies which provides details of the timetable leading up to polling day on the 12 December.   NOTICE OF ELECTION Candidate wishing to stand have until 4pm on Thursday 14 November to submit their nominations.  
8/11/2019
For Anyone Interested in Economics
Each year early career economists at Institute for Fiscal Studies deliver a day of public economics talks, aimed at A-level and undergraduate students who have an interest in economics or might want to pursue a career in public policy research.  As part of this year's Festival of Social Science, and for the first time, we will be live streaming and recording a selection of topics from the series.  
7/11/2019
Can Highland Council Set Up Its Own Bus Company?Thumbnail for article : Can Highland Council Set Up Its Own Bus Company?
Transport group chair calls for immediate research on viability of publicly operated Highland bus services.   SNP Ness-side councillor Ron MacWilliam has written to members of the Highland Council Redesign board to urge them to consider options for publicly run bus services in the Highlands.  
7/11/2019
Delivery of writs marks start to three General Election contests in the Highlands
The official process to elect Members of Parliament to represent the three UK Highland constituencies has begun.   Returning Officer, Donna Manson, Chief Executive of The Highland Council, was today (Thursday 7 November) hand delivered three writs, instructing her to conduct an election for the Highland UK Parliamentary constituencies.  
7/11/2019
The Living Wage Is Spreading But Some Are Not Yet There
UNISON says Glasgow colleges are ‘bottom of the class' when it comes to paying the Living Wage UNISON has called for the Scottish Government to intervene to force two rogue colleges to pay their low paid workers the Living Wage.   Glasgow Kelvin and Glasgow Clyde colleges are the last of Scotland's twenty national bargaining colleges where workers are paid less than the living wage of £9 per hour.  
7/11/2019
Five Key Questions About A Further Brexit Referendum
Proposals for another Brexit referendum will be at the heart of the election campaign and it is therefore important that the viability of politicians' plans are thoroughly tested.  Drawing on recent research, Alan Renwick, Meg Russell and Lisa James here set out five key questions.  
7/11/2019
Budget Or No Budget, With Borrowing Now On The Rise Again Fiscal Realities Can't Just Be Wished AwayThumbnail for article : Budget Or No Budget, With Borrowing Now On The Rise Again Fiscal Realities Can't Just Be Wished Away
From the Instutute for Fiscal Studies report.   Carl Emmerson, Paul Johnson and Isabel Stockton Observation.  
7/11/2019
Highland Visitor Levy Consultation generates huge response
The Convener of The Highland Council has expressed his thanks to everyone who contributed to the Council's recent visitor levy consultation which attracted more than 6,500 responses.   The Council's consultation on a potential Highland Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) was launched on the 15 August following detailed research into other regions’ and countries’ Visitor Levy schemes and the Council’s Pre-Consultation meetings with tourism industry stakeholders across Highland.  
7/11/2019
General Election 2019: Spending Free-for-all Policies Comes At A Price
In 2010 Labour and the Conservatives were offering austerity.  In 2015 the offer of another serious dose of public spending cuts won the day.  
6/11/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 6 November 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 6th) sold 127 weaned calves and store cattle and 2 breeding cattle.   Store bullocks (57) averaged 211.2p and sold to 252.1p per kilo for 242kg Simmental crosses from Brenachie, Kildary and £1,270 for a 730kg Limousin cross from Inshes Farm, Inverness.  
5/11/2019
NHS Highland Urgently Needs To Redesign Services - Report From Audit ScotlandThumbnail for article : NHS Highland Urgently Needs To Redesign Services - Report From Audit Scotland
The latest report by Audit Scotland on NHS Highland is possibly one of the worst you will ever read and certainly the worst for many years.   NHS Highland must focus on making significant and long-term changes in order to deal with its complex and ongoing problems.  
5/11/2019
The Plastic Bag Charge Has Caused A Huge Increase In Single Use Plastic Bags. Yes Increase
The Plastic bag charge has caused a huge increase in single use plastic bags.  Yes INCREASE How the law of unintended consequences hits the plastic carrier bag tax An unforeseen factor behind the supermarket plastic bag charge means that people are buying more single-use plastic bags.  
5/11/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 5 November 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 5th) sold 22 prime cattle.   Prime Heifers (19) averaged 192.6p (-2.1p) and sold to 196.0p per kg five times and £1,299.30 gross.  
5/11/2019
Consultation Launched On The Replacement For European Structural Funds
A consultation has been launched on a potential replacement to a £780 million European funding programme, if Brexit goes ahead.   The current funding programme has invested in key areas such as modern apprenticeship schemes and the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.  
4/11/2019
Bear Scotland - Resurfacing Work At BroraThumbnail for article : Bear Scotland - Resurfacing Work At Brora
4TH GENERATION TERM CONTRACT FOR MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF THE SCOTTISH TRUNK ROAD NETWORK - NORTH WEST UNIT.   A9 BRORA - CARRIAGEWAY RESURFACING.  
4/11/2019
Businesses And Groups Invited By Wick Community Council To Contribute To A Plan For The Old Woollies BuildingThumbnail for article : Businesses And Groups Invited By Wick Community Council To Contribute To A Plan For The Old Woollies Building
The old Woolworth building in Market Square, Wick is lying empty and unused.   The Wick Community Council is looking for any ideas from businesses or/and local groups for possible uses.  
2/11/2019
Update following Community Council nominations withdrawal period
Following the close of the Community Council Nominations on Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 20 community councils received more nominations than their maximum membership.  After the withdrawal period where candidates had the opportunity to withdraw their nomination, The Highland Council has confirmed that 16 Community Councils will be contested.  
2/11/2019
Placement Services Change Programme Helping Region's Most Vulnerable Young People
Highland Council's Placement Services Change Programme (PSCP) is helping make a real difference for the region’s most vulnerable young people.   The Placements Team in Children’s Services has developed a creative, courageous and dedicated programme to work with multi-disciplinary professionals to identify children out with Highland whose needs can be met back in the local area.