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25/9/2020
100 Days Until Brexit And The UK Is Nowhere Near ReadyThumbnail for article : 100 Days Until Brexit And The UK Is Nowhere Near Ready
With 100 days to go until the end of the transition period, Maddy Thimont Jack warns the UK is still far from prepared for the realities of life outside the European Union.   Casual observers would be forgiven for assuming that Brexit is already done.  
25/9/2020
Students Experience Mental Health Issues - MSP Rhoda Grant Raises The Prospect
Rhoda Grant MSP is raising her concerns with Scottish Government ministers for the mental health of students following today's ban on socialising with anyone outside of their halls of residence or accommodation.   The Labour member for Highlands & Islands said she wants reassurances from the government that it will encourage universities and all those involved in supporting students through this period, to utilise all support available for students who are struggling to cope mentally with social isolation.  
24/9/2020
First Minister calls for urgent four nation coronavirus talksThumbnail for article : First Minister calls for urgent four nation coronavirus talks
Scale and urgency of the situation demands joint working to find solutions.   First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tonight written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for urgent four nation talks to continue to drive coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission to the lowest possible level.  
24/9/2020
UK Regulator Strengthens Opioid WarningsThumbnail for article : UK Regulator Strengthens Opioid Warnings
Stronger warnings about the risk of dependence and addiction to be added to the patient information leaflet and discussed with patients.   People who take prescribed or over-the-counter medicines containing opioids for non-cancer pain will now be given stronger warnings about the risk of dependence and addiction, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced today.  
24/9/2020
UK Businesses and Cybersecurity: A Troubled RelationshipThumbnail for article : UK Businesses and Cybersecurity: A Troubled Relationship
Introduction Security company Carbon Black released a report showing that 88% of UK businesses suffered from a data breach during a 12-month period.  It also revealed the average number of breaches per organization: 3.67.  
24/9/2020
Chancellor Of The Exchequer, Rishi Sunak On The Winter Economy PlanThumbnail for article : Chancellor Of The Exchequer, Rishi Sunak On The Winter Economy Plan
Winter Economy Plan speech as delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.   Mr Speaker, Thank you for granting me permission to make this Statement to the House today.  
24/9/2020
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 September 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 24th) sold 2,927 breeding and store sheep.   Breeding ewes (1,515) sold to £127 gross for Cheviots from Carnoch, Strathconon.  
24/9/2020
Brexit - Preparations For The End Of The Transition PeriodThumbnail for article : Brexit - Preparations For The End Of The Transition Period
Statement made to the House of Commons by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove.   Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker.  
24/9/2020
Highlands And Islands MSPs Back The Keep Me Posted CampaignThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands MSPs Back The Keep Me Posted Campaign
Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, Scottish Labour's MSPs for the Highlands and Islands region have pledged to constituents that they are still here to help and those who wish do to so are able to contact them by mail or over the phone, despite regional offices remaining closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.   The MSPs were contacted by the consumer campaign, Keep Me Posted, which aims to ensure that consumers who do not have access to the internet or who just prefer to receive bills or mail by post are able to do so, for an assurance that constituents can still contact their MSPs by post.  
24/9/2020
Chancellor Outlines Winter Economy Plan In Todays StatementThumbnail for article : Chancellor Outlines Winter Economy Plan In Todays Statement
Rishi Sunak unveils government's plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.   central to plan is a new Job Support Scheme and extension of Self Employment Income Support Scheme.  
24/9/2020
House Sales Rise Following Introduction Of Stamp Duty Holiday Supporting Nearly 750,000 JobsThumbnail for article : House Sales Rise Following Introduction Of Stamp Duty Holiday Supporting Nearly 750,000 Jobs
Residential property transactions rose 15.6% in August following introduction of stamp duty holiday.   Rise in sales supports nearly three quarters of a million jobs in the sector - with new homeowners also spending extra cash on decorating, furniture and appliances.  
24/9/2020
Councillors commend carbon reduction measures being achieved in Highland
Highland Councillors have commended the Council's ongoing efforts to reduce carbon consumption over the past year.   Members have welcomed the information that the Council has saved over 6,000 tonnes of carbon this year.  
24/9/2020
Covid-19 Spending Reaches £6.5bn in Scotland - UK Chancellor Cancels Autumn BudgetThumbnail for article : Covid-19 Spending Reaches £6.5bn in Scotland - UK Chancellor Cancels Autumn Budget
A further £2.5 billion has been allocated by the Scottish Government in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).   The Autumn Budget Revision (ABR) for 2020-21 brings the total committed so far to dealing with the pandemic to more than £6.5 billion.  
23/9/2020
Wick hotel celebrates 65 years of independent family businessThumbnail for article : Wick hotel celebrates 65 years of independent family business
One of the north Highlands' most iconic hotels is celebrating 65 years as an independent family business this September.   Mackays Hotel on Union Street in Wick has been a leading accommodation provider and a cornerstone of local community life in Caithness for over six decades since being purchased by the first family member in 1955, Murray Lamont's maternal grandmother.  
Scots And German Renewables Groups To Collaborate On Offshore Wind And HydrogenThumbnail for article : Scots And German Renewables Groups To Collaborate On Offshore Wind And Hydrogen
Renewable energy industry groups in Scotland and Germany are joining forces to boost the production of both offshore wind energy and green hydrogen.   The north of Scotland's offshore wind cluster organisation, DeepWind, has today (Wednesday 23 September 2020) signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its German counterpart, WAB.  
23/9/2020
Income tax outturn 2018/19 & implications for the budgetThumbnail for article : Income tax outturn 2018/19 & implications for the budget
Published by The Fraser of Allender Institute.   So now we know.  
23/9/2020
Horrendous Waiting Lists For Mental Health In Caithness
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has found that people with complex mental health problems who need psychology services can sometimes wait nearly two years for appointments.   Mrs Grant asked NHS Highland about the situation for adult mental health services in Caithness after constituents contacted her with concerns and following a meeting with representatives from Caithness health campaigners CHAT.  
23/9/2020
Virtual Education In Highland - Supportive, Interactive, EngagingThumbnail for article : Virtual Education In Highland - Supportive, Interactive, Engaging
Virtual education in Highland - Supportive, Interactive, Engaging.   The Highland Council can support and deliver education to any pupils who are asked to self-isolate by the Health Protection Team, in all of our 203 schools across the region.  
23/9/2020
Best and worst banks - Is it time To Switch Your Bank
Which recently updated it article on the best and worst banks.   There are cash offers available to switch business accounts and you may already have seen RBS offers as they are under orders to do it.  
23/9/2020
High Life Highland Locations Still Open For BusinessThumbnail for article : High Life Highland Locations Still Open For Business
The Chief Executive of High Life Highland has spoken following the First Minister's statements to remind customers that the Charity's locations should not be affected by the restrictions coming into place later in the week.   Steve Walsh said, "High Life Highland has worked extremely hard to ensure that our locations are operating strictly in line with the Scottish Government's guidelines.