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18/2/2020
Trades Services Framework Standstill Period Extended In Highland Council Area
The standstill period under the Council's Trades Services Framework agreement was due to close with effect from Monday 17th February 2020, with the intention of a proposed go live date with the new arrangements and contracts of 24th February.   The standstill period is a defined period of time between the notice of the contract award decision and the award of the contract.  
18/2/2020
National Saving cuts interest rates and adds another nail to the coffin of UK saving productsThumbnail for article : National Saving cuts interest rates and adds another nail to the coffin of UK saving products
It has today been announced that National Saving has slashed its interest rates and Premium Bond prizes dealing yet another blow to the nation's savers who have already suffered due to continuously low interest rates.   Founder and MD of Sourced Capital , Stephen Moss, commented:"Yet another blow for those trying their best to accumulate any kind of savings pot and perhaps the final nail in the coffin for the vast array of savings based products available to the consumer, as more and more are opting to move away from these traditional options due to the pitiful returns they now provide.  
18/2/2020
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 18 February 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (February, 18th) sold 11 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (1) averaged 180.0p (-17.5p) and sold to 180.0p per kg and £1,323.00 gross.  
18/2/2020
Taxi Fares Held Level For Another 18 Months In Highland And Tuk Tuk Licence For Wick RefusedThumbnail for article : Taxi Fares Held Level For Another 18 Months In Highland And Tuk Tuk Licence For Wick Refused
Following a review taxi fares in Highland have been held at the same level by the Highland Council Licensing Committee held on 18 February 2019.   The papers and the debate on this issue can be seen at items six on the webcast - https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/469655 There is a 14 Day period for appeal.  
17/2/2020
First Minister Announces New Positions In The Scottish CabinetThumbnail for article : First Minister Announces New Positions In The Scottish Cabinet
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined new appointments to the Scottish Government and cabinet.   Following her delivery of the Scottish Budget, Kate Forbes has been nominated as Cabinet Secretary for Finance, while Fiona Hyslop will build on a hugely successful period as External Affairs Secretary by taking responsibility for the economy as Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture.  
17/2/2020
Scottish National Investment Bank looks hardwired for failure - here's why
Ross Brown, Univeristy of St Andrews.   Scotland is a step closer to launching the UK's first national investment bank after the Scottish parliament passed plans to create this new source of funding for Scottish businesses.  
Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism Programme
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has contracted marketing and business development company, Business and Tourism Solutions (BTS), who will work with Lochaber Chamber of Commerce to deliver the programme.   It will provide intensive engagement, support and interventions for around 50 businesses and providers in the sector across the Highland Council area.  
Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another ViewThumbnail for article : Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another View
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has submitted a planning application for a vertical launch site, Space Hub Sutherland, that it plans to construct on the A' Mhoine peninsula, Melness, near Tongue.  
17/2/2020
Coronavirus: The Blow To The Chinese Economy Could Be Felt For YearsThumbnail for article : Coronavirus: The Blow To The Chinese Economy Could Be Felt For Years
Investors are still being fairly complacent about the novel coronavirus.  After the number of new daily cases suddenly shot up to more than 15,000 on February 12 following more than a week of decline, there were some jitters in the markets.  
17/2/2020
Meeting The Costs Of BrexitThumbnail for article : Meeting The Costs Of Brexit
The UK Government should give an immediate commitment to cover the cost to business and government of leaving the EU, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said.   With the UK Government acknowledging there will be additional checks and certificates required for trade with the EU, Mr Ewing said it is vital they commit to meeting the resulting additional costs incurred by Scotland becoming a ‘third country'.  
15/2/2020
Spaceport Planning ApplicationThumbnail for article : Spaceport Planning Application
On 14th February 2020 the Highland council place an advert in the Northern times newspaper regarding the Spaceport planning application as follows.  - THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (SCOTLAND) ACT 1997 TOWN and COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017.  
14/2/2020
New Beef Sector Climate Group
A new farmer-led group will examine how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the suckler herd.   Co-chaired by Jim Walker, the group will consider proposals for alternative ways to support the suckler sector mitigate its environmental impact and identify practical ways in which it can reduce its emissions.  
14/2/2020
Uk's First Industrial Contribution To International Space Station Ready For Take OffThumbnail for article : Uk's First Industrial Contribution To International Space Station Ready For Take Off
UK-built technology that will revolutionise the science astronauts carry out on the International Space Station is due to launch today (14 February 2020).   Called COLKa for ‘Columbus Ka-band Terminal', the system will allow astronauts and researchers to benefit from a direct link with Europe at home broadband speeds, relaying data from experiments on the ISS back to Earth almost instantaneously.  
13/2/2020
Highland councillors approve small rise in council home rents
Members today approved a modest 3% rent increase for residential rents and service charges following detailed consultation with tenants.   The increase will result in a rise in the average weekly council house rent from £75.38 to £77.74 (£2.26), which means that Highland rents are still 8th lowest of the 26 councils which retain housing.  
13/2/2020
Labour Say More Cuts On The Way Following SNP Budget
Yesterday, during the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee, the minister from Public Finance and Digital Economy, Kate Forbes, stated that local authorities are not "collapsing" in Scotland.   This is despite warnings from COSLA ahead of the budget statement that stated local authorities were under immense pressure and in need of massive investment.  
13/2/2020
COSLA Says Frontline Scottish Council Services Will Be Hit
COSLA said it was disappointed that once again the Scottish Government has presented a Budget for Local Government that looks much better than the reality behind the figures.   Speaking this afternoon following the Scottish Government's Budget announcement, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:"On the face of it this looks like a good Budget for Local Government with a cash increase of £495million and whilst we acknowledge this money, the reality behind this figure unfortunately is quite different.  
12/2/2020
Council Tax Scam warning
Highland Council Trading Standards are again warning unsuspecting residents of the emergence of a new Council Tax scam.   Today a call was received by the Council from a Council Tax payer alerting to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are now texting people and informing them that they are due a Council Tax rebate.  
12/2/2020
Chief Social Work Officer's first annual report highlights successes and challenges
Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer's first annual report highlights successes and challenges.` Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer for Highland Council, Karen Ralston, has enjoyed a successful first year in her role.   Members today noted the 2018/19 annual report at the meeting of the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care committee.  
12/2/2020
More Questions Asked On Chronic Pain Delays At Nhs Highland
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, has tabled more questions in the Scottish Parliament in his bid to see waiting times improved at NHS Highland's chronic pain clinic.   Mr Stewart, who is also Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, was approached by constituents who complained about the waiting times for first appointments in the north, advising that in some cases there can also be more than a year's wait for follow up appointments.  
Plans Submitted For Satellite Launch Site In Sutherland
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.   The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.